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Beaded rope necklace

I told you awhile ago about the splendid lampwork glass beads that I got from Auntie's Beads:

At the time, here's what I planned to do with some of them:
I think I'm going to use the oval beads and the round beads right above them to accent a right angle weave rope that I've been intending to try. The rope can be found in Marcia DeCoster's book Beaded Opulence. Assuming that I do make this piece, I'll share pictures of it when I'm done.

Well, it worked out even better than I had hoped. Most of you know that bead embroidery and not beadweaving is my primary thing. I sometimes get sloppy and miscount the beads, because I like to listen to recorded books while I work. Fortunately for me, Marcia's instructions are so easy to follow that once I got going, it was pretty much idiot-proof.

1. I started by weaving right-angle weave sections between the beads.

2. I added the full embellishments to the base in the middle section, but added a bit less to the upper sections of the RAW strand. The criss-cross pattern is stitched on both sides of the strand.

3. I used a variation on Laura McCabe's beaded toggle set from Embellished Beadweaving.

I am really happy with how this piece turned out!

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received these lampwork glass beads free of charge from Auntie's Beads in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

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Simple, but very elegant!!!!!!!!!
Cyndi L said…
Thanks so much! I'm thinking about actually keeping this one ;-)
WindyRiver said…
I love the technique you used to create the beaded rope - simple but yields an elegant, sophisticated result. Thanks again for another great tutorial!
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Sylvia! I have to make sure that credit is given to Marcia, though...I know that lots of people make RAW ropes, but she was the specific inspiration for mine :-)
What an amazing loop and toggle clasp! It really completes the piece perfectly.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Eileen :-) It looks much better when it is made from Delicas or another form of cylinder seed bead, but this was the color I wanted!
Heather said…
I love the colors and the pattern is quite easy to create. The beads are eye catching. What a beautiful design. Thank you for sharing it!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you Heather :-)