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If you think you know herringbone, you have to try this one, as it's surprising and fun. Using tubular herringbone, with measured increases and decreases and pearls and picots, form this unusual chain, alternating two coordinating seed bead colours. Begin in the centre front with a small pearl focal, and then sculpt the rope into what looks like tulips to me (hence the name, from "Tiptoe through the Tulips") or like pussy-willows to others. Switch to smooth tubular herringbone for the back neck, and close with a sterling silver s-hook clasp. This is probably an intermediate-level pattern, and you should be comfortable with tubular herringbone with a step-up. You won't snooze through it though, as the way the shaping is achieved isn't exactly standard, so you'll need to pay attention! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY tubular herringbone stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Necklace made to fit you

Recommended with this pattern

  • Japanese size 15 seed beads
  • Japanese size 11 seed beads in two colours, 5-10g of each
  • Pearls or fire-polished beads or other accent beads about 4-5mm, 40-50

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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. I've dabbled in polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, but immerse myself in seed beading. I teach at a local bead store, as well at national shows from time to time. Patterns in my shop are by and large based on classes I have taught, so they've been tested on real people!