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Bead Embroidery Necklace

Bead Embroidery Pattern: Rockpools Necklace

£5.00

For this project you will need seed beads in sizes 15, 11 and 8, Arcos and Minos beads, 8mm Firepolish, Beadsmith Connector frames, Lacy’s Stiff Stuff and Ultrasuede backing. You will be using a range of bead embroidery techniques.

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About this bead embroidery project

My ‘Rockpools’ necklace started life as an experiment to see if I could incorporate connector frames into a piece of bead embroidery. I envisaged that the frames would allow me to cut out holes in the work and finish them with a neat edge. The design all felt a little risky as I had to add all the bead embroidery before I could be sure that the frame idea would work. So that was a lot of hours’ of labour that could have gone to waste! Happily, the idea proved sound and I really like the added dimension that these frames provide. The remaining design uses a range of bead embroidery techniques, including backstitch, brick stitch, couching, adding loops and single beads. This all made a bead embroidery front focal section which I then suspended from a chain made using the Arcos and Minos beads. I finished the whole design with a beaded Peyote clasp. I wanted the chain to pull out elements of the bead embroidery. For me, this was also a little experimental in seeing how the Arcos and Minos would sit in a bead embroidered piece. They worked well, but you do need to take care to get them to sit flat.

As with any piece of bead embroidery, the trick to a successful finish lies in accuracy. The instructions include the necklace template, so I have done all the measuring and calculations for you, but you need to take care when transferring this to the Stiff Stuff. There is also a certain amount of skill involved in getting the beads to sit well. For this reason, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as a place to start bead embroidery! The pattern does include technique reminders, but I have assumed some basic knowledge. I confess that I am becoming rather addicted to bead embroidery, so I know there will be more projects to come from me. I hope you enjoy this necklace: I ended up naming it ‘Rockpools’ as the colouring and circular design reminded me of the Cornish beaches that I love.

All the materials are available from Beadsmith stockists, so if you need to find one, this link should help.

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