Single-Strand Necklace with Fiber Art Cord and Seed Beads
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Arbel, Advertising Designer, Marketing Administration GroupTo learn more about Arbel Shemesh, read her jewelry artist success story here
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This necklace design was inspired by the women of the Bedouin tribe located in the southern region of the Sinai Desert.
In 1978, I traveled to Israel with my friend, Ann Gardner. At the time, Ann was enrolled in a college anthropology program and was scheduled to go live on a kibbutz. All that changed when we traveled to the Sinai Desert to take a diving course. There we met the Bedouins and, by the time the diving course was over, Ann made the decision to stay and live with the tribe as part of her anthropology program. Ann lived with the tribe for over six years, becoming part of the tribe and traveling with them deep into the desert. I visited her and learned beadwork from the Bedouin women. It didn't take long before I was completely hooked!
Originally, the women used this design for the trim of their veils. The beads helped weigh the veil against the desert winds. Some women sold their beadwork, but most of what they made was for personal use and practical purposes. Now they rely on the beadwork as part of their livelihood.
Tips for stringing with the Speedy Stringer: skim the tip of the needle on top of the beads. This way, the needle will not get stuck in the bowl and slow it down. Brace the needle on the edge of the bowl for stability.
NOTE: You may choose to use different size beads, but will need to adjust the formula. This formula is for size 6 dynamite beads and a 16-inch necklace:
The top row is made from groups of six beads each. When you put the groups side by side, 3-1/2 groups make one inch. To figure out how many beads you need per inch, calculate 6 beads x 3-1/2 groups which equal 21 beads in an inch of the crocheted necklace. If you are making a 16-inch necklace you need 16 groups of 21 beads totaling 336 beads. Nine beads strung singly on the thread make one inch, 336 beads divided by 9 beads equals 38 inches.
Formula for fringe:
1 inch will have 3-1/2 fringes: 16 inches x 3-1/2 = 56 fringes. Every fringe requires 2-1/2 inches of beads: 56 fringes x 2-1/2 inches = 140 inches of beads.
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