Bib-Style Necklace with Shell Components, Czech Pearl-Coated Glass Druk Beads and Rhodonite Gemstone BeadsD16Q
June is Waiting for You Necklace
Glue a shell onto fabric for under backing. Let the glue dry. Sew the basic row in even number of L (Fig. 1). Tip: To make the work more comfortable, attach two seed beads during each stitch. When the row is finished, pass through all the beads, pulling tightly on the thread.
The big shell in the centre
Bead the shell in circular peyote stitch in L (Fig. 2). The number of the rows depends on the thickness of your shell. There are three rows on the thicker side of the shell and two rows on the thinner side in the original design. Go through the last row for several times (that is the halves of the second and third rows), pulling the thread taut. Leave about 3/16 inch (5mm) space around the beaded shell and trim away all the excess fabric.
Cut three lengths of soutache braid: cream, light-peach and dark-peach, about 1-foot 3 inches (40-42cm) each. Melt the ends with a cigarette lighter. Connect them together. Tip: While doing soutache embroidery, be careful to run through the soutache braid just in the groove. Arrange the soutache braids around the shell and attach them to the fabric. Connect the opposite soutache ends together. Attach G bead at the top of the shell, just in the middle. Now work a symmetrical pattern, incorporating E, B and K (Pic. 1). When finished, fix the soutache ends to the back of the fabric.
Beading along the bottom of the shell. Connect together two lengths of dark-peach and two more lengths of pink-beige soutache. Attach them to the bottom part of the shell, embroidering in M and K (Pic. 2).
Beading the top (circle-shaped) element. Cut four lengths of soutache braid, about 3-15/16 inches (10cm) each, and arrange them as follows: dark-peach, light-peach, cream, light-peach. Fix one C in the middle and connect the opposite soutache ends together (Pic. 3). Sew a 4-1/2 inch (11cm) length of wine-red soutache around the element, decorating it with M and K. Attach the finished element to the top of the big shell. Glue thin paperboard and leather to the back side.
Connect together four lengths of soutache, 9-7/8 inches (25cm) each, following the sequence: golden-red, maroon, light-peach, maroon. Arrange them round the cut shell, starting the work from the middle of the shell. Connect the opposite soutache ends together. Sew one A bead from each side (Pic. 4).
Cut 11-1/8 inches (28cm) of dark-beige and golden-red soutache, and connect them together. Fix them to the fabric, sewing A bead inside (Pic. 5). Work the pattern in J, K (Pic. 5), embroidering both sides of the cut shell.
Right and Left-Hand Pendants
Connect together three lengths of soutache, 9-7/8 inches (25cm) each, following the sequence: dark-peach, dark-beige and pink-beige. Arrange them round the cut shell, starting the work from the middle of the shell. Connect the opposite soutache ends together. Sew one B bead in between (Pic. 6).
Connect three length of soutache, 7-7/8 inches (20cm) each, following the sequence: pink-beige, light beige, golden-red. Fix them to the fabric. Work the pattern in J, K, and B (Pic. 7).