Digital Beading Magazine Issue 12 - Page 35

8 Step 8 To create the beaded necklace rope, thread your needle with a comfortable working length of cream thread. Working in tubular herringbone stitch, first create a bead ladder as shown (Photo 8) in (C) beads, before taking your needle down through the opposite end pair of beads and pulling into a circle (Photo 8a). Now, working in tubular herringbone stitch, pick up one (C) bead and one triangle bead and then take your needle down through the next bead of the original bead stack. Bring your needle up through the next bead in the stack and thread on one triangle bead and one (C) bead, taking needle down through the next bead. When you reach the last bead of the stack, bring your needle up through the first bead in the stack and the first (C) bead added after the stack. You will always bring your needle up through two beads as you work around the tube. Create a 21cm long rope – or the length desired – ensuring your bead types (C and triangles) alternate along your rope, as shown (Photo 8b). 8a 9 Step 9 At the end of your rope, thread on enough (E) beads to create a loop large enough to hold the loop end of one half of your clasp. Thread on the clasp loop and take the needle and thread back into your beaded rope end. Take your needle through the loop of beads a few times to strengthen the loop and then weave your needle back through the rope, tying some half-hitch knots as you go. Trim your thread (Photo 9). Now stitch the other end of the rope to the back of the flower at the edge, as shown (Photo 9a). 9a 8b