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!