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Spiral Staircase Stitch Necklace with Glass Heart focal.
A beadwoven piece using Spiral Staircase stitch and a variety of beads make the rope necklace for a lovely focal glass heart bead.

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  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    Thread your needle with
    approx 1m Beading Thread.

    String on 2 x Sz 8 seed beads
    / 2 x Sz 15 Seed Beads / 1 x
    4mm Cats Eye Bead / 2 x Sz 15
    Seed Beads.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    . Leaving a 4” tail tie the
    two threads to pull the
    beads into a circle, double
    knot to secure.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    String on 1 x Sz 8 Seed Bead
    / 2 x Sz 15 Seed Beads / 1 x
    4mm Cats Eye Bead / 2 x Sz 15
    Seed Beads.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take your needle back
    UP through the last 3 Sz 8
    Seed beads on the work
    and the Sz 8 Seed Bead
    you just strung on.
    Pull the string in tight
    which will make the beads
    lay down on the work.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make sure your last set of
    beads always lie to the right of
    the set before.
    Your thread should always
    come out at the top of your
    work ready to begin the next
    set.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat Steps 3 & 4
    until your work measure
    approx 16” or the desired
    length for your neck.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    To add more thread simply
    make a half-hitch knot (by
    threading through the previous
    thread and catching the loop
    before pulling tight) & weaving
    your thread into the work (Hitch
    it again to make more secure
    before trimming off)
    Work a new thread in the same
    way before beginning again.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    When you have
    reached your desired
    length, string on 2 x Sz 8
    Seed Beads, 1 x 12-15mm
    focal Bead and 1 x Sz 8
    Seed Bead.

    Thread back through
    all of these beads missing
    the single bead at the end.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pull in tight and half-hitch
    the thread.

    It is suggested that you
    work back through the Sz 8
    Seed Beads and Focal a few
    times, back and forth, to
    strengthen, half-hitch your
    thread again and weave in the
    ends before trimming off the
    excess.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Join some thread at
    the opposite end as in Step
    8, and when secure string
    on enough Sz 8 and Sz 15
    beads (alternately) to
    make a loop to fit your
    focal bead into. Be careful
    not to make it too tight or
    too loose.

    Join the loop by
    sewing into the last bead
    on the work.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Strengthen the loop by
    sewing through it a few times
    before half-hitching and
    weaving in the ends.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    Take approx a meter
    of beading thread and
    thread up your needle.
    String on 30 Seed Beads,
    alternating Sz 8’s and Sz
    15’s; tie into a loop by
    double knotting the
    thread.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    Thread on the large focal
    heart bead followed by a 4mm
    Cats Eye bead.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    Thread on 9 Seed
    beads (alternating Sz 8 &
    Sz 15’s) followed by the
    5mm Crystal and ending
    with a Sz 15 Seed Bead.

    Thread your needle
    back up the beads, missing
    out the Sz 15 at the end.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 15
    Step 15

    Pull tight and thread back
    through to the top of the heart.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 16
    Step 16

    When back at the top
    of the heart repeat from
    steps 12-14 to form three
    loops and three dangles.
    Half hitch the thread and
    weave in the ends.

  • How to make a braided bead necklace. Twisted Heart Necklace - Step 17
    Step 17

    Finally thread your
    heart pendant onto your
    spiral necklace.

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