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Frame Necklace

 

 

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Frame Necklace
(fits 1x1 1/8 inch photo)
Thread #10 needle with long thread ( 5 arm lengths) D nymo (or your favorite thread and needle) I llike A - Silamide. Wax the thread if you like. Tie on a stopper bead if you wish.
Pick up 20 beads. Your choice of color or mixed.


2 bead drop peyote stitch:
Pick up 2 beads, skip 2 beads, and go through 2 beads.

Continue stitching until the piece measures about 1 1/2 inches.
The bottom folds up 3 or 4 rows to create the bottom of the frame.
Peyote over the end 4 beads only until this side piece measures about 3/4 inch. Add 16 beads beside this piece forming the top of the inside of the frame.

Bead across these 20 beads for a few rows until you have the frame top. Work your thread down to bottom edge to add the other side of the frame. Use the 4 edge stitches to bead the other frame side until it is the same length as the first side. Attach to bottom frame like the other edge.

 

 

Add 16 beads beside this piece forming the top of the inside of the frame. Bead across these 20 beads for a few rows until you have the frame top.
Work your thread down to bottom edge to add the other side of the frame. Use the 4 edge stitches to bead the other frame side until it is the same length as the first side. Attach to bottom frame like the other edge.
Stitch up the sides: Stitch into a side bead and pick up a new bead and stitch into the adjacent bead. Continue up the side. Repeat on the other side. This extra bead covers the thread.

Stitch into 2 beads in the top back of the frame edge. Work in herringbone 2 stitches long enough to go around your neck and attach to other side of the top back of the frame. Each herringbone you will come down through the second bead and then back up through the first bead beside it and up through the top bead. (this is just like a step up) The extra thread through the beads will add strength to the necklace. Or see alternative choices below.
You can wear this frame backwards and embelish the backside of the frame. Or you can wear this frame pointing outward and embelish the edges of the frame. Or just wear it plain.

Alternative:
Just make that herringbone long enough to go around a stiff necklace or neck chain - about 10 rows each side and sew to the back top of the frame

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Alternative:
Use the 2 drop peyote for the necklace. This uses 4 stitches so it is a wider look. It may not be as strong as the herringbone stitch
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