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Ruffled peyote stitch rope necklace - a tutorial

Here is my last beaded rope necklace for the summer!  I'm going to take a couple of weeks off to regroup for the Fall season.  It's been a really long, hot, and emotionally difficult summer for me, and I am deeply in need of some down time to just think and feel. 

There are many ways to make a ruffled rope like this, but the way I prefer is probably the easiest!  On a long but manageable length of beading thread, string enough size 8/0 seed beads to be about 1 1/2 inch longer than the length you'd like the ruffled piece to be.  Remember that you will be adding cones, more beads, and a clasp when you choose the length.  For your first stitching row, do plain peyote stitch using the same color of size 8/0 beads.

For your second stitching row, choose a different color of size 8/0 beads and add two beads in each stitch.  This will cause the rope to begin to twist. 

For your last row, peyote stitch with size 11/0 seed beads, one between each pair of 8/0s from the previous row and one between each stitch in the previous row. 

Stitch a small loop on each end of the rope.  This tutorial that I wrote on herringbone ropes has the instructions for how to make the loops on the ends of the rope with seed beads.  For this current necklace, though, I used beading wire instead of regular 18 gauge wire. 

Use a crimp to attach beading wire to each loop.  Add a bead cone and as many beads as you'd like to make the straps the proper length. 

Add a clasp and a tab to the ends with two more crimps.  Use crimp covers to hide the crimps. 


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Ann Schroeder said…
This is a beautiful necklace. I love the sculptural nature of it. Have a nice time off!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Ann! Everyone needs some time of refreshing :-)