May 15, 2008

Spiral Rope Beaded Necklace

I have made quite a few of these necklaces in the past few years. Some I keep, and some I give away as presents! I sent this recent one to a sweet lady on a Delphi forum that I regularly visit. We had a “mosty posty” contest in April to see who could chat the most. I offered to do the prize and this necklace was result.

I stitched the necklace with the spiral rope chain pattern, using delica beads for the core and 11/0 seed beads for the outer spiral. I completed it in a 24-inch length and a continuous style. So it can be conveniently popped right over your head without any fumbling with a clasp.

I love how the colors turned out, and it will be the perfect complement to a dressy or casual jeans outfit.

spiral rope beaded necklace
close-up of the beaded necklace


  1. This is really pretty!! I don't know how you have the patience to do this kind of work!! Beautiful!hughugs

  2. Thank you! Oh yes, I have done quite a bit of beading, since it is just an extension of embroidery! My days may be numbered on doing seed bead projects, though, because my eyesight is getting worse, LOL.

  3. This is an amazing necklace! I am impressed with the detail you put into it.
    Great picture. xoxo Nita

  4. Thank you, Nita! It is an easy beaded stitching project to do, just time consuming!

  5. Beautiful! I would like to make a continuous rope spiral, but simply don't know how to join the ends and have the rope pattern continue.
    I checked out the link to the pattern, spiral rope chain pattern, but it has a clasp on the end.
    I know it is a lot to ask, but ......
    Is it possible for you to explain how to join the 2 ends?
    Much appreciated :)

    1. Make sure that it is long enough so that it will go over your head once it is sewn into a continuous loop. My necklaces are 24" long before joining. Line up the ends carefully, making sure that the beaded rope is not twisted. Instead of adding a new core bead, go through the first core bead at the very beginning of the rope. (Of course, take off any stopper bead first, LOL.) Add the outside spiral beads to fill in, going through existing core beads instead of adding new core beads. Finish off your thread ends, weaving through the core beads and knotting several times before clipping the thread ends. I add a tiny drop of clear nail polish (with a toothpick) on the knots for extra security.

      I hope this helps! Enjoy!

  6. Well! I never saw this; perhaps we hadn't become friends yet.
    I love your beading; so pretty!


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