|Chris Prussing Hugs & Kisses with a Twist|
Lariats are fun - they work as chokers, necklaces, bandoliers, belts, or bracelets, as well as being an easy way to add a little zing of beadwork when you wear a scarf.
The sample lariat is strung on white PowerPro (a braided, waxed Spectra thread, 10 lb. test), and is about 55" long. Figure about 6-7 yards total (more if youre just using one needle), with at least two splices required. Start with a 30-bead dodecahedron, then continue right on into the "Hugs & Kisses with a Twist" weave, ending with another 30-bead dodecahedron. The sample piece used about 150 fire-polished 4mm beads, 3 shades of 11/0 seed beads, and about 80 3mm artificial pearls. Side-drilled 3-4mm freshwater pearls also work well. Although I havent tried this yet, I suspect one could also use cut lead crystal bicones instead of the round fire-polished beads, as the Spectra thread is quite tough and abrasion-resistant."