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Choices, choices - part four

This week, I'll show you how I finished up the bead embroidered top of my new necklace and we'll get started on assembling it.  Last week, we left off with the central motif and three motifs on each side finished.  I explained that I chose to use the same stitch pattern on mirror motifs, but varied the colors and beads slightly so that it wouldn't look too symmetrical.

There were two more sets of motifs to stitch, and I chose Russian spirals and peyote for these.  Part of the reason for these choices is that I wanted motifs that looked good even in smaller scale since I'm now nearing the top of the necklace on each side.

Two Russian spiral motifs

Two peyote stitch motifs

A final step before cutting out the top is to go back and add any additional back stitch and bead stacks to join the motif, filling in any spaces that seem too empty or unbalanced.

After cutting out the top, I cut out a matching piece for the backing.   You can find detailed step by step directions for attaching the foundation to the backing in the free chapter of my first e-book, Every Bead Has a Story.  Go download yourself a copy of the first chapter, and you'll find all the info you need on the stitches and techniques used to back your necklace and finish off the edges.

Next week, I'm going to share with you the decorative edging that I added and how the strap and clasp were completed.

Tutorial posts:
Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four
Part five

Materials sources:

Small glass focal beads from The Best Beads
Steel cut buttons from antique shop in New Jersey
Centerpiece button from Susan Clarke

Instructions for motifs:

Bored By Back Stitch will teach you how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches.  Learn how beadweaving stitches can be morphed into beautiful bead embroidered motifs, created to surround and enhance your cabochons or accent beads.
The specific motifs you will learn are designs that use embroidered forms of basic peyote, Cellini spiral peyote, brick, Russian spiral, herringbone, chevron chain, right angle weave, square, African helix, and double or single St Petersburg chain.  In addition, there are step-by-step instructions for three projects to help you use your motifs.  The e-book is available now, 127 pages, $3.00 US.  
Copyright 2013 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


Really beautiful work! I don't know where you find the time!