Fringe-y Lacy Beaded Choker Tutorial
Bugle beads (I used Black Iris, size 3, LOTS), Seed Beads (Black hexagonal cut, size 10), Faceted Round Beads(plastic 6mm) and Teardrops (Black plastic, 6mm)
Needles (Beading needles are very useful for the fringe)
Length of satin ribbon to match or contrastGeneral steps:
Make a chain of beads to the length that you want finished choker to be.
Make diamond lace.
I made a mistake and should have made the choker either 11 or 13 repeats long, instead of 12, because I had to fudge the end edge. I didn't plan my pattern out the whole way so the back ends up uneven.
Bugle beads on a hank will save you TONS of time.
I don't recommend mixing plastic and glass beads cause they wear unevenly, but I wasn't wanting to shell out any money on this, so I just used what I had. To Begin
Thread needle with a long, long strand of buttonhole thread. Use it singly, not doubled. You need strong thread that is fine enough to go through the seed beads a couple of times, but won't break easily. Dental floss works, fishing line doesn't as you can't tie knots that stay well.
The seed bead at the end is a Turning bead, you will use these at the bottom of the diamonds and on the fringes too.
In this stage you can adjust the size and shape of your diamonds. I chose them to be about 10 small beads square, with the bottom edge hanging a little lower, using 15 beads. Going back up with the 14 bead length, makes a nice straight back edge that you can stich the loop onto.
For a larger, more clear version of this, see http://img78.photobucket.com/albums/v295/moefen/Craftster%20Projects/chokerinstr5.jpg
Sorry this isn't that clear, but you probably can easily figure it out once you get going. You keep snaking in and out of the faceted beads. Continue to the end, then finish off with a straight edge up to top corner faceted bead.
If you need to start new thread (you will), stitch up through a faceted bead and tie thread around the thread already going through it. Make a double knot. Leave a long tail, you will put a drop of glue on the knots then cut them off.Fringe
This was pretty random, I decided to concentrate it in the middle 4 sections and for it to be really thick, like the way that a hank of beads looks when you hang it over your hand. I wanted it to look liquid. So I went overboard.
Pin your diamond choker to a pillow or something to hold it stretched out. Pin the ends (safety pins), pin at the centre point, and a couple more in between along the top edge. This is will stabilize everything and make it WAY easier.
The fringe is made continuously, by snaking through the seed beads in the grid, popping out, threading fringe bugle beads, turning at the bottom, and threading back through the fringe beads, then taking the thread back into the sead bead grid. Pop out whereever you want, and make the fringe however thick or thin you want. For mine with the really thick fringe I ended up stringing a fringe just about every two seed beads.
Pick a point to begin, tie your thread into the diamond grid leaving a long tail, right before a big faceted bead. Then take thread thru faceted bead and into the seed beads. I use the faceted bead to anchor the knots. Run thread through (example) 4 seed beads to approximately the middle of the diamond, bring thread out between two seed beads, string on desired length of fringe bugle beads.
Using beads on a hank: Don't untie the knot that holds them all together! Find both ends of one loop of beads, and gently pull, one end is tied tightly, the other will come loose. Use your beading needle to push through the beads while they are still on the string, then pull them off the string straight onto your thread. Saves lots of time.
Thread desired length (you can count or make it random). At the bottom I turned through either a teardrop faceted bead, or a seed bead. Hold fringe taut and run needle and thread back through the fringe, take it back into the seed bead grid at the top and pop out somewhere else.
Finish by putting a drop of superglue on the knots and trimming them off.
Thread a pretty satin ribbon through the two top diamonds on either end and tie choker in the back.
Apologies for my lack of skills in the art department and the resizing department. No doubt, this is all as clear as mud!