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Coveted collar

You won’t be able to resist this necklace of seed beads, drops, and crystals sewn among SuperDuos.

SUPPLIES

Blue necklace 21 1⁄2 in. (54.6 cm)

  • 28 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (Czech, opaque blue Picasso)
  • 45 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, aqua green sphinx)
  • 6.5 g 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki, silver-lined transparent Capri blue)
  • 12 g 8/0 seed beads (Toho 2102, permanent finish silver-lined milkyMontana blue)
  • 28 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 88, metallic cosmos)
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chain extender (optional)
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
  • 2 pairs of pliers

Topaz necklace colors:

  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (Czech, matte Apollo umber)
  • 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Indian red)
  • 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki, red-lined light topaz)
  • 8/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457L, metallic light bronze)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki F464D, penny copper matte metallic; www.beyondbeadery.com)

INSTRUCTIONS

Coveted collar 1
Figure 1
Coveted collar 2
Figure 2

Band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Pick a 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo bead, an 11/0 seed bead, a SuperDuo, an 11/0, and a SuperDuo, and sew through the available hole of the first SuperDuo (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. To make a turn: Pick up an 11/0 and an 8/0 seed bead, and sew back through the available hole of the last SuperDuo added in the previous step (b–c).

3. Pick up an 11/0 and a SuperDuo, and sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo (c–d). 

4. Work a turn with an 11/0 and an 8/0. Pick up an 11/0 and a SuperDuo, and sew through the next SuperDuo (d–e). Repeat this step until you have two parallel rows of 16 SuperDuos each.

5. Pick up an 11/0, a SuperDuo, and an 11/0, and sew through the available hole of the last SuperDuo picked up in the previous step (FIGURE 2). This SuperDuo will point downward from this edge of the band, and this will become the lower edge of the necklace.

6. Pick up an 11/0 and a SuperDuo, and sew through the next SuperDuo. Turn with an 11/0 and an 8/0. Pick up an 11/0 and a SuperDuo, and sew through the next SuperDuo. Repeat the last two stitches two more times. Your thread will be exiting a SuperDuo along the lower edge.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6, ending with step 5, until you have 38 downward-pointing SuperDuos along the lower edge. End and add thread as needed.

8. Work a stitch with an 11/0 and a SuperDuo.

9. Work as in step 4 until you have 16 SuperDuos in each row after the last downward-pointing SuperDuo along the lower edge. End the working thread but not the tail.

Coveted collar 3
figure 3

Lower edge

Row 1

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to the band, and exit an edge 8/0 just before the first downward-pointing SuperDuo along the lower edge, with the needle pointing toward the center of the band. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the available hole of the downward-pointing SuperDuo (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next edge 8/0 (b–c). Repeat these two stitches for the rest of the downward-pointing SuperDuos, exiting the first 8/0 after the last SuperDuo.

2. Continue through the next edge 11/0, turn, and sew back through the previous 8/0, two 11/0s, SuperDuo, and 11/0 (FIGURE 4, a–b). 

Coveted collar 4
figure 4

3. Pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, skip the next 11/0, 8/0, and 11/0, and sew through the following 11/0 (b–c).

4. Pick up two 11/0s, an 8/0, a 3.4 mm drop bead, an 8/0, and two 11/0s. Sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of step 3, the 4 mm, and the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (c–d). Continue through the next SuperDuo and 11/0 along the lower edge of the band (d–e). 

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 twice.

6. Pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, skip the next 11/0, 8/0, and 11/0, and sew through the following 11/0.

7. Pick up an 11/0, a SuperDuo, a drop bead, a SuperDuo, and an 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of step 6, the 4 mm, and the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step (e–f). This forms a SuperDuo picot. Continue through the next SuperDuo and 11/0 along the lower edge of the band.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have a total of 31 SuperDuo picots, ending and adding thread as needed.

9. Work as in steps 3 and 4 to add  three drop-bead picots.

Row 2

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the last 11/0 added in the closest SuperDuo picot in the previous row (point g). Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the available hole of the SuperDuo.

2. Pick up an 11/0, an 8/0, a drop bead, an 8/0, and an 11/0. Sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo to form a drop-bead picot (g–h). 

3. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo (h–i). 

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 two more times.

5. Pick up an 11/0, a SuperDuo, a drop bead, a SuperDuo, and an 11/0, and sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo to form a SuperDuo picot. 

6. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for a total of 25 SuperDuo picots.

8. Repeat steps 2 and 3 twice, and then repeat step 2.

9. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the 11/0 adjacent to the first hole of the SuperDuo your thread is exiting.

Row 3

1. Work as in steps 1–4 of Row 2, but in step 3 pick up an 8/0 instead of an 11/0 between the SuperDuo picots.  

2. Work as in steps 5 and 6 of Row 2 for a total of 19 SuperDuo picots, but in step 6 pick up an 8/0 instead of an 11/0 between the SuperDuo picots. 

3. Work as in steps 2–4 of Row 2, but in step 3 pick up an 8/0 instead of an 11/0 between the SuperDuo picots, and in the last repeat do not add the last 8/0. 

4. Work as in step 9 of Row 2. 

Row 4

Work as in Row 3, but add a total of only 13 SuperDuo picots.

Row 5

1. Work as in step 1 of Row 2 to be in position for the final row. 

2. Work as in steps 2 and 3 of Row 2 to add a drop-bead picot below each SuperDuo picot in Row 4, but pick up an 8/0 instead of an 11/0 after the first two drop-bead picots, a 4 mm instead of an 11/0 after the next eight drop-bead picots, and an 8/0 instead of an 11/0 after the final two drop-bead picots.  

3. Work as in step 9 of Row 2. End the  working thread.  

Clasp

1. Add 8 in. (20 cm) of thread to the end of the band opposite the tail, and exit an end SuperDuo with the needle pointing away from the band. 

2. Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the other end SuperDuo with the needle pointing toward the band. Sew through the beadwork to exit the SuperDuo your thread exited at the start of this step, and retrace the thread path through the five-bead loop several times. End the thread.

3. Open a 4 mm jump ring, and attach the five-bead loop to half of the clasp.

4. Remove the stop bead, and repeat steps 2 and 3 with the tail on the other end of the band.

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