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How to make a criss cross necklace - jewellery making tutorial

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How to make a criss cross necklace - jewellery making tutorial

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Need something to be inspired by? Well, here we have this wonderful criss cross necklace design, just for you. Follow this tutorial and make your very own statement necklace, ideal to jazz up your Christmas day out fit or to add to the glam on New Years eve. We encourage you to pick your own colours to make something special to you. Lets gather your beads and start creating!

Materials needed:

TOHO beads size 11/0
Miyuki Tila beads
6mm beads - SeaStar™
Matubo SuperDuo ™ 
Beading Thread
Needle
Scissors

Remember that our tutorials are mainly designed to teach you technique and bring inspiration, so your jewellery doesn't have to look exactly like the one in the tutorial. Don't be afraid to experiment with shapes and colours.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above DO NOT match the 'Products List'. 

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Before you begin, the beadwork for this design is created by weaving tila beads into interlocking crosses and to help with symmetry the design is started with the centre cross and worked outwards. In this example a simple bead strap finishes the necklace but you might prefer to add additional pearls. 

Onto an arm span of thread string 1 seed bead (1sb) and 1 tila. Repeat three times so that you have eight beads on the strand. Sew through them all again. Knot the threads together when they meet then sew through the next tila. At various points of the project the seed beads you've just added will be described as a corner bead. 

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Step 2

Pick up 2sb, sew through the outer hole of the tila bead just excited. Keep the thread on the same side of the beads. 

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Step 3

Pick up 3sb, sew through the outer hole of the same tila bead and going in the same direction. 

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Pick up 2sb, sew through the inner hole of the tila bead just excited and the next seed bead. Keep the thread on the same side of the bead. You can do this step in two stages if you prefer. 

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Sew through the next tila bead. Now you're in the right place to begin beading again. 

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Add beads around the remaining tila beads by repeating steps 2,3 & 4. Finish by sewing through the next tila bead. 

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Step 7

Sew up through the next two seed beads that are on the side of the tila just excited. Don't sew through the corner bead. Pick up 1sb and 1 tila. Ignoring the corner bead again, sew through the next two seed beads that are on the side of the next tila. 

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Sew through the unused hole of the tila just added. Pick up 2sb and sew down the other hole of the tila. 

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Again ignoring the corner bead, sew through the next two seed beads that are on the side of the next tila bead. 

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Pick up 1sb and 1 tila. Repeat twice, add an additional 1sb. Sew through the tila bead just excited and then sew through all the beads again. 

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Step 11

Continue through to the beads so that you exit as shown. You're now in the right place to begin adding beads around the new cross. 

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Step 12

Repeat the process described in step 2-5 add beads around the second and third tila beads. When you come to bead around the fourth one you'll need to use beads that are already in place on the previous cross. So, sew through the last tila as normal then sew up through the first two seed beads as shown. As before, you are ignoring the corner bead. 

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Sew through the outer hole of the current tila. The remaining beads around this tila are added in the usual way, add 3sb around the outside and 2sb at the end. 

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Sew through the beadwork so that you exit the tila bead as shown. 

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Add two further crosses in the same way, remembering that there are shared beads. Continue by going back to step 7. Weave both threads when completed. 

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Add a new piece of thread to the centre cross and exit as shown. Continue beading from step 7. You may prefer to flip the beadwork over so that you can work from left and right again. 

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Once the beadwork is complete you can either weave in the thread and add new or continue with your current strand. 

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Sew out of the corner seed bead at one end of the framework. Pick up a pearl and sew through the corner seed bead diagonally opposite. 

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Step 19

Sew through the next tila, seed bead, tila, seed bead. Sew through the pearl again and this time, sew through the seed beads diagonally opposite, in the other direction. This will align the pearl. 

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Weave through to the next corner seed bead and repeat the process to add pearls in the middle of each cross. Weave the tails in and secure as before. 

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Step 21

The toggle bar - Cut 60cm of thread, pick up one twin and 1sb, repeat three times. Slide the beads to the middle of the thread. Pick up 3sb and sew through the other hole of the twin just exited. Sew through each twin adding a seed bead between each. Finish with three more seed beads. Knot the threads together. Continue on through to the middle seed bead. 

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Step 22

Remove the needle from the thread. Thread up the other tail and go all the way around the beads and exit after the middle seed beads.
Onto each strand add two seed beads. Bring both strands  together and thread onto a single needle then string sufficient beads to make up the desired strap length. 

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Step 23

Separate the strands and add 3sb on to each thread. Then sew into your beadwork as shown. The thread should cross in the middle through the end corner bead. Pull the threads to remove any space and weave both into the beadwork and secure. 

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Step 24

Cut a new piece of thread measuring 60cm in length. String 21 seed beads, position in the centre of the thread, then sew through the 1st one strung as shown. Now thread both strands onto the same needle and add the same number of seed beads as you did on the other side. Secure this second strip as you secured the first by repeating step 23. 

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