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Pointed daisy-chain necklace

Daisy chain unites daggers, fringe drops, and rose monteés for a necklace that’s both feminine and edgy

Take advantage of two-hole components for a richly layered necklace. Double-drilled daggers and cross-hole rose monteés allow you to add embellishments, change direction, and create a necklace that adds another dimension to classic daisy chain.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 12 15 mm two-hole daggers 
  • 12 3–4 mm rose monteés 
  • 12 4 mm fire-polished beads
  • 37 3 mm fire-polished beads
  • 48 fringe drops
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 10 g color A
    • 3 g color B
  • 3 g 15/0 seed beads
  • shank button
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 2-yd. (1.8 m) tail. Pick up six color A 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the first A again to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up an A, skip two As in the ring, and sew through the next A in the opposite direction (b–c). 

2. Pick up four As, and sew through the next A in the previous ring to form a six-bead ring (c–d). Pick up an A, skip two As in the ring, and sew through the next A in the opposite direction (d–e).

3. Pick up eight As, and sew through the next A in the previous stitch (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a 3 mm fire-polished bead, skip four As in the ring, and sew through the fifth A in the opposite direction (b–c). 

4. Pick up an A, two fringe drops, and an A, and sew through the next A in the previous stitch (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up an A, skip two As, and sew through the first drop in the opposite direction (b–c). Pick up a 4 mm fire-polished bead, two drops, and the top hole of a two-hole dagger, and sew through the next drop in the previous stitch (c–d). As you pull the stitches tight, make sure the drops are positioned on the front of the necklace.

5. Pick up a rose monteé, slide it up to the beadwork, and sew through the top hole of the dagger to make a diagonal (FIGURE 4, a–b). Sew through the other hole in the rose monteé, and through the top drop on the other side of the ring (b–c). 

6. Pick up four As, and sew through the next drop in the previous stitch. Pick up an A, skip a drop and an A, and sew through the next A in the opposite direction (c–d). Make sure the drops are positioned on the front of the necklace.

7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 until you’ve added a total of 12 daggers, ending and adding thread as needed. Repeat step 3 to add another stitch with a 3 mm. Resume stitching in regular daisy chain, as in step 2, until the regular daisy chain segment is about 4 in. (10 cm) long.

8. Remove the stop bead from the tail, and stitch in regular daisy chain until the segment is about 4 in. (10 cm) long.

9. At one end of the necklace, pick up six As, the button shank, and six As. Sew through both As on the end of the last stitch, and retrace the thread path through the beads (FIGURE 5, a–b). Sew through the top A on the last daisy chain stitch (b–c). Pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the next top A (c–d). Repeat until you reach the first daisy stitch with a 3 mm.

10. Pick up a B, and sew through the three As on top of the next stitch (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up a B, and sew through the next top A (b–c). Pick up a B, and sew through the 4 mm (c–d). Continue adding Bs, sewing through the top bead or beads of each stitch, until you reach the other end of the necklace. 

11. Pick up enough As to fit around the button, and sew through the two As at the end of the necklace to make a loop. Retrace the thread path. 

12. Sew through the beadwork to exit the two As between the first 3 mm stitch and the first stitch with drops (FIGURE 7, point a). Pick up three 15/0 seed beads and a 3 mm, and sew through the bottom hole of the next dagger (a–b). Pick up 10 15/0s, and sew through the bottom hole of the dagger again, making a loop in front (b–c). Pick up a 3 mm and three 15/0s, and sew up through the two As between the next set of drops and the next 3 mm stitch (c–d). Sew through the next five As around the stitch (d–e). 

13. Repeat step 12 to embellish the remaining daggers. End the threads.

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