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Leaf lariat

Copper-dipped leaves contribute an authentic fall motif to this vine-like lariat

Free-form fringe clusters disguise a branching herringbone rope — a stylishly practical way to taper the thickness of this lush lariat. Dripping with an abundance of copper-coated leaves, this lovely lariat is the perfect autumn accessory. 

SUPPLIES

Both projects

  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12
Lariat 46 in. (1.2 m)
  • 28–35 25–51 mm one-hole copper-coated leaves (Shipwreck Beads, shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 2–3 16-in. (41 cm) strands 5–7 mm pearls
  • 30–35 6 mm crystal rondelles
  • 70–85 3–6 mm bicone crystals
  • 10–15 g 6/0 seed beads
  • 75–90 g 8/0 seed beads
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 5–10 g color A
    • 5–10 g color B
  • 3–5 g 15/0 seed beads
Pair of earrings
  • 2 25–30 mm one-hole copper- coated leaves
  • 2 3–4 mm crystals
  • 2 8/0 seed beads
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads, color A or B
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • pair of earring findings
  • 2 pairs of pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

Leaf lariat a
Photo a

Lariat

Herringbone rope

1. On a comfortable length of thread, use 8/0 seed beads to work a row of ladder stitch eight beads long, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Join the ends of the ladder to form a ring, and exit the first bead.

2. Working in tubular herringbone stitch, stitch five rounds using 8/0s.

3. Continue stitching rounds using 6/0 seed beads, 8/0s, and 11/0 seed beads to create a bumpy texture in the rope (PHOTO A). End and add thread as needed.

Leaf lariat b
Photo b

4. When the herringbone rope is about 7 in. (18 cm) long, reduce the four-stitch rope to a three-stitch rope: Begin by adding two beads for the first stitch. Skip two columns, and sew up through the top 8/0 in the following stack (PHOTO B). Work two more stitches to complete the round. You will return to the two columns you skipped to stitch a branch after you have completed the herringbone rope.

5. Continue stitching three-stitch rounds for 3–5 in. (7.6–13 cm). Reduce the three-stitch rope to a two-stitch rope as in step 4.

6. Continue stitching two-stitch rounds for another 9 in. (23 cm).

7. Repeat steps 3–6 to complete the other half of the herringbone rope.

Leaf lariat c
Photo c

Branches

1. Add a new thread near a point where you reduced the beadwork from four stitches to three, and exit a bead in the skipped stitch. This stitch will be referred to as the base stitch.

2. Pick up four 8/0s, and sew through both beads of the base stitch to form a ring (PHOTO C), then sew through the first bead just added. This ring will be the basis for a new herringbone tube.

Leaf lariat d
Photo d
Leaf lariat e
Photo e

3. Pick up two 8/0s, and sew through the next two beads in the ring (PHOTO D). This is the first herringbone stitch in the branch. Pick up two 8/0s, and sew through the fourth bead in the ring and the first bead in the base stitch (PHOTO E).

Leaf lariat f
Photo f

Pick up two 8/0s, and sew through the next bead in the base stitch and the top two beads in the first herringbone stitch (PHOTO F).

4. Working off the beads added in step 3, continue in herringbone for the desired number of rounds. If you want, taper the branch by replacing the 8/0s with 11/0s, and then the 11/0s with 15/0 seed beads for four or five rounds.

5. Sew back to the reduction point, and secure the unattached part of the first round of the branch to the rope.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 at the remaining reduction points.

Leaf lariat g
Photo g

Embellishments

Enhance the ends of the rope and branches, the column reduction points, and any other desired spots using one or more of the following embellishments.
 
Surface embellishment

Pick up a combination of five to nine seed beads and crystals, and sew through a bead in the herringbone rope to create a ridge (PHOTO G). Repeat as desired, altering bead counts to your liking.

Leaf lariat h
Photo h

Fringe

Pick up a combination of seed beads, rondelles, pearls, or bicones, ending with one or three B 11/0s. Skip the B 11/0s, and sew back through the rest of the fringe beads and into the rope (PHOTO H). Repeat as desired, altering bead counts to your liking.

Leaf lariat fig 1
Figure 1

Leaf-shaped fringe

1. Pick up four to 15 A 11/0s and 11 B 11/0s, skip the end B 11/0, and sew back through the second-to-last B 11/0 (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up nine B 11/0s, and sew back through the last two A 11/0s picked up in this stitch (b–c).

2. Pick up two A 11/0s and 11 B 11/0s, skip the end B 11/0, and sew back through the second-to-last B 11/0. Pick up nine B 11/0s, and sew back through the two A 11/0s picked up in this stitch and the next two A 11/0s in the stem (c–d).

3. Repeat step 2 to fill the stem with leaves (d–e), substituting a 3 or 4 mm bicone crystal as the next-to-last bead, if desired, and altering bead counts to your liking. 

Leaf lariat fig 2
Figure 2

Tendril

Pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0 and a B 11/0 until you have the desired length, and end with a 15/0. Skip the end 15/0, and sew back through only the 11/0s (FIGURE 2).

Leaf lariat i
Photo i

Tighten the thread to make the tendril curl (PHOTO I). Sew into the herringbone rope, and tie a half-hitch knot

Leaf lariat j
Photo j

Pearl “berry” cluster

1. Pick up five to 10 8/0s, two or three 15/0s, a pearl, and two or three 15/0s, and sew back through the last 8/0 (PHOTO J). 

2. Pick up two or three 15/0s, a pearl, and two or three 15/0s, and sew back through the next 8/0. Repeat to add one or more loops to each 8/0 in the stem, altering bead counts to your liking.

Leaf lariat k
Photo k

Leaf dangle fringe

Pick up two to four 8/0s, five to nine A 11/0s, a leaf, a rondelle, and five to nine A 11/0s, and sew back through the 8/0s (PHOTO K). Sew into the branch, and exit another column. Repeat as desired to add more leaves, altering bead counts to your liking.

leaf earrings
Leaf lariat fig 3
Figure 3

Earrings

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up an 8/0 seed bead, five 11/0 seed beads, a leaf, and five 11/0s. Sew through the 8/0 to form a loop (FIGURE 3, a–b). 

2. Pick up eight 11/0s, and sew through the 8/0 again to form a loop above the first loop (b–c). Sew through the beads of the lower loop to exit an 11/0 on the front of the leaf (c–d). 

3. Working as in “Embellishments: Tendril” (above), pick up a repeating pattern of an 11/0 and a 15/0 seed bead 11 times, then sew back through the 11/0s. Pull tight to make the strand curl. Sew through the next 11/0 on the front of the leaf.

4. Repeat step 3 twice, substituting a 3 mm or 4 mm crystal for the last 11/0 on one of the tendrils, if desired.

5. Sew through the 8/0 and the loop of 11/0s above it, and end the threads.

6. Open a 4 mm jump ring, attach the top loop of 11/0s and the loop of an earring finding, and close the jump ring.

7. Make a second earring.

Tip!
For a budget-friendly option to copper-coated leaves, try using leaf dangles made from shells. Other options include resin leaves, Czech pressed-glass leaves, and base metal charms or stampings.
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