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Elegance squared collar

Create a clever collar with a new style of two-hole bead

SUPPLIES

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 6 8 mm round faceted fire-polished beads (bronze)
  • 18 g Miyuki Tila beads (bronze matte)
  • 17 g 8/0 hex-cut beads (bronze)
  • 3 g 11/0 seed beads (bronze)
  • hook clasp
  • 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pin
  • 5 1-in. (2.5 cm) eye pins
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Elegance squared collar Figure 1
Figure 1
Elegance squared collar Figure 2
Figure 2
Elegance squared collar Figure 3
Figure 3
Elegance squared collar Photo a
Photo A
Elegance squared collar Photo b
Photo B
Elegance squared collar Figure 4
Figure 4
Elegance squared collar Figure 5
Figure 5
Elegance squared collar Figure 6b
Figure 6

Herringbone unit

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, leaving a 12-in (30 cm) tail, sew through both holes of a Tila bead. Tie the working thread and tail together with a square knot, and sew back through the second hole.

2. Working in ladder stitch, pick up two 8/0 hex-cut beads, and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead and the 8/0s (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up two 8/0s, and work another stitch (b–c). 

3. Working in modified ladder stitch, pick up a Tila bead, and sew through the previous pair of 8/0s, the first hole of the Tila bead, and the second hole of the Tila bead (c–d). 

4. Continue working in ladder stitch and modified ladder stitch to add an alternating pattern of a Tila bead and two pairs of 8/0s for a total of three sets.

5. With your thread exiting up out of the end pair of 8/0s, pick up a Tila bead, and sew down through its second hole and the second pair of 8/0s (FIGURE 2, a–b). 

6. Sew up through the first hole of the next Tila bead, pick up four 8/0s, and sew down through the second hole of the Tila bead (b–c). 

7. Sew up through the next pair of 8/0s, and repeat steps 5 and 6 across the row (c–d).

8. At the end of the row, sew under the adjacent thread bridge, and back up through the end hole of the Tila bead and the corresponding pair of 8/0s (d–e). 

9. Work three more rows as in steps 5–8, alternating Tila beads and groups of 8/0s to create a checkerboard pattern.

10. Work the sixth row as in steps 5–8, but pick up an 11/0 seed bead between the two holes of each Tila bead and between each pair of 8/0s (FIGURE 3). End the thread but not the tail. 

11. Make 11 to 13 units, as desired.

8 mm units

1. On a head pin, string an 8 mm round faceted fire-polished bead, and make a plain loop

2. Using eye pins instead of a head pin, repeat step 1 five times. 

3. Open the loop of the head pin unit, attach a loop of an eye pin unit, and close the loop. Open the remaining loop of the eye pin unit, attach a loop of another eye pin unit, and close the loop. Repeat to connect four eye pin units (PHOTO A). 

4. Open a loop of the remaining eye pin unit, attach the hook clasp, and close the loop (PHOTO B).

Assembly

Turn the herringbone units so the edge 11/0s are at the bottom of each unit.

1. To connect the herringbone units, thread a needle on the tail of one unit, and exit the end edge hole of a Tila bead. Sew through the end pair of 8/0s of the next unit and the hole of the Tila bead your thread just exited (FIGURE 4). Retrace the thread path, and end the thread. Repeat to connect all the units.

2. Thread a needle on the remaining tail, and sew through the Tila bead to exit the end edge hole. Pick up an 8/0, the loop of the 8 mm clasp unit, and an 8/0, and sew through the hole of the Tila bead your thread just exited (FIGURE 5). Retrace the thread path.

3. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew under the thread bridge between the two holes of the end Tila bead (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up an 11/0, and sew under the thread bridge between the first pair of 8/0s. Pick up an 11/0, and sew under the thread bridge between the next 8/0 and Tila bead (b–c). Repeat across all the units, ending and adding thread as needed. 

4. Sew through the end edge pair of 8/0s, pick up an 8/0, the end loop of the connected 8 mm units, and an 8/0 as in step 2, and sew through the pair of 8/0s your thread just exited. Retrace the thread path, and end all remaining threads.

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