I designed my Rings of Unity necklace back in 2012 to celebrate the Olympic games being held in my home-town of London. As you can see, I used the Olympic rings for inspiration for the design. However, I was also thinking about teaching as I made this. So, the Rings of Unity necklace is a fabulous pattern if you are learning Peyote stitch.
About the Rings of Unity Necklace Pattern
This pattern makes a 17″ necklace using Peyote stitch and fastened with a Peyote stitch toggle clasp. You will get six pages of written instructions, accompanied by photos and diagrams.
You are going to learn about a couple of different methods for making beaded circles. They both use Peyote stitch, but the techniques are a little different for each. Taking your beading further, it is handy to feel confident with both methods!
This project requires 25g of size 15 seed beads and 25g of size 11 seed beads, plus thread. Although I created the design to celebrate the Olympics, you can change up the colours. This makes a great necklace for any occasion. You can also make it as a bracelet if you prefer.
What experience do I need?
The instructions in this pattern assume a good working knowledge of even count Peyote stitch, tubular Peyote stitch and circular Peyote stitch. However, the methods I have used are very straightforward. If you need any help with the techniques for your Rings of Unity necklace, you can download free technique sheets here.
If you like the beaded clasp idea that I used on the Rings of Unity necklace, you might like my book ‘Beaded Clasps‘. It is full of different ideas for clasps and jewellery using beaded clasps. So this is a design that goes beyond the Olympic games that inspired it!
I also had a customer contact me to ask about techniques for making circles. She had a half-designed necklace and was looking for some particular elements to finish it. As with many of us, the design idea seemed clear in her head. However, she was looking for a pattern that she could adapt in order to accomplish her idea.
So, when she explained what she was wanting to do, I immediately thought of this project. I forwarded the link to her and, happily, she thought it might work. So, I was thrilled to receive an email a little while later with a photo showing her finished necklace. I’ve included it in the product gallery so you can admire her design as well!