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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things.

I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. ...

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Swirl

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • seed beading : netting
  • seed beading : daisy stitch

Pattern Description:

This necklace with its eye-catching medallion is surprisingly lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Faceted beads of gradually increasing sizes swirl within a framework of seed beads, and are suspended from a soft seed beaded chain, fastening with an easy-to-manipulate integral toggle and loop.

Attach the chain at two points opposite each other on the pendant and make them shorter for a fabulous and comfortable cuff if you prefer.

The medallion is about two inches in diameter, and the necklace can be as long as desired.

You will use variations of Russian-style netting for the medallion, and a daisy stitch variant for the necklace chain.

I like to choose an outline colour that contrasts quite strongly with the main colour so as to emphasize the swirliness - it could be darker (as I've chosen in two of the samples) or lighter or just different. I'd love to see your colour choices!

The fire-polsihed beads are all round beads (which often look slightly oval to me!) - they are NOT rondelles!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 2" diameter
  • length to fit


  • Japanese size 11 seed beads in two colours, the outline colour and the main colour
  • Japanese size 8 seed beads (small amount)
  • 3mm fire-polished beads (13)
  • 4mm fire-polished beads (13)
  • 6mm fire-polished beads (13)
  • Your favourite beading needle
  • Your favourite beading thread

You Will Also Need:

  • beading surface
  • thread conditioner (optional)
  • good lighting
  • scissors
  • magnifiers (optional)