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Free Beadwork Tutorial
Beading Classroom...Choker

Beaded Choker


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Supplies:
Approx. 1/2 ounce #2 (6mm) Japanese bugle beads
Approx. 1/4 ounce Size 11 Japanese seed beads
3 Drop beads
Size D Nymo Thread
Size 12 Beading Needles
1 Clasp
2 Beadtips

*Note on instructions: Steps 1-4 are the basic stitch to make the choker. Row by row instructions follow.

Step 1: Make your bugle bead base. Thread approx. 3 yards of bead thread. Tie a "stopper" bead on the end, leaving a 4" tail. String 2 bugle beads. Pass your needle up through the bottom of the first bugle bead, then down through the top of the second bugle bead. Pull thread snug so they lay side by side with no gaps.

Step 2: Pick up 1 bugle bead. Pass your needle through the top of the second bugle bead, and back up through the bottom of the bugle bead you just strung on. Repeat until you have a length that is comfortable around your neck for a choker. Measure saving approx. 1" for your clasp.

Attach the clasp by stringing a few seed beads, then your beadtip. String 1 seed bead and loop around it (this works well in place of a slip knot). String back through the beadtip again, add a few seed beads and enter back into the opposite side of the bugle you came out of. String back through the bugle, the seed beads, the beadtip and your bead inside the beadtip a few times to strengthen this area. This is what supports the weight of your choker.

Step 3: Fold this piece of woven bugle beads in half. This will show you where the "center" of your choker is. Now count over from the center (to either side) 29 beads. Either begin a new thread at this point or weave your thread through the bugles until it is coming out of the bottom of the 29th bead from the center. String on 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Thread back up into the 3rd bugle bead over, forming a "point." Now string down through the 4th bugle bead and the last seed bead you strung on. Pick up 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Skip 2 bugle beads in the base row, and string up through the 3rd. Repeat this 13 more times. You should have 15 points centered in the middle of your bugle bead base.

Step 4: Now pass your thread through the last bugle bead in your last point and the seed bead at the tip. String on 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead. String through the seed bead in the next "point" over. Repeat 13 times. This row should have 14 points. You just completed
Row 3.

Now on to the instructions for the rows.

Row 4: String on 7 seed beads and pass your needle through the center seed bead in the next point. Repeat until you have 13 points.
Row 5: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the 4th seed bead, and string on 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Pass your needle through the 4th seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 12 points.
Row 6: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the last point. String on 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead. Pass your needle through the seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 11 points.
Row 7: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the last point. String on 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead. Pass your needle through the seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 10 points.
Row 8: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the last point. String on 9 seed beads. Pass your needle through the seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 9 points.
Row 9: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the 5th seed bead in the "second" point over. String on 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Pass your needle through the 5th seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 6 points.
Row 10: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the "second" point over. String on 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Pass your needle through the seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 3 points.
Row 11: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the "last" point. String on 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Pass your needle through the seed bead in the next point over. Repeat until you have 2 points.
Row 12: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the last point. String on 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead. Pass your needle through the seed bead in the next point over.
Adding your drops: Position your thread so that it is coming out of the center seed bead in the center point. String on 1 bugle bead, 1 seed bead, 1 drop bead, 1 seed bead. Skipping the last seed bead, string back up through the drop bead, seed bead and bugle bead, entering the seed bead in the center point from the opposite site that you came out. Now position your thread until it is coming out of the center seed bead in the outside point of row 9. Add your drop. Move over to the other outside point in row 9. Add your drop.
*Note: The reason I added the drop at the end is to give the bottom of the choker more strength by passing the threads through these last few rows several times.

Copyright 1999 Beki Haley
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