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How to make tassels using beads - Odd count peyote and twisted herringbone

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How to make tassels using beads - Odd count peyote and twisted herringbone

Designed by: Magda Niemczyk

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Magda Niemczyk invites you to a jewellery making tutorial in which she will show you how to make tassels from beads. However, this is not all! You'll also see how to make a twisted herringbone bead. Magda has prepared for you a large dose of bead knowledge, which will be useful not only in this, but also in many other projects :). 


Materials needed to make the necklace:

TOHO beads - in three sizes: TOHO 11/0 in 5 colours - I chose the colours associated with early spring! TOHO 8/0 transparent frosted citrus spitz, TOHO 6/0 inside color jonquil mint julep lined.
Beading thread - One-G in a shade that matches the beads
Jewellery needle - John James 10/13
Sharp scissors and a paperweight or other small but quite heavy object.

You will also need a traditional paper clip, size XL; possibly a cocoon clip, crochet hook, nail file or your own fingernail.

TOHO 11 Colours I used for the tutorial:
Colour 1 - opaque rainbow sour apple
Colour 2 --inside colour luster peridot opaque white lined
Colour 3 - transparent frosted citrus spritz
Colour 4 - silver lined frosted lemon
Colour 5 - citrus spritz

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

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We start with the base on which we will attach the fringes. Thread the thread (about 1.5 m) onto the needle (and possibly secure the tip with a bead with a stopper). I leave about 15 cm of thread. I draw 25 pieces of TOHO beads, size 11, in needle 1.

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I move the beads to the end of the thread and start sewing with odd (uneven) peyote stitch.
NOTE: This stitch was already in other tutorials on the Beads Direct Projects page and you probably know it already, so today a short version - as a replay!

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Having acquired the last bead of this row of work, I go with the needle "back" into the bead 1-2 and 3 from the previous row ...

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... and then on the next to last bead picked up in the currently sewn row, again in bead No. 2 of the previous row and in the last bead of the currently sewn row.

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My thread comes out of the last bead sewn in.

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I now need to make a "loop" to safely enter the correct sewing direction:

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The thread comes out towards the inside of the work from the last bead sewn in the second row.

I take the TOHO 11 bead in colour 2 and sew another row of my necklace base made with odd peyote.

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My base is partly ready. A rectangle has been created. I marked the first row with a red dot in the picture. The colours added by me in the following rows are: 1, 1, 2, 1, 2,2,2,2,1,1,3, 1,1,2,2,2,4,2,2. Of course, you can use a different order and even design your own pattern based on a necklace.

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Now I will sew the edges of my rectangle, thanks to which a sleeve will be created, through which the chain will later pass.

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I sew the beads diagonally, as in the photo below, gently pulling the thread:

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My sleeve is ready.

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Now I sew a few more rows of my base. On the last row of base beads hang my twisted tassels. A needle goes through the T1 bead.

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I sew 5 rows with colors - 2, 4, 2, 1, 2 in order

(Note: of course, if you want, you can sew more or stop at the first one. Choosing the pattern and colours is also your individual decision).

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Now I will finish the edges of the sleeve. I put the needle on this part of the thread that I left behind the stopper and work the edge of the sleeve with TOHO 11 colour pickets.

Then I do the same with the other edge of the sleeve. I go back to the place where I started sewing the last 5 rows and sew the picot. This is where my thread usually ends, so I traditionally put it in work, and cut the rest.

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Ready :)!
I insert the thread for making the fringes into the prepared base - the ends of the threads are cut off.
For this work, it is most convenient to take a section of thread about 2 m long after folding (i.e. about 4 m in total), but you can start with a shorter section. However, remember that then you will have to finish it at the right moment - entwine it in the base, and add a new fragment to the next fringe again.
NOTE : I thread the needle with a double thread! Only then will I be able to make tassels.

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Now I thread 40 TOHO 11 beads in colour 1, 1 bead in colour 2 and 4, one bead TOHO 8 and one - TOHO 6, then TOHO 8, TOHO 6, bead 4 and 2, and 40 beads of colour 5. I push them all to the end so that they touch the base.

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My base must lie on the table still, so I press it with something heavy, gently, so as not to shatter the glass beads.


