Sunday, June 15, 2014

Easy Beaded Crochet Necklace Tutorial

I made this necklace last week while trying out a new crochet skill - beaded crochet. If you can make a chain stitch and count to 30, you can make this necklace! It's easy, but takes a little bit of patience. This necklace is lightweight and perfect for warm summer weather - you'll forget you're even wearing it!
Materials:
  • Size 10 cotton crochet thread (I used Aunt Lydia's in Antique White)
  • 2.1 mm crochet hook
  • Beads - I used these in a sea glass color mix, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • A needle that fits through the hole in your beads
  • Small piece of sewing thread
  • 1/2" Ribbon clasps
  • E6000 glue
  • pliers
Directions:

1. First, thread your needle with the sewing thread. Tie the thread into a loop.
2. Then thread the thread loop with your crochet thread.
3. Thread 30 beads onto the crochet thread.
4. With the hook, ch 10 on the crochet thread.
5. Push one bead down to the hook, and make a chain stitch around it.
6. Chain 4
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have secured all the beads. After the 30th bead, ch10 and fasten off.
8. Pull thread tight to knot.
9. Repeat steps 1-7 three more times (or as many times as you want). You should have (at least) 4  beaded chains with 30 beads each.
10. Trim the edges of your chains, add a little glue to the inside of the ribbon clasp, put the 4 chain ends inside the clasp and clamp down with the pliers.
11. Repeat on the other side of the beaded chains.
12. Let dry and enjoy your new necklace!


Imagine all the fun things you can make with this technique - bracelets, ankles, headbands (add a little elastic...or even use elastic thread). You can change up the materials to make a piece of jewelry that is uniquely you. Perfect for gifts this summer!

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