How to Make A Simple Beaded Necklace
Browsing through a neighborhood thrift store a few days ago, I found an old chair cushion made out of small wooden beads. I think these were pretty popular in the 70s or 80s.
Since it only cost around 3 dollars, I took it home and decided that I’d use the wooden beads to make necklaces. I didn’t realize how many beads were on the chair, but once I was finished cutting it apart, I was left with alot of beads.
If you don’t have an old 70’s beaded chair cushion lying around, you can find similar beads at most craft stores. To make a simple crocheted beaded necklace, you will need beads that have holes large enough for a crochet needle to go through (there are ways to crochet with small beads, but it takes a bit more time).
For my necklace, I used a US G6/ Size 4.00 mm hook and three spools of different colored mercerized cotton yarn (1-ply).You will also need a large-eye embroidery needle for later (not shown).
- First, make a slip stitch (for help with this, and on making a chain stitch, check out this post).
- Then grab a bead and insert your hook through it. Bring your yarn over the hook.
- Pull your yarn through the bead, then through the loop on the hook.
- Bring your yarn over again (this time it should be on the outside of your bead).
- Pull through the loop on the hook.
- Chain 6, or however many you’d like.
- Repeat Steps 2 – 7 until you reach your desired length.
- Make your final chain 6, then cut your yarn, leaving about 1 foot left. Pull your yarn all the way the your loop, then pull to tighten.
- Tie a few knots with your end and beginning remnants of yarn.
- Pull all remaining yarn pieces through your embroidery needle and pull through the last bead you added to your necklace.
- With your embroidery needle, pull your yarn through the side of the last bead (under your stitch), leaving a loop.
- Then pull through the newly formed loop and tighten.
- Insert your needle back through the wooden bead, and cut off the remaining yarn near the bead.
And you know have your very own super-cute beaded necklace! These will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe in the upcoming summer months, which needs to come very soon as I’m pretty much over freezing temperatures at this point :)