NOTE : My thread is very long so I get up from the chair, and leave the table with a needle and thread in my hand at a distance that will allow me to tension the thread. I check if the tension will not slide the base out of the button. If everything is OK, I grab the needle between my thumb and forefinger.

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Then I roll it at least 9 times "by rolling" on the inner surface of both fingers (as if I wanted to make a pipe out of a piece of paper).

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In this way, my tensioned double thread forms a spiral.


While rolling, I do not release the needle with the thread from my fingers. The thread is always tight. The button works. To be sure, especially with a longer thread, I move my thumb and index finger with my other hand's spiral onto the thread, towards the previously strung beads.

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Now I need to move the spiral inside the row of beads picked up on the thread.

Note : The thread is always tight. I do not release its tension, because then it will tangle and the spiral will not be pushed into place.

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My double thread from the eye of the needle to the end of the row of strung beads is separated, and the spiral is "pushed" into the bead row. ATTENTION : now we firmly hold the threads next to the beads, and we return to work. I am right-handed, so I hold the thread with my left hand and take the needle to the right.

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I remove the button and go with the needle into the bead from which I began to sew 1 fringe. I still hold the end of the thread at the row of beads until I pull all the free thread through the abovementioned bead.

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Only now can I release the handle.

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Ta-daaa! There is the first tassel, you will be pleased to notice that it twisted automatically when the thread end handle was loosened and the thread was drawn through the exit bead.

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Now, again, I go with the needle into the bead 1 from the edge, in color 1, I pull the thread.

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Next, I will pass the thread through a bead in colour 2 from the previous row (i.e. my 4th one after the end of the sleeve) and through the 2nd bead in colour 1 and I will go out with a needle from a bead in colour 2.

I will fix all the tassels on the same line.

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Now I will repeat the procedure for creating a fringe.


Note: for a more interesting shape, I decided to vary the number of beads forming a tassel, and therefore, from the first: the quantities and colours of beads in my work are as follows:
1 . Colour 1 - 40 pieces of 11, 2 pieces of 11, 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 8, 2 x 11, 40 x 11 colour 5
2 . Colour 1 - 40 pieces of 11, 2 pieces of 11, 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 8, 2 x 11, 40 x 11 colour 2
3 . Colour 2 - 40 pieces of 11, 2 pieces of 11, 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 8, 2 x 11, 40 x 11 colour 4
4 . Colour 2 - 45 pieces of 11, 2 pieces of 11, 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 8, 2 x 11, 45 x 11 colour 4
5. Colour 2 - 50 pieces of 11, 2 pieces of 11, 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 8, 2 x 11, 50 x 11 colour 2
6 . Colour 2 - 55 pieces of 11, 2 pieces of 11, 1 x 8, 1 x 6, 1 x 8, 2 x 11, 55 x 11 colour 2
And then the same set from 6 to 1.
Beads No. 6 can be replaced with crystals, tears and other - as desired.

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To make the next and further tassels, I always go with the needle and thread through the colour 1 bead and enter the next colour 2 bead on which I create the tassel.


The last fringe is ready!

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Now I sew the rest of the thread into the base of the necklace, and cut the ends with sharp scissors.

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Fringes match the whole base of the necklace.


Part B -  twisted herringbone chain.
But the pendant requires a chain.
For this purpose, I will make an easy string with twisted herringbone stitch, 2 beads wide.

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I choose two colours TOHO 11 to make the string. To better show the process of string formation, I chose colour 3 and 5. I

thread the thread and take 4 beads in colour 3 on the needle.

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Now, again, I pass a needle and thread through all 4 beads.

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Again, I pass the thread through another 2 matte beads.

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I am now getting two beads: colour 5 and colour 3 on the needle and go with the needle into the two matte beads on the left of the post formed by the first 4 beads.

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I pull the thread and stick the needle into the matte bead under the transparent bead, i.e. the one I just added and pull the thread.

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I repeat picking up two beads in the same order for such a number of times that I will be able to make a cord that lets me put my necklace over my head (without fastening).

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 I already have a sufficiently long bead "chain" - it's time to thread it through the tube in the base of the pendant.

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And now I will connect both ends of the string:

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This is how the finished necklace looks :). Share yours on our Facebook Group.

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