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Butterfly garden necklace

Stitch a pair of lifelike butterflies to alight on a chain of leaves
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This necklace combines your favorite beading stitches: peyote, herringbone, bead weaving, and brick stitch. The butterfly and leaf components are versatile, so make the necklace as directed, or let your imagination take wing with a brambly bracelet or butterfly brooch.


Purple butterfly necklace with connector bar 20 in. (51 cm) without connector bar 22 in. (56 cm)

  • 4 6 mm bugle beads (Preciosa, iris peacock)
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, purple velvet)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 3 g color A (DB609, silver-lined dark
    • 2 g color B (DB250, Ceylon color-lined hyacinth)
    • 2 g color C (DB1476, transparent pale amethyst luster)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 4 g color D (Toho 7B, transparent emerald)
    • 6 g color E (Czech, black-lined emerald)
  • 15/0 seed beads 
    • 2 g color F (Miyuki 16, transparent silver-lined peridot)
    • 24 color G (Miyuki 551, Ceylon silver)
  • magnetic clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12 or #13

    orange butterfly necklace colors:
  • 6 mm bugle beads (bronze opaque metallic)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal Dorado 2X)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • color A (DB0310, matte black)
    • color B (DB1780, white-lined flame red AB)
    • color C for wings (DB0651, dyed opaque squash)
    • color C for butterfly bodies (DB0022, metallic dark bronze)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color D (Miyuki 411, opaque green)
    • color E (Miyuki 158, transparent olive)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • color F (Miyuki 411, opaque green)
    • color G (Miyuki 457L, metallic light bronze)



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Figure 1

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Pick up 12 color E 11/0 seed beads.
2. Using Es, work a row of peyote stitch above the Es added in step 1 (figure 1, a–b). Be careful not to sew through the stop bead.

3. Using color D 11/0 seed beads, work four peyote stitches below the Es added in step 1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the last E in this row (b–c), and position the stem vertically on your work surface.
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Figure 2
Pick up two Ds and 16 Es, and sew through the first seven beads just picked up in the same direction (figure 2, a–b). This forms loop 1 of the leaf.

2. Pick up two Ds and 14 Es, and sew through the first five Es in loop 1. This forms loop 2 of the leaf. Continue through the first four beads added in loop 2 (b–c).

3. Pick up two Ds and eight Es, and sew through the next two available Es in loop 1, with your needle pointing toward loop 2. This forms loop 3 of the leaf. Continue through the next eight beads in loop 1 (c–d).
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Figure 3

1. Pick up two Ds, skip a bead in loop 1, and sew through the following bead (figure 3, a–b). Repeat this stitch around the perimeter of the leaf, noting that you will sew through extra beads at the junctions of loops 1 and 3 (c–d), loops 3 and 2 (e–f), and loops 2 and 1 (g–h). 

2. Pick up an E, and sew through the available end E in the stem (h–i). Sew through the beadwork to exit the first D added in the stem (i–j). 

3. Pick up two color F 15/0 seed beads, and sew through the next D (j–k). Repeat this stitch twice more (k–l), and sew through the beadwork to exit the last D added around loop 2 (figure 4, point a).

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Figure 4

Picots and tip of the leaf
. Pick up three Fs, and sew through the next D in the edging (a–b) to form a picot. Sew through the beadwork to exit the following D in the edging (b–c). 

2. Repeat step 1 six times, but in the last repeat, sew through the beadwork to exit the center F in the last picot (c–d).

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Figure 5

3. To work the tip of the leaf: Pick up two Fs, and sew through the center F in the picot again. Continue through the two new Fs (figure 5, a–b). Pick up an F, and sew through the side F in the picot (b–c). Add an F to the other side of the picot in the same manner (c–d).

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit the next D in the edging. Work as before to add picots to the Ds on this half of the leaf. End the working thread but not the tail.

5. Make a total of 10 leaves. Make one more leaf, but in step 3 of “Picots and tip of the leaf,” pick up three Fs for the tip instead of two. Set this leaf aside until you assemble the “Centerpiece.”

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Photo a


1. Place four leaves tip to stem and stem to tip so that the edgings on the stems alternate. Remove the stop beads, and use the tails to attach the leaves as shown in figure 6. Retrace the thread paths, and end the tails. Do not end the remaining tail on the end stem (photo a). 

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Figure 6

2. Work as in step 1 to make two three-leaf vines in the same manner. 

Butterfly components

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, work in ladder stitch to make a ladder of four color C 11/0 cylinder beads, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Form the ladder into a ring. This is round 1 of the body.

2. Work eight rounds of tubular herringbone stitch using Cs, two rounds using color G 15/0 seed beads, and one more round using Cs or Gs. (Using Gs creates more of a tapered effect.) Work a ladder stitch thread path through the last round to snug up the beads.


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