1. Materials and Resources
To make this 20 inch necklace, you will need the following tools and supplies:
- 10 grams Tila beads, antique gold metallic
- 10 grams size 11 seed bead, pale topaz high luster
- 4mm Czech firepolished bicones, 72, assorted colors
- Brass toggle clasp or clasp of your choice
- Beading thread of your choice (FireLine or Nymo recommended)
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
You can make this necklace longer or shorter by either adjusting the length of the neckstrap or by working less rows of the diagonal stitch with the Tila beads. You will need to adjust the number of beads needed accordingly.
Tila beads, seed beads and beading thread: Whimbeads
Firepolished bicones: Beaded Path
2. Getting Started - Stitch Two Tila Beads Together
Cut a comfortable length of beading thread.
Pick up two Tila beads. Pass through the same hole of the first Tila bead again, then across the bead and down through the second hole.
Pull snugly so that the two beads line up next to each other.
3. Work a Row of Beads in Ladder Stitch
When working in ladder stitch to add Tila beads, you will need to make an extra pass so that your thread exits on the outside of each bead. Always make sure that your thread is exiting the outside hole before adding another bead.
4. Start the Diagonal Stitching
Pick up a Tila bead. Pass through the second hole in the bead, then back down through the next Tila bead hole going towards the inside of your ladder.
Your Tila bead should be straddling the two Tila beads beneath it as illustrated in the photograph.
5. Get Into Position to Add the Next Tila Bead
Your thread should be exiting the top of the Tila bead you just added through the outside hole as illustrated in the photograph.
6. Adding the Next Tila Bead
You are now in position to add the next Tila bead.
7. Adding the Second Diagonal Row of Tila Beads
8. Pass Thread Up and Get Into Position for the Next Tila Bead
9. Adding the Next Bead
Work a ladder stitch thread pass to secure the two beads together.
Your thread should be exiting from the inside hole of the second Tila bead.