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Designed by: Sarah Millsop
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TOHO™ Size 11 Seed Beads - 2 colours or finish
- Small bead - 2mm or 3mm. Any shape will work
- 10mm Round Bead
- 6mm Round Bead
- Beading Thread
- Bead Tray
- Earwires - optional
Designed by Sarah Millsop - December 2016 / Re-written & step by step pictures added - October 2021
Thread your needle with 180cm of thread. Thread a 10cm round to 25cm from the end, leaving a long tail. Knot the threads together tightly around the bead. Slide the knot around to the hole the pass the needle through. Pull gently until the knot disappears slightly inside the bead.
Go around the bead a second tome to for a second bridge of thread hugging the bead - it should be opposite the other one so you have an equator of thread around the bead.
Pass under the first bridge. Go under it again, then, before pulling all the way through, go through the loop and pull so that the knot forms at the entrance to the hole. Knot the threads together in this manner again and push the needle through the bead.
Pick up two 11/0 seed beads. Pass the needle under the bridge next to the hole that the thread is exiting. Pull the thread through until the two seed beads sit side by side on top of the thread bridge. You'll need to nudge them into position as they'll want to sit on top of each other.
Go up through the second seed bead and pull tight. Don't worry if the first bead is leaning as this will be corrected when you've beaded all the way around.
Add one 11/0 seed bead. Pass the needle under the bridge next to the second seed bead preciously added and then go up through the bead just strung. Continue adding seed beads in this manner all the way around. You should end up with 18 seed beads on the bridge.
To complete the ring of beads, go down through the very first seed bead added. This will make the first bead stand up correctly.
Pass under the bridge then back up through the last bead strung - you'll need to turn your work over to do this. Turn your work back to the front. Now, if you look at the beadwork sideway on you can see that you've formed a new bridge of linking threads through which you can attach the next round.
Pick up two 11/0 beads in your second colour. Pass the needle under the new thread bridge nearest to where your thread is exiting. Pull the thread through until the two seed beads sit together on top of the thread.
Go up through the second bead just added, exactly as you did in step 4. Continue in the same way but you'll need to increase your bead count by around 4 or 5 beads. To add the extra beads you'll ne3ed to go through several bridges twice. Do this by adding the beads one at a time just like normal. You'll need to make the decision yourself as to where to double up but it's important that you space them evenly. I finished with 23 beads in the bridge.
Complete the round by passing down through the fist bead added in round 2. Then pass under the bridge and back up and through the last bead strung as described in step 7.
Using the first colour of 11/0 beads, add the third round in the same way as you formed the 2nd. You'll need to increase the bead count and it is essential that it is a multiple of 3. I finished with 27 beads on the bridge.
Complete the round in the same manner as the previous two.
Round 4 - Points
To form the points, string five 11/0 in the second colour. Skipping the bead after the one that the thread is exiting from, push the needle into the next one - you don't need to go under the bridge anymore. This will form a loop.
Go back up through the next bead along on the previous round. Continue adding bead loops by repeating steps 12 & 13 all the way around.
Go up through the next bead along on the previous round and continue up through the the first two beads of the first point.
Skip the third bead on the point and go down through the fourth and fifth. When you pull the thread the third bead (the one you skipped) should pop up, forming a sharper point.
Pick up a contrasting 2mm Bicone (BC) or seed bead. Go up through the first 2 beads of the next point along.
Skip the third bead and pass down through the fourth and fifth so that the third pops up. Repeat steps 16 & 17 to complete the round.
No you've finished your first beaded motif you can either, pause here and form it into a pendant, or you can tie off and make 2 more motifs ready for the necklace. Then skip onto step 20.
To make the pendant, pass the thread up through the third bead on one of the points and pick up seven 11/0 beads in the 2nd colour. Go back through the same third bead to form a loop. Pull tight and go back around the loop just formed a few more times to strengthen.
Weave bot ends into the work, knotting a few times to secure. You can string your completed pendant onto a chain or ribbon, either by passing directly though the beaded ring or by adding a jump ring.
To link two motifs together, pass the thread up and through the third bead of a point. Pick up 3 x 11/0, a 6mm bead and a further 3 x 11/0. Pass through a point on a second motif.
Pick up n 11/0 and skipping the previous bead strung, pass through the next 5 beads.
Pick up another 11/0 and pass and pass through the point of the first motif from the opposite direction in which your thread is exiting.
Go back through all the beads added in this step a few times to strengthen. Weave the free ends into the beadwork, knotting a few times and trim the excess.
Repeat for the third motif.
Add new thread to your needle - it needs to be double the desired length of one side of the necklace plus 20cm.
Following the bead path, secure your thread in the first motif, ensuring you exit from the point of the first motif that is three points away from the connection just made.
Pick up 5 x 11/0, 1 x 6mm round and 1 x bicone. Continue adding beads in this order until the desire length is reached (approx. 12 sets).
Pick up 5 x 11/0 beads, 1 x 10mm round and 3 x 11/0 beads. Skipping all 3 11/0 beads, pass back though the 10mm round and all of the beads added in this step.
When you reach the end, pick up 1 x 11/0 and pass through the bead your thread is exiting from, but from the opposite direction.
Repeat step 21 to form the other side of the necklace but his time, instead of adding a 10mm round and 3 x 11/0 at the end, form a ring of beads that is just big enough for the 10mm bead to pass though: Pick up 25 x 11/0 beads. Skipping 24 of them, pass back though the 1st. Pass through the rest of the beads added in this step and pick up 1 final 11/0 bead and pass back through the point bead your thread is exiting from, but in the opposite direction.
Pass back through all the beads in this step as many times as your beads and thread will allow for extra strength and durability. Weave the free ends into the work, knotting a few times, and trim excess.
Taking it further
A simple way to adapt your motif design is to add additional points. Do this in stages by coming out of one of the points between the 4th and 5th bead. String some 11/0 beads - you'll need to try what works best (keep the number of beads odd). Go into the next point between the 1st and 2nd bead.
Work around the existing point and exit after the 4th & 5th bead then add the next lot of seed beads.
You can easily adapt the motifs into pretty earrings. Simple make 2 motifs as if you are making the pendant and add ear wires to the loop. A nice drop bead or tassel at the bottom would add extra length.
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