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BEAD WEAVING

These beaded bead caps


work well on coin-shaped,
round, and oval beads.

BEAD
CAPS
A variety of stitches equals
multiple design options
designed by Amy Johnson

Combine ladder stitch, herringbone, and fringe to dress up


any large art-glass, stone, or crystal bead. Mix and match
the various techniques to achieve a different look for each
pair you make.

stepbystep
Base
[1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, stitch
a six-bead ladder (Online Basics) using
110 cylinder beads and leaving a 12-in.
(30 cm) tail. Form the ladder into a ring
(Online Basics) to create round 1.
[2] Work in herringbone stitch (Online
Basics) as follows:
Round 2: Pick up two cylinders, and
sew down through the next cylinder in
the ring and up through the following
cylinder. Repeat twice, and step up
through the first cylinder in the new
round (figure 1).

Round 3: Work an increase herringbone

round: Pick up two cylinders, and sew


down through the next cylinder in the
previous round. Pick up a cylinder, and
sew up through the next cylinder in the
previous round. Repeat twice, and step
up through the first cylinder in the new
round (figure 2).
Round 4: Work an increase herringbone
round: Pick up two cylinders, and sew
down through the next cylinder in the
previous round. Pick up two 150 seed
beads, and sew up through the next
cylinder in the previous round. Repeat
twice, and step up through the first
cylinder in the new round (figure 3).

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FIGURE 1

FIGURE 2

FIGURE 3

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Amy Johnson

FIGURE 4

FIGURE 5

and Rita Stucke


teamed up in
2009 for the first
ISGB Convergence
competition. Amy
designed the bead
caps around Ritas
lampworked beads
(below). To view
more of Amys work,
visit amyjohnsondesigns.com, or
contact her via e-mail at amy@
amyjohnsondesigns.com. Contact
Rita at rita1210@comcast.net.

c
a
b
d

FIGURE 6

Round 5: Pick up two cylinders, and


sew down through the next cylinder
in the previous round and up through
the next 150. Pick up two 150s, and
sew down through the next 150 in the
previous round and up through the
next cylinder. Repeat twice, and step
up through the first cylinder in the
new round (figure 4).

Bottom fringe
[1] To make a cylinder fringe, pick up
two cylinders, sew through the next
cylinder and the cylinder your thread
exited at the start of this step, and sew
through the first cylinder just added.
Repeat once (figure 5).
[2] Add a crystal embellishment to
the end of the cylinder fringe: Pick
up two 150s, a color A 4 mm bicone

crystal, and a 150. Skip the last 150,


and sew back through the A and one
150. Pick up a 150, and sew through
the next four cylinders in the fringe.
Sew through the next 150 in the same
round (figure 6, ab).
[3] To make a 150 fringe: Pick up two
150s, and sew through the next 150, the
150 your thread exited at the start of
this step, and the first 150 just added.
Repeat twice (bc).
[4] Add a crystal embellishment at the
end of the 150 fringe: Pick up two 150s,
a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, and a
150. Skip the last 150, and sew back
through the B and one 150. Pick up a
150, and sew through the next four 150s
in the fringe. Sew through two cylinders
in the next column (cd).
[5] Repeat steps 14 twice.
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materials

c
a

a c

b d

FIGURE 7

Top fringe
The top round of fringe is worked in
the same manner as the bottom fringe,
off the pairs of cylinders and 150s
established in the bottom fringe.
[1] Pick up two 150s, sew through the
next cylinder in the previous round and
the cylinder your thread exited at the
start of this step, and sew through the
first 150 just added. Repeat once, but
sew through the 150s just added instead
of the cylinders (figure 7, ab).
[2] Pick up two 150s, a 4 mm pearl, and
a 150. Skip the last 150, and sew back
through the pearl and one 150. Pick up
a 150, and sew through the next two
150s and a cylinder in the next column.
Sew through the next 150 in the same
round (bc).
[3] Repeat steps 1 and 2, but in step 2,
sew through three 150s instead of two
150s and a cylinder, and sew through
the next cylinder in the same round
instead of a 150.
[4] Repeat steps 13 until you have six
top fringes. End the working thread
(Online Basics).

Edge trim
[1] Thread a needle on the tail, and

pair of earrings
2 34-in. (1.9 cm) stone, crystal, or
art-glass beads
2 8 mm rondelles
2 6 mm bicone crystals
4 mm bicone crystals
8 color A
6 color B
12 4 mm crystal pearls
12 g 110 Japanese cylinder beads
2 g 150 seed beads
2 2-in. (5 cm) 22-gauge head pins
pair of earring findings
Fireline 6 lb. test
beading needles, #12 or #13
chainnose pliers
roundnose pliers
wire cutters

FIGURE 8

pointing away from the fringe (figure 8,


point a). The edge trim will be added to
the top and bottom of each cylinder in
the original ladder.
[2] Pick up seven 150s, and sew back
through the cylinder your thread exited
at the start of this step (ab). Pick up
five 150s, and sew back through the
same base cylinder (bc). Sew through
the next base cylinder (cd). Pick up five
150s, and sew back through the cylinder
your thread just exited (de). Pick up
seven 150s, and sew back through the
last cylinder your thread exited and the
next cylinder in round 1 (ef).
[3] Repeat step 2 until you have
completed 12 loops off of round 1.
End the tail.

Assembly
[1] On a head pin, string an A and
an 8 mm rondelle; a 34-in. (1.9 cm)
stone, crystal, or art-glass bead; and
the beaded bead cap and a 6 mm
bicone crystal.
[2] Make a plain loop (Online Basics)
above the 6 mm.
[3] Open the loop (Online Basics),
and attach an earring finding.
[4] Make a second earring. w

DESIGNERS NOTE:
For earrings with a little more
sparkle (above), in step 2 of
Edge trim, instead of picking
up seven 150s, pick up a 150,
a 3 mm pearl, a 3 mm Czech
glass bead, and a 150. Skip the
last 150, and sew back through
the rest of the beads. Then,
instead of picking up five 150s,
pick up a 150, a 4 mm crystal,
and a 150. Skip the last 150,
and sew back through the
4 mm and the 150.

make sure the thread is exiting round 1


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