Crystal Spiral Rope Necklace Pattern

£5.00

For this project, you will need Superduos, firepolish or crystal beads in two sizes and seed beads. You will be using Triangular Right Angle Weave and Spiral Stitch. Suitable for experienced beaders. Please read the full product description below.

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This crystal spiral rope necklace pattern uses Triangular Right Angle weave (TRAW). It mixes Superduo beads, faceted crystals and teardrop beads to create beaded beads. I suspended these on a rope made using spiral stitch. Working with larger beads means the rope is quick to make and has a striking texture.

The necklace is rope length and fastens with a loop that hooks around the beaded beads. So, the length is adjustable and can create a variety of styles. This pattern is suitable for more advanced beaders.

Materials for the Crystal Spiral Rope Necklace

I created this design when I was new to working with Superduos. I was fascinated by their ability to create layers. So, I explore this in the beaded beads. I used size 11 delicas to conceal thread paths and teardrop beads to add texture to the beaded beads.

Now, I rather like projects that work up quickly, but still make a statement. Typically, long rope style necklaces can take a while to complete. I also love Spiral Stitch. I learned this technique early on in my beading career and like to keep coming back to it. So, in this design, I wondered what would happen if I made the Spiral stitch using 4mm and 6mm firepolish beads. In the interests of keeping the jewellery lightweight and saving money on materials, I ended up substituting the 6mm firepolish for 6mm faceted plastic beads.

I also used some ordinary size 11 seed beads in the beaded rope. Again, they saved a bit of money compared to the Delicas!

What Techniques do I need?

The crystal spiral rope necklace basically uses two techniques. The beaded beads are made using a version of Right Angle Weave that is based on triangles. It is also three-dimensional, so some people can find it a little tricky to start with. If you are curious and would like a gentler introduction to the stitch, then this pattern takes everything back to basics.

The rope is made using spiral stitch. If you have never tried this before, it is a basic beading technique. Using the larger beads means you need to keep a really good tension, but the pattern explains everything very clearly.

So, if you enjoy geometry and if you are able to work in three-dimensions, you will love this pattern. If you are less sure of those things, then try building up to this!