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Fragrant beaded beads necklace

Cover an aromatic core with a brick stitch sleeve

Beaded beads take on a new dimension when infused with aroma. In this versatile project, we learn several ways to add a favorite scent to a customizable necklace.


SUPPLIES

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  • Nymo D conditioned with beeswax or Thread Heaven, or Fireline 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12

green necklace (soft-centered beads) 19 in. (48cm)  

  • 2 9mm rondelles
  • 7g Czech size 3 (7mm) or Japanese size 2 (6mm) bugle beads
  • 4 size 8/0 seed beads
  • 8g size 11/0 Japanese seed beads in each of 2 colors: A, B
  • 14 11mm daisy spacers
  • 4 3mm spacers
  • clasp
  • 2 crimp beads
  • flexible beading wire, .019
  • craft felt
  • dried herbs
  • 7 3⁄4-in. (1.9cm) 3mm- diameter ceramic tube beads or pieces of hollow coffee stirrers
  • rubber cement
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters


INSTRUCTIONS

GREEN NECKLACE WITH SOFT-CENTERED BEADS

Preparing the form

1. 
Cut a 5 x 3⁄4-in. (13 x 1.9cm) strip of felt.

Fragrant beaded beads Photo A
PHOTO A

2. Coat one side of the felt with rubber cement, and sprinkle dried lavender or other herbs over it (PHOTO A)

Fragrant beaded beads Photo B
PHOTO B
Place a 3⁄4-in. tube bead or piece of a coffee stirrer at one end of the felt, and roll it up tightly (PHOTO B) until it is 5⁄8 in. (1.6cm) in diameter. Cut off any excess felt, and tuck in or brush off any loose lavender. 
Fragrant beaded beads Photo C
PHOTO C
Fragrant beaded beads Photo D
PHOTO D

3. Thread a needle with an 18-in. (46cm) piece of Nymo or Fireline, and make a large overhand knot at the end. Stitch the end of the felt down to close the form (PHOTO C).

4. When you reach the end of the form, sew into the form from the center, go through all the layers of felt, and exit through the outer layer (PHOTO D). Repeat around to tack the entire edge. Sew through to the other end, and tack it in the same manner. 

5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make a total of seven soft forms.

 


Fragrant beaded beads Figure 1
FIGURE 1

Beaded cover

The following is one of many patterns you can use to make these beads. Try this pattern first, then change the colors, sizes, or shapes of the beads to make your own design. 

1. Thread a needle on a 4-ft. (1.2m) length of Nymo or Fireline, and, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, pick up a color A 11/0 seed bead, a bugle bead, two As, a bugle, and an A. Sew back through all six beads again, and pull them snug so you have two columns sitting side by side (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up an A, a bugle, and an A, go through the last three beads again, and continue through the three new beads (b–c). Repeat this bead pattern, and continue working in ladder stitch until you have 24 bugles. Test that the ladder will fit around your form, and add or remove beads if necessary.

2. To form the ladder into a ring, sew through the first three ladder beads, the last three ladder beads, and the first three ladder beads again. 

 
Fragrant beaded beads Figure 2
FIGURE 2
Fragrant beaded beads Figure 3
FIGURE 3

3. Pick up an A, a color B 11/0, two As, a B, and an A. Working in modified brick stitch, go under the thread bridge between the first and second ladder beads and back through the last three beads picked up (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up an A, a B, and an A. Go under the next thread bridge, and come back through the last three beads (b–c). Repeat around for a total of 24 stitches.

4. After you’ve added your final stitch on this round (FIGURE 3, a–b), sew down through the first three beads of this round, under the thread bridge, and back up through the same beads (b–c).

Fragrant beaded beads Figure 4
FIGURE 4
Fragrant beaded beads Photo E
PHOTO E

5. Pick up a B, an A, two Bs, an A, and a B. Skip a thread bridge on the row below, go under the next one, and sew back up through the last three beads (c–d). Pick up a B, an A, and a B, skip a thread bridge, go under the next bridge, and come back up through the last three beads (d–e). Repeat around for a total of 12 stitches. Repeat step 4 to finish the row.

6. Pick up two As. Skip a thread bridge, go under the next thread bridge on the row below, and go back up through the second A just picked up (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up an A, skip a thread bridge, go under the next bridge, and come back up through the A just picked up (b–c). Repeat for a total of six stitches. Repeat step 4 to finish the row. 

7. Sew through the beadwork to exit the other edge of the ladder. Slide the soft center into the beaded cover (PHOTO E), and repeat steps 3–6 to complete the other side. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots between beads, and trim. 

8. Repeat steps 1–7 to cover the remaining six forms. 

 


Fragrant beaded beads Figure 5
FIGURE 5

Peyote spacers

1. On a 2-ft. (61cm) length of thread, pick up a stop bead, two As, four Bs, and two As (FIGURE 5, a–b). 

2. Pick up two As, and go through the last two Bs in the opposite direction (b–c). Pick up two Bs, and go through the first two As (c–d). 

3. Repeat step 2 to continue working in two-drop peyote for a total of 14 rows. You should have seven As on each straight edge of the strip. 

4. Join the strip into a tube by zipping up the edges. Secure the tails with half-hitch knots, and trim.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make a total of six peyote spacers.

 


Peyote neck tube
Fragrant beaded beads Figure 6
FIGURE 6

1. On a 4-ft. length of thread, pick up a stop bead, two As, two Bs, two As, and a bugle. Repeat this pattern four times, then pick up two As, four Bs, and two As (FIGURE 6, a–b). 

2. Pick up two As, and sew through the last two Bs in the opposite direction (b–c). Treating the bugles as though they were pairs of 11/0s, work 11 two-drop peyote stitches across the row, alternating a stitch of two Bs with a stitch of one bugle (c–d).

3. Continuing in two-drop peyote, work 11 stitches of As (d–e), then one stitch of Bs (e–f) to complete the row.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 five times for a total of 14 rows.

5. Zip up the tube, finish the tails, and trim.

 


 

Necklace assembly

Fragrant beaded beads Photo F
PHOTO F

1. Determine the desired length of your necklace (this one is 19 in./48cm), add 6 in., and cut a piece of beading wire to that length. Center an 11mm spacer, a scented bead, and an 11mm.

2. On one end, string the bead sequence used to begin the small peyote spacers, omitting the stop bead (PHOTO F), and then slide a peyote spacer over these beads (PHOTO G). String an 11mm, a scented bead, and an 11mm. 

Fragrant beaded beads Photo G
PHOTO G
Fragrant beaded beads Photo H
PHOTO H

3. Repeat step 2 twice (PHOTO H).

 

Fragrant beaded beads Photo I
PHOTO I

4. String a 9mm rondelle and a 3mm spacer. String the bead sequence used to begin the peyote neck tube, omitting the stop bead. Slide one peyote tube over these beads (PHOTO I).

Fragrant beaded beads Photo J
PHOTO J

5. String a 3mm, an 8/0, a crimp bead, an 8/0, and one clasp half. Go back through the last three beads (PHOTO J).

6. Repeat steps 2–5 on the other end. Test the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads, and trim the wire. 

 


There are two other types of FRAGRANT BEADS that you can make! Check them out on the FREE PDF, you can download it here. 

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