The combination of blue, white, and antique brass in this month’s nautical themed bead box is the perfect palette to play with knots and textures. In this three-strand necklace we’ll mix several elements from the collection to create a wonderful summer necklace that is perfect for a walk on the beach or a day of sailing. The quantity of beads and materials you’ll need will vary depending on how long you make your necklace. You’ll need about 4 grams of seed beads, some beading thread, and a clasp in addition to the materials in your Blueberry Cove bead box.
brown synthetic suede 5mm cord
white braided PU cord
antique bronze clasp or link component
3mm Coconut beads
10mm blue and white acrylic resin round beads
25mm anchor or compass pendant
14mm copper patina end caps
size 10 blue white-hearts (or seed beads of your choice)
size D nylon beading thread
6mm jump rings
adhesive such as E-6000 or Super New Glue
1. Begin by tying overhand knots in your suede cord, leaving about a 2 inch (5cm) gap at the end and between each knot. Trim the cord 2 inches from the last knot once it has reached the desired length for your necklace.
2. Cut a piece of white plaited cord to match the length of your knotted cord. Set the plaited cord aside for now.
3. Cut a length of beading thread that is twice the length of your knotted suede cord, plus 16 inches (40cm). Center a beading needle on the thread and tie the ends together with an overhand knot, leaving at least a 1 inch (2.5cm) tail. Add a bead stop if desired to stop the beads from sliding of the thread.
4. Lay the knotted suede across your workspace. String seed beads onto your beading thread, and lay the strand along your knotted cord as you work. Add a coconut bead, striped resin round, and a coconut bead about halfway between each knot. Continue stringing beads past the last knot until the beads are about 1cm shorter than your knotted cord.
5. Center the seed bead strand on the thread. Bring one end of the suede and plaited leather cords together, using a clip or bead stop if desired, and tie the tail of the beading thread around the end of both cords. Wrap the tail around the knot 3 times, and finish with another overhand knot to secure. Trim any excess thread.
6. Bring the opposite ends of the cords together. Cinch up the seed bead strand and tie an overhand knot at the base of the last seed bead. Knot and wrap the tail thread around the cord ends as before, making sure that there is no slack thread. Trim the tail.
7. Dab a bit of adhesive to one end of the cords and press into an end cap. Repeat on the other cord end and allow to dry.
8. Thread a needle on a 12 inch (30cm) length of beading thread. Pick up 1 seed bead and stitch up through it again to lock it in place, leaving a 4 inch (10cm) tail. Pick up 1 coconut bead, 20 seed beads, 1 coconut bead, and your pendant.
9. Lay all three necklace strands over the 20 seed beads. Carefully stitch through the 1st coconut bead and a few seed beads. Pull snug to bring all of the beads into a loop. Pass through all of the beads and exit from the first coconut bead again.
10. Pick up 20 seed beads and stitch through the 2nd coconut bead to form another loop. Weave all remaining thread into the loops and trim.
11. Attach a clasp to the end caps with jump rings to finish the necklace.
Variations: If your cords are 26 inches (66cm) or longer, you can attach a knot link component to the end caps with jump rings in place of a clasp.
You can also attach your pendant to one or more cords using a jump ring, rather than a beaded bail.