Beading Instructions

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 Single-Strand Necklace with Turquoise Gemstone Chips and Cabochon, Quartz Gemstone Chips and Seed Beads 

Courtesy of Fashion Magazine

Design by Juliya Tsiapenko

Grandfather Frost's Fancies Necklace
: : : Materials : : :
  • Connectors, 3 strand 
  • Jumprings 
  • Lobster claw clasps 
  • Bead, Czech glass, transparent blue, 3x4mm (F)
  • Bead, quartz, tumbled (A)
  • Bead, turquoise, tumbled (B)
  • Seed bead, Czech glass, transparent blue, #9 (C)
  • Seed bead, Czech glass, blue with beige center, #10 (D)
  • Seed bead, Czech glass, iris blue, #10 (E)
  • Cabochon, turquoise, 20x30mm
  • Fabric for under backing
  • Leather

  • Optional:
  • Beads, gemstone, chip 
  • Seed and bugle beads 
  • Cabochons, turquoise 
  • Beading foundations 

  • The capital letters above are the bead key identifiers, which are referenced throughout the instructions.
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    Beading the Cabochon

    Step 1
    Picture 1

    Figure 1

    Figure 2

    Make a full-size sketch of the pendant or photocopy picture 1, enlarging it to the desired size. Transfer the sketch onto the fabric. Glue the cabochon. Sew the basic row in C, D, E beads (Fig. 1), see Pic. 1 for color changes. Bead around the cabochon in C, D, E and B (Fig. 2).

    Embroider 9 rows in D from one side of the pendant and 7 rows in E from the other side (Fig. 1). See the sketch for the length of the rows. When the row is completed go through all the beads, pulling tightly on the thread. Trim all the excess fabric close to the beads of the last row. Put the beaded cabochon onto the back side of a piece of leather and trace its outline using a marker. Remove the cabochon and cut out the pattern. Carefully fix the leather to the back side of the cabochon.

    Embroidering Around the Cabochon

    Step 2
    Figure 3

    Figure 4

    Figure 5

    Figure 6

    Start embroidering your cab, going through the beads of the basic row (Pic. 1). Alter the way of beading within each circle row (Fig. 3, Fig. 4 and Fig. 5). Work three rows in this manner. Do not forget to alter the type of beads within each circle row as well. Work like this: where there are D beads in the basic row use D and E beads for the next three rows, following (Fig. 3) as a guide;
    • E beads of the basic row - D, E and A for the next rows - (Fig. 4);
    • C beads of the basic row - C, E and F for the next rows - (Fig. 5).
    Now start embroidering along the edge of the pendant: follow Fig. 3 to work along the D bead sector and Fig. 5 along the E sector. Using B, D, E and F work a blue embellishment at the bottom (Fig. 6), placing it between the embroidered sectors.

    The Right (Blue) Rope

    Step 3
    Figure 7

    Figure 8

    Work the right rope in B, C, E and F, starting from the pendant and moving to the clasp ends (Fig. 7). Repeat rows 7 to 12 of Fig. 7 for 3 times and then continue the work following Fig. 8. Repeat rows 1 to 6 of Fig. 8 for seven times. While working the very last row, do not attach F beads. Instead, connect the vertical bead rows with each other, pulling tightly on the thread.

    The Left Rope

    Step 4
    Figure 9

    Figure 10

    Figure 11
    Work the left rope 19 to 20cm long in D, E, (Fig. 9), and attach it to the top part of the pendant. Embroider the inner side of the rope in D, (Fig. 10). Work 2 rows for the outer side of the rope in D, E, (Fig. 11).

    Attach 3-strand connector to the ends of the ropes. Now attach jumprings and a lobster clasp to your necklace.

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