|Bedouin Beaded Necklace Part One|
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Part One of the Bedouin Beaded Necklace will consist of making the strip that runs down the center of each of the side sections and the large diamond-shaped center piece. The beads used here are called "Three Cut" beads, as they have a flat facet ground into three places on the bead to add sparkle and shine. These beads are usually classified as a size 9/0 bead and most often come from the Czech Republic. The Three Cuts used in this project were an aurora borealis finish shade of pinky-orange and a regular finish jet black.
To begin, pick up 4 pink beads and tie them in a circle. Go through the bead next to where the thread is coming out and pick up 6 more pink beads. Go through the back of the 4th bead from the end.
Pick up 6 more pink beads and again go through the 4th from the end. Continue around the small loop just made through 2 more beads.
Pick up 2 pink beads and 4 black ones. Go through the back of the 1st black bead added. Pick up 2 more pink beads and go through the bead opposite the one that was left in the first little loop that was made when the original 4 beads were tied in a circle. This forms the basic unit used for this portion of the necklace.
Now you need to get back down to the bottom in order to add another unit. Make a circuit around the unit by going up through the next two beads in the loop, right through the five beads between it and the loop parallel to it, around the right side of that loop, through the two beads to the left and around the left side of the bottom loop. Now we can begin the next unit.
Repeat from here.
Pick up 6 black beads and go through the back of the 4th from the end. Continue around the loop through 2 more beads and pick up another 6 black beads. Go through the back of the 4th from the end. Pick up another 6 black beads and go through the back of the 4th and through the next two in the loop. Pick up 2 more black and connect the second unit to the first by going through the left hand side of the bead at the bottom of the lower-most loop in the first unit.
Again, you need to get back to the bottom of the new unit in order to add another. Go around the right side of the new unit, then down and around the left side of the bottom loop.
From here on, each unit is constructed the same way as the previous one (repeat from where it says "Repeat from here."), only the colors change. The following diagram illustrated the color sequence used. Repeat this sequence 3 times for each side piece, and 2 times for the center piece. In Part Two of this project, you will learn how to complete each section and connect them to make the necklace.