Brighton Rock Necklace
This pattern uses tubular peyote stitch to make individual sticks of rock. I then linked them into a necklace, using size 6 seed beads. You can finish it with a clasp of your choice. The pattern takes you through step-by-step so you will learn how to make a plain peyote tube, then how to add a diagonal striped pattern. If you are comfortable learning new things, then even as a beginner, you should have no problem with this project. If you want a little practise on learning tubular peyote first, then I have a pattern that is perfect for that purpose here. There are also some peyote stitch tutorials for free download on the free tutorials page.
I used size 11 delicas to make the sticks of rock as these beads work beautifully in Peyote stitch and, if you are just starting out with this technique, these beads will help. The Brighton Rock necklace is carefully structured so that you will develop your tubular Peyote skills, but this idea only developed after I had the initial thought of beading sticks of rock. So, if you are already very happy working in Peyote stitch, you do not have to make the complete design, but may prefer to simply bead a stick of ‘Brighton Rock’ in your personal favourite colours!
If you enjoy the theme of beaded sweets and food, then I have a few other patterns on here that you may enjoy. You can develop your Peyote skills with a Liquorice Allsorts bracelet, or try making Coconut Ice beaded beads. I created another colourful bracelet based on the theme of peppermints, so there is plenty to tempt you if you browse the patterns on the website.
A Brighton Rock Story
I just wanted to share with you all a lovely story about this Brighton Rock necklace pattern. Early in 2016, Lindsay Latham bought the pattern and sent me a message to tell me that she would be using it make a necklace to enter into the Cheshire show. Lindsay has been a long-time supporter of my work: I got to meet her when I went to the Beads up North festival and she is a very talented beader…as you’re about to see!
So, fast-forward to July 2016 and I had a lovely surprise when I opened my email one morning to find a message and photos from Lindsay telling me that her Brighton Rock Necklace was awarded second place in the Cheshire show competition. As you can see from the gallery photos, she did a fabulous job and also personalised the design to add her own clasp. All I can say is, the first place must have been really amazing! So I’m thrilled for Lindsay and I just had to share this little Brighton Rock story with you all 🙂