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Chain of rings necklace

Use seed beads in right-angle weave to create a stitched variation of a European chain mail pattern
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Small decorative rings and chains of seed beads come together for a necklace that unites two techniques. Linking the rings through the loops of right-angle weave creates a look that mimics traditional chain mail patterns but includes the color and texture of seed beads.

SUPPLIES

necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 61 9 mm outside-diameter (OD) decorative metal rings
  • 12 x 18 mm OD decorative metal oval
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 10 g color A
    • 5 g each of 2 colors: B, C
  • clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12
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Figure 1

INSTRUCTIONS

Row 1
1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead, a color B 11/0 seed bead, two As, a color C 11/0 seed bead, and an A. Repeat the six-bead pattern, and pick up a 9 mm ring. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail. Sew through the first six beads again (FIGURE 1, a–b).

 

2. Pick up an A, a B, two As, a C, two As, a B, and an A, and sew through the 9 mm and the last three beads in the previous stitch again (b–c). Continue through the first six beads picked up in this step (c–d).

 

3. Pick up nine 11/0s following the established color pattern and a 9 mm. Working in right-angle weave, sew through the end three 11/0s in the previous stitch and the first six beads just added. Repeat step 2 (d–e).

 

4. Repeat step 3 until your chain has 36 9 mms, ending and adding thread as needed.

 

5. Work one stitch of right-angle weave following the established color pattern, but do not add a 9 mm. 

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Figure 2
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Figure 3

Row 2

1. Pick up nine 11/0s following the established color pattern, and sew through the last 9 mm added in the previous row, the last three 11/0s in the previous stitch, and the first six 11/0s just added (FIGURE 2, a–b).

 

2. Pick up nine 11/0s, and sew through the same 9 mm, the last three 11/0s in the previous stitch, and the first six 11/0s just added (b–c).

 

3. Continue working in right-angle weave, sewing through the 9 mms added in the previous row as in steps 1 and 2, until you have stitched the second row through a total of 11 9 mms. 

 

4. Begin adding 9 mms to the second row: Pick up nine 11/0s in the established color pattern and a 9 mm, and sew through the next 9 mm in the previous row and the last three 11/0s in the previous stitch. Continue through the first six 11/0s added in this step and the two 9 mms (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up nine 11/0s in the established pattern, and work a stitch, sewing through both 9 mms (b–c).

5. Repeat step 4 to add a total of 14 9 mms in the second row. Depending on how you stitch, the new 9 mms may sit above or below the 9 mms added in the first row, but they must be consistent.

6. Work the remainder of the row as in steps 1 and 2 without adding new 9 mms.

7. Join the ends of the first and second row with a regular stitch, as you did at the other end: Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the three edge 11/0s in the first stitch of the first row. Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the three end 11/0s at the end of the second row. End the thread.


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Figure 4

Row 3

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up an A, a B, two As, a C, two As, a B, and an A, and sew through the three 11/0s that are shared by the stitches between the second and third 9 mm in the second row. Tie the working thread and tail together with a surgeon’s knot, and sew through the first six 11/0s added in this step (FIGURE 4, a–b)

 

2. Work as in step 4 of “Row 2” (b–c) to add a total of 10 9 mms to the third row. Connect the third row to the second as in step 1: Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the A, C, and A connecting the corresponding stitching in row 2. Pick up an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the beads your thread exited in the third row.

 
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Figure 5
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Figure 6

Center dangle

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the A, C, and A between the fifth and sixth 9 mm in the third row. Pick up two As, a B, three As, a C, three As, a B, two As, and a 9 mm. Sew through the A, C, and A your thread exited and the first eight 11/0s added in this step (FIGURE 5, a–b). 

2. Work a nine-bead stitch following the established color pattern (b–c). Work another stitch, picking up the 12 x 18 mm oval (c–d). Sew back through the beadwork to exit the A, C, and A in the single 9 mm (d–e)

 

3. Pick up two As, a B, three As, a C, three As, a B, and two As, and sew through one of the two nearest 9 mms in the third row and through the three 11/0s your thread exited at the start of this step (FIGURE 6, a–b). Repeat with the other 9 mm (b–c). End the thread.

 

 
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Figure 7

Clasp

1. Using the tail at one end of the necklace, pick up two As, a B, two As, the loop of half of the clasp, two As, a B, and two As. Sew through the three 11/0s at the end of the first row (FIGURE 7). Retrace the thread path, and end the thread. 

 

2. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the other end of the necklace if necessary, and repeat step 1 to attach the other half of the clasp. 

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