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All wrapped up beaded scarf tube

A beaded tube enhances a long scarf
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Your favorite scarf will take on a new look when it’s embellished with a netted tube that’s accented with fringe. Tying the scarf through a beaded loop gives it a lovely drape.

SUPPLIES

scarf embellishment 21–25 in. (53–64cm)

  • 26 4mm bicone crystals or round fire-polished beads for connecting loop and band
  • variety of 2–4mm accent beads for fringe
  • 10 4mm fringe teardrop beads (optional)
  • 5 g each size 8/0 hex-cut beads, in 1–4 colors
  • 12 g each size 8/0 triangle beads, in 1–4 colors (optional)
  • 8 g each size 11/0 Japanese seed beads, in 2–4 colors
  • Nymo D
  • beading needles, #12
  • 4 ft. (1.2m) oblong scarf
  • 12mm dowel or plastic tube
  • 18 in. (46cm) string

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

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PHOTO A
1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of Nymo, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Pick up four color A 11/0 seed beads, a color A 8/0 hex-cut or triangle bead, five color B 11/0s, a color B 8/0 hex or triangle, five A 11/0s, an A hex or triangle, five color C 11/0s, a color C 8/0 hex or triangle, and an A 11/0. Sew through the first four 11/0s to form a ring. Snug up the beads (PHOTO A). You may choose a different pattern for the tube.
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PHOTO B
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PHOTO C

2. Slide the ring onto a 12mm dowel or plastic tube with the thread exiting to the left. Working from right to left, pick up an A hex or triangle and four 11/0s. Sew through the 11/0 after the next hex or triangle. This first loop will form a sharp peak (PHOTO B), but the next loops will be more elongated (PHOTO C). Repeat picking up a hex or triangle and four 11/0s, following the color rotation established in rounds 1 and 2. As you add loops, the rounds will spiral around the tube. Continue until the tube is 14–18 in. (36–46cm) long. Add thread as needed.

3. To begin the last round, pick up a hex or triangle and five 11/0s, and sew through the 11/0 after the next hex or triangle. Repeat three times, following the color rotation. Sew back through the beads to reinforce the last round. If the thread is at least 2 ft. (61cm) long, do not cut it. If it is shorter, secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. Add 2 ft. (61cm) of thread to the end.

Connector band

1. On 1 yd. (.9m) of thread, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, pick up four 4mm bicone crystals or round fire-polished beads. Sew through the beads to form a ring. Working in right-angle weave, make a band seven clusters long.

2. To connect the first cluster to the last cluster, pick up a 4mm, sew through the end 4mm of the first cluster, pick up a 4mm, and sew through the end 4mm from the previous cluster. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

Connector loops

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PHOTO D
1. Using the working thread from the tube, exit a hex or triangle bead, and pick up 1 in. (2.5cm) of 11/0s. Sew through a vertical bead on the right-angle weave band (PHOTO D).
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PHOTO E
2. Pick up 1 in. (2.5cm) of 11/0s, an accent bead, and 1 in. (2.5cm) of 11/0s. Skip a vertical bead in the band and sew through the next vertical bead. Pick up 1 in. (2.5cm) of 11/0s, and sew through the next hex or triangle bead and the next five 11/0s (PHOTO E).
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PHOTO F
3. Repeat steps 1–3, but in step 2 sew through the accent bead and an adjacent 11/0 on each side of the accent bead (PHOTO F). Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

Fringe

On the other end of the tube, attach 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread with a few half-hitch knots. Cover 5 in. (13cm) of thread by picking up a combination of 3–4mm bicone crystals, round fire-polished beads, or square beads; 2–4mm glass beads; seed beads; and fringe teardrops. Skip the last bead and sew back through the rest of the beads. Sew through two or three beads in the first round of the tube. Repeat to make nine more fringe strands that mirror the beads of the first strand. Add thread as needed. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

Assembly

Tie an 18-in. (46cm) piece of string to one end of the scarf. Feed the string through the tube, and then gently pull the scarf through the tube. Loop one end of the scarf through the connector loops to tie the scarf.

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