I originally made my raspberry beaded necklace to showcase a beaded clasp in my ‘Beaded Clasps’ book. At that point, I only published the pattern for the raspberry clasp. Now, I have written up the full necklace instructions.
To make the raspberry beaded necklace, you will need these materials:
- 2 x 4mm Peanut or Farfalle Beads
- Size 11 seed beads
- Size 8 seed beads
- Your choice of beading thread
You can find all the materials here in my beading supplies department.
Techniques and Experience
The raspberry beaded necklace uses a few different beading techniques. I used circular and tubular Peyote to make the berries. The flowers are also made using Peyote. Then, I made a herringbone rope for the main necklace.
The pattern instructions assume that you have some familiarity with all these techniques. If you need some extra help, then check out the free tutorials on this website.
I suggest this project is best suited to confident beaders. The Peanut beads make life a little trickier as you stitch the raspberries. So, you should feel confident with the basic techniques using simple seed beads, before you try with the shaped peanut beads.
About the Raspberry Beaded Necklace
This is one of those designs that was ‘bead-led’. I like to try and find a ‘purpose’ for the shaped seed beads. So, I ask myself, what is this type of bead best at doing? In the case of the peanut beads, it was all about texture.
So, when I discovered a peanut bead in a colour called ‘raspberry’, guess what I had to make? (By the way, if you’re not sure what Peanut or Farfalle beads are, then read this blog.)
Once I had the idea, I developed the design to include the plant’s flower. I wanted to add one of my trademark beaded clasps too. So, the necklace had to be in green to tie everything together.
That isn’t to say that you have to make yours in the same colouring as me. What about trying a different colour for the berries? Or maybe you want to re-colour the necklace rope to create a more impressionistic design?
Do let me know what experiments you try and how they go!