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St. Petersburg to make a feathery lariat or
Two adaptations highlight the versatility of a traditional stitch
designed by Hatsumi Oshitani
The subtle shimmer of goldlined aqua beads lends this lariat an ethereal quality.
a 3mm. a 3mm.  Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots (Basics) between beads. pick up approximately 25 As.  Pick up four As. three Bs. an A.8m) of beading thread (figure 1. a–b). Skip the last B. Side two  Repeat steps 1–3 of side one (figure 4. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots (Basics) between beads.com . p. Be patient as you learn this stitch.  Sew through the A you exited to make the first fringe (e–f).  Repeat steps 1–3 on the other end. six Bs. Repeat step 1 to make five more fringes. and a B (figure 5.  Pick up two As. or add your own as desired. and sew through the first two in the same direction (figure 3. and sew through the last two As picked up in step 2 (b–c). and trim. a color B 110. an A. a 3mm. 75)  Continuing with the working thread from side two. beadandbutton. and an A. Basic fringe (gold lariat. 124) on 2 yd.  Pick up an A. and sew back through the other six beads of the branch  Continuing with the working thread from side two. sew back through and the next three beads of the stem (c–d). Skip the last A.77) Side one. an A. and sew back through three As in a row (figure 2. and sew back through the next six beads (b–c). Choose one of the fringe types described below. go through the next 3mm of side one and continue through the two As in the last row (c–d). Sew through the end 3mm with one of the tails.  Pick up six color A 110 seed beads (b–c). pick up approximately 20 As.  Pick up an A. an A. and trim.  Repeat steps 1–5 on the other end.  Remove the stop bead from the other tail. b d d a c a c c d c b b a figure 1 figure 2 figure 3 b a figure 4 stepbystep Lariat Side one  Center a stop bead (Basics. Necklace with pendant (p. and continue through the two As in the second row (b–c). Attach a stop bead. 124) on 2 yd. a 3mm. 78) the rest of the beads. Repeat steps 1–3 to make another branched fringe. p. Repeat to make a total of five fringes coming out of side two. a 3mm.  Pick up a 3mm. (1.  Repeat steps 5–7 of side one.  Remove the stop bead from side one. and a B. and sew through the last two As picked up in step 5 (c–d). and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful fringed lariat or a classic V-shaped necklace. and make a fifth branch. upper  Center a stop bead (Basics. Add thread (Basics) as needed. varying the length and bead counts as desired. Branched fringe (blue lariat. skip the last two.The unusual stitching pattern of the Russian St. p. and do not trim the tail.  Repeat step 2 eight times (d–e) or as needed to make the desired number of branches. The last four beads form a square. Repeat along the rest of side one. but instead of picking up a 3mm in step 7. and sew through the middle two As in the same direction (c–d). a–b). a B.  Sew through the first 3mm of side one.  Pick up a 3mm firepolished bead. a 16mm oval bead. skip the last B. p. Sew through the next A toward the center row of fire-polished beads. and repeat steps 1–4 to make two more branches. and sew through an adjacent A at the end of the lariat. Petersburg chain makes this project a delightful break from routine.  Repeat steps 5–7 until 76 Bead&Button | the strip is the desired length. and sew back through three As in a row (b–c). a–b). a–b). Vary the bead counts and colors as desired. a B. a–b).
Side two. and sew through the first two 110s just added (figure 8. sew through the last four 110s picked up in this step (c–d).8m) of beading thread (figure 6. a 3mm fire-polished bead. sew through the first two 110s picked up in the previous step. and sew back through three 110s in a row (b–c).  Pick up two 110s. lower  Thread a needle on 2 yd.  Pick up a 3mm. and continue through the last two 110s added (c–d). lower. (20cm) tail. and attach a stop bead. Pick up two 110s.” Pendant  Remove the stop bead from one of the tails at the lower front. Repeat steps 4–10 on the other side. Add thread (Basics) as needed.  Pick up an 110. Side one. going through the next 3mm on each stitch. upper Remove the stop bead from the beginning tail.f a e a b e c d figure 6 b d d b a d a c d c c a b figure 5 figure 7 figure 8 figure 9 c e b (1. Set this thread aside.  Repeat steps 3–5 for the length of the first side.  Pick up six 110s. and sew through three 110s (b–c).  Pick up a 3mm.com April 2007 77 . and sew back through the middle two 110s in the same direction (figure 9. and skipping the 3mm. skip the last two 110s.  Pick up four 110s. a–b).  Pick up four 110 seed beads.  Repeat steps 7–9 until you have 50 3mms on the first side (excluding the center 3mm picked up in step 2) or the first side is the desired length.  Pick up two 110s. (1. a–b). Side two. and continue through the two 110s just added (d–e).  Pick up four 110s. a–b).8m) of thread. and leaving an 8-in.  Pick up an 110. End with step 4.  Sew through the first 3mm on the first side of the upper portion of the necklace. pick up a stop bead. and sew through the third and fourth 110s added in step 7 (c–d). Continuing in the same direction. and sew through the two 110s added in step 4 (c–d). a–b).  Pick up two 110s. and sew through the two 110s added in the previous step (figure 7. and two 110s (b–c). and attach a stop bead. lower Repeat steps 1–7 of “Side one.  Pick up an 110. and sew through the first two just added (d–e). Sew through the | beadandbutton. and sew back through three 110s in a row (b–c).
(6mm) of French (bullion) wire and the appropriate loop of half of the clasp (photo a). by M. and sew back through the last two 110s added (c–d). (51cm) • art-glass pendant. Retrace the thread path a few times. and retrace the thread path. Make a half-hitch knot (Basics).nifty . and trim. Anifrieva. and trim. (1. approximately ¾ in. #12 c e b d a a lariat 45 in. Skip the 110. and sew into the beadwork (d–e). To wear this lariat long. and an 110.  Pick up three 110s.MatEriaLS both projects • Nymo D.  Pick up ¼ in. the pendant.1m) • 10 16 x 6mm Czech pressed-glass oval beads (optional) • 300 3mm fire-polished beads • size 110 seed beads 30g color A 5g color B (optional) necklace 20 in. and sew through the second and first 110 on the opposite lower side.com/Hachimitsu8. If your clasp loops will accommodate 110s.  Remove the stop bead from one of the tails at the EditOr’S NOtE: If the pendant you’re using has a very large hole. wrap it around your neck. To wear it short. visit her Web site.  Pick up two 110s.com . fold it in half. or K. Sew into the beadwork (photo b). and pass the ends through the fold.  Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other three tails. To see more of Hatsumi’s work. Hatsumi Oshitani gratefully learned this stitch from Beadweaving. I.9cm) • 101 3mm fire-polished beads • 20g size 110 seed beads • 2-strand clasp • French (bullion) wire (optional) b figure 10 first 3mm (figure 10. pick up a 4–5mm bead before and after it to keep it in place. Clasp other end. as shown here. homepage3. and trim. (1. secure the tail. retrace the path through the pendant. you may substitute six 110s for the French (bullion) wire if desired.O.  Repeat steps 1–3 with the other tail. beading thread • beading needles.  Pick up an 110. sew back through the pendant and three 110s. a–b). simply wrap it around your neck and tie it. and thread a needle on the tail. Secure the tail. 78 Bead&Button | beadandbutton. secure the tail. and continue through the two 110s just added (b–c).
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