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This project was created and written by our Jewellery Ambassador, Sarah Millsop.
This very simple but effective necklace is made using just a simple stitch. The most difficult part of this jewellery is just pre-threading all your beads! As this is a long lariat, there are no metal findings or clasp, so it’s also a great piece of jewellery for anyone with sensitive skin. You simply wrap it around as many times as you like and you can adapt how you wear it as you like.
If you already know how to crochet, it’s quite simply a single/chain stitch knotted and glued to secure when you achieve your desired length. If you’re yet to learn, follow these simple steps.
You will need to leave your thread on the spool and thread your beads directly into it. I used an easy eye needle, but you could just put glue or nail varnish on the end of your thread to stiffen it into a needle. I threaded beads to achieve three quarters of my finished length. Knot your first bead onto the end to use as a secure start. Create a loop and thread your hook through it. Move this loop neatly up to the knotted bead.
Bring a bead up to the hook from your pre-threaded amount. Bring the thread around the back of the hook and turn your hook down to capture the thread in it. Hold the bead (in this image – the pearl) and pull your hook and captured thread through the loop created. You will notice that you now have a new loop around your hook and the bead is secured. Repeat this again and again until you achieve your required length.
Make sure your beads and loops are nice and close to each other as you work. It gives a lovely finish and suspends the beads beautifully on the thread.
When you’re finished, simply knot the two ends together to secure. You can also put some glue or clear polish on the knot to secure. You should be able to hide it nicely into the design.