Fabrics, yarn and ribbons in tonal hues of blues, basalt and burgundy, with flashes of fuchsia and turquoise are used to create this multi-crafted necklace. Beads are wrapped in printed fabric of basic double crochet.
From the book Beads & Buttons by Erika Knight. Read our review here.
For the first time in her distinguished career, knitwear and crochet designer Erika Knight has moved into an entirely new area of craft. In Beads & Buttons, she applies her unique flair for colour, texture and design to beading, presenting a collection of 25 must-have jewellery projects.The book is divided into three themes, Natural, Playful and Vintage. Using driftwood, pebbles and shells, hemp twine or leather thonging, the Naturals projects reflect a modern mood within accessories for relaxed, easy-wear simplicity from a simple stone pendant on brightly coloured suede to a beaded cuff bracelet on wire and a pearl and wooden bead cluster necklace. Playful combines vibrant colour with unusual textures, such as crochet and felt, to create bold statement pieces including yarn covered bea...© 2013 Erika Knight / Quadrille · Reproduced with permission.
Wrap three large beads (A) and six medium (B) beads in assorted fabrics.
Cover 10 medium beads (B) with crochet - two in grey, four in burgundy and four in fuchsia. Base ring with yarn and crochet hook, make 6 ch and join into ring with a slip stitch.
Round 1: 1 ch, 10 dc in ring, slip stitch to first dc.
Round 2: 1 ch, 2 dc in each dc to end of round, slip stitch to first dc. (20 dc.)
Round 3: 1 ch, 1 dc in each dc to end, slip stitch to first dc.
Repeat round 3 four times.
Insert bead into crochet.
Next Round: 1 ch, [1 dc in next dc, miss 1 dc] to end of round, slip stitch to first dc. (10 dc.)
Repeat last round. (5 dc.)
Fasten off and sew in yarn ends.
Tie a slip knot in one end of the rat tail cord. Thread one large fabric bead onto the cord and position at the centre. Tie a knot at each side of the bead to secure. Thread another two large fabric beads, one at each side of the first bead, and knot. Thread three medium fabric beads on each side and knot. Thread five crochet beads on each side, with the last bead covering the starting slip knot. Tie a slip knot at the other end of the necklace. Poke the end of the cord through the hole of the last bead with the aid of a knitting needle. Cut the ribbon in half and sew one half to each loop created by the the slip knots. Tie the ribbon ends together in a bow.