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Choices, choices - part five

Myst of Avalon, 2013
Do you like the name?  It was suggested by my friend Kathryn Lane Ware Berkowitz!

To add a decorative edge to your bead embroidered necklace, you'll want to start with a simple edging brick stitch.  (Instructions are available in the free first chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story).

Edging brick stitch

Picot stitch with size 15/0s along the upper parts of the bottom edge

Simple two bead stacks along the upper edge

Small accent beads added along the middle part of the lower edge

Save the largest accent beads for the middle of the lower edge

The entire body of the necklace is now edged.

I added a brick stitched bail to each end of the necklace, trapping a hammered oval link.  (Detailed step by step instructions for a brick stitched bail can be found in Chapter 3 of Every Bead Has a Story.)

Using basic wire working skills, form a hook clasp and beaded links for each side of the necklace.  Use wrapped loops to keep the chain secure.  

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 (I think!)
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.  


ACBeads said…
Cyndi, congratulations. It's a work of art and the name was very well chosen. Have a nice week, Ana
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Ana! I've got a lot of friends who are good at naming pieces...lucky for me!