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Golden Waterfall Tila Bead Necklace Free Beading Pattern

A Free Beading Pattern

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Stitching Tila beads on the diagonal gives this necklace texture and depth and using metallic bronze beads gives it plenty of pizazz! Try using gemstone rounds instead of the firepolished beads for an earthier look.

1. Materials and Resources

Jennifer VanBenschoten

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.

Resources:

Tila beads, seed beads and beading thread: Whimbeads

Firepolished bicones: Beaded Path

Clasp: Artbeads

2. Getting Started - Stitch Two Tila Beads Together

Jennifer VanBenschoten

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

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Add Tila beads using ladder stitch until you have a chain of 7 beads.

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

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Before beginning to stitch diagonally up the side of your ladder, make sure that your thread is exiting from the inside hole of the last Tila bead.

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

Jennifer VanBenschoten
To get into position, stitch up through the next Tila bead hole moving towards the working end of the row, then up through the second hole in the Tila bead you just added.

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

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Pick up a Tila bead. Stitch down through the bead below it, making sure that the holes line up underneath each other. Pass needle up through the next hole in the Tila bead, then up through the Tila bead above it. Pull snugly.

You are now in position to add the next Tila bead.

7. Adding the Second Diagonal Row of Tila Beads

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Pick up a Tila bead. Pass needle down through the second hole of the Tila bead, and then through the Tila bead beneath it. DO NOT go down through the base row of Tila beads.

8. Pass Thread Up and Get Into Position for the Next Tila Bead

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Pass needle up through the outside hole of the Tila bead in the first diagonal row. You are now in position to add the next bead.

9. Adding the Next Bead

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Pick up a Tila 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.

10. Continue Stitching

Jennifer VanBenschoten
Continue to add two beads to each row for a total of 20 rows.

Your rows should continue to work up on the diagonal. Make sure that the beads you add are centered over two beads from the previous row.

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