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By. Lisa Kan
Inspired by the beautiful plumblossom trees that line the front of Lisa’s home, this opera-length necklace exudes a modern-day flapper feel.

TECHNIQUES (please see this techniques)
:: flat and tubular peyote stitch
:: circular and tubularherringbone stitch
:: ladder stitch
:: picot
:: fringe

MATERIALS
8 g light cranberry size 15° Japanese seed handmade beads (A)
6 g metallic bronze size 15° Japanese seed handmade beads (B)
8 g light amber AB size 15° cylinder handmade beads (C)
8 g cinnamon size 15° cylinder handmade beads (D)
28 jonquil satin 3mm crystal bicones (E)
23 vintage rose 3mm crystal bicones (F)
18 cranberry bronze 7mm round pearls (G)
2 natural brass 8×12mm filigree flower bead caps
2 natural brass 15-gauge 7mm jump rings
Smoke 6 lb braided beading thread
17″ of cinnamon 4mm mesh-ribboncovered cord
6″ of antique brass 20-gauge craft wire

TOOLS
Scissors
Size 12 beading needles
Chain-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Flush cutters
Ruler
FINISHED SIZE: 29″
(SHORTEST STRAND)


1) PEARL CHAIN. Use 5′ of thread, A, B, and pearls to create a peyote-stitched chain:

Rows 1 and 2: String {13A, 1E, 1G, and 1F} thirteen times, leaving a 6″ tail. String 13A; pass back through the final F, G, and E to form an end loop. String 13A; pass through the next 1F/1G/1E; repeat across the base to form double strands of A between sections of crystals and pearls. Exit from the first 1A added in this row to form another end loop (gifts fig. 1).
Row 3: Work peyote stitch using 1B in each stitch to add a total of 6B around the loop. *Weave through 1E/1G/1F/1B to continue peyotestitching 6B across the next section (gifts fig. 2). Repeat from * twelve times to peyote-stitch 6B between each 1E/1G/1F sequence and on the other end loop. Repeat on the other side of the chain. Secure the threads and trim. Set aside.

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2) BLOSSOMS. Use 3′ of thread to form a tubular peyote- and herringbone-stitched blossom-shaped slider:
Rounds 1 and 2: String 20C, leaving a 12″ tail. Tie a square knot to form a tight circle. Pass through the firstbead strung.
Round 3: Work tubular peyote stitch with 1C in each stitch for a total of 10C; step up for the next and subsequentrounds by passing through the first bead added in the round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Work tubular peyote stitch with 1B in each stitch for a total of 10B; repeat once (gifts fig. 3).

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Round 6: Work tubular peyote stitch, alternating 2C with 1B in each stitch for a total of 10C and 5B (gifts fig. 4a).
Round 7: String 2C; pass down through the next 1C added in the previous round. String 1C; pass through the next 1B. String 1C; pass through the next 1C. Repeat around to add a total of 20C (gifts fig. 4b).

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Round 8: String 2C and pass down through the next 1C added in the previous round and up through the following 1C; repeat around to herringbone-stitch a total of 20C (gifts fig. 5).

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Round 9: String 2C; pass down through the next 1C added in the previous round. String 1B and pass up through the next 1C added in the previous round. Repeat around to add 20C and 10B (gifts fig. 6).

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Round 10: *String 3B; pass down through the nearest 2C, through 1B, and up through 2C. String 1B, 1E, and 1B; pass back through the E and B, down through 2C, through 1B, and up through 2C. Repeat from * around to form alternating 3B picots and B/E/B fringes (gifts fig. 7).

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Step up through the second B added in this round, at the tip of the first picot.
Round 11: String 6B and pass through the 1B at the tip of the next fringe. String 6B and pass through the 1B at the tip of the next picot. Repeat around (gifts fig. 8a). Step up through the first B added in this round.
Round 12: String 1B, skip 1B of Round 11, and pass through the next 1B; repeat. String 1B, skip the next 1B of Round 11, and pass through the 1B at the tip of the next fringe. String 1B, skip the next 1B of Round 11, and pass through the next 1B; repeat twice. Weave through handmade beads to exit from the first B of the next 6B sequence of Round 11. Repeat four times to work peyote stitch around the flower’s edge (gifts fig. 8b). Weave through handmade beads to exit from Round 4.

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Pearl: String 1G, pass through the opposite B of Round 4 and back through the 1G to secure it inside the tube. Repeat the thread path to reinforce. Secure the working thread and trim.
Rounds 13 and 14 (tube bottom): Place a needle on the tail thread and weave through handmade beads to exit from Round 1. Work two rounds of peyote stitch using 1B in each stitch. Weave through handmade beads to exit 1B added in Round 14.
Shank: String 13B and pass through 1B on the opposite side of Round 14. Pass back through the last B just added. Work peyote stitch across the 13B using 1B in each stitch to add a total of 6B. Pass back through the first B of Round 14 exited to center the strip below the pearl (gifts fig. 9).

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Repeat the thread path to reinforce the strip. Secure the thread and trim. Repeat entire step twice to form 2 more identical blossoms. Repeat entire step to form 2 blossoms using D in place of C and F in place of E.

3) ROPES. Create 2 herringbone-stitch ropes for the front of the necklace: Ladder round: Leaving a 6″ tail, use 4′ of thread to work a strip of ladder stitch 4C long. Stitch the first and last C together to form a tube. Exit from the top of 1C.
Rounds 1 and on: Using 4C in each round, work tubular herringbone stitch to form a 15″ long rope. www.bookwormlab.com
Weave through the final round using a ladder-stitch thread path to match the opposite end. Secure the threads but do not trim; set aside.
Repeat entire step to form a second rope using D that is 19″ long. Trim the tail and working threads on this rope.

4) ROPE AND CORD ENDS. Place one end of the C-colored rope, the cord, and the D-colored rope next to one another. Slide 1 D-colored blossom and 2 C-colored blossoms onto the 3 cords, being careful not to twist the ropes out of position. Use the C-colored rope’s tail thread to weave through handmade beads to exit toward the center of the rope from the second-tolast round. Keeping the rope and cord ends even, sew through the cord and pass up through the corresponding bead of the D-colored rope. Sew through the cord and pass up through the last bead exited on the C-colored rope and the adjacent bead in the rope’s final round. String 5B; pass down through the nearest 2 handmade beads on
the D rope (gifts fig. 10).

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Repeat thread path to reinforce. Secure this thread and trim. Repeat entire step at the other end of the ropes and cord, using the Ccolored rope’s working thread and adding the remaining 2 blossoms.

5) BEAD CAPS. Use 3″ of wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to one of the 5B loops formed in Step 4, but make only one wrap for the loop so the cord ends don’t protrude from the bead cap. Use the wire to string 1 bead cap (wide end first) and use your fingers to squeeze the four sides of the bead cap onto the cord ends, securing them into place. Form a wrapped loop to secure the bead cap (gifts fig. 11). Repeat entire step at the other end of the cords.

6) FINISHING. Stitch the blossoms in place and assemble the necklace:

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Blossoms: Position the first blossom added about 1⁄4″ down from the bead cap, the second blossom 3⁄4″ from the first blossom, and the third blossom 3⁄4″ from the second blossom. Attach 1′ of thread to the first blossom’s shank and sew through the cord and several handmade beads on the blossom’s shank; secure the thread and trim. Repeat to tack the second and third blossoms to the cord. Repeat to attach the 2 blossoms at the other end to the cord.
Assembly: Use 1 jump ring to attach one loop at the end of the pearl chain to one wrapped loop formed in Step 5. Repeat at the other end of the pearl chain using the other wrapped loop.

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