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How to Make a Daisy Necklace

Daisy pattern

This technique creates a solid chain of daisies without stems. It makes a somewhat more substantial piece of jewelry than the simple daisy chain. Of course, it also requires a bit more work.

To complete this project you will need:
  1. Two colors of size eleven seed beads (red and yellow in this example)
  2. Nylon thread
  3. Size twelve needle
  4. Clasp
  5. Wax

daisy beginning graph
First Step
Start with as long a piece of doubled thread as you can handle. Wax it after you thread your needle because you want the two sides to stick together. You may either add the clasp now, or leave a long enough tail to add it later.
Pick up six red beads and tie them in a loop. Pick up one yellow bead and go through the upper right hand bead on the other side of the loop. Pick up two yellow beads and go up through the two red beads on the right hand side of your first flower and back down through the two yellow beads you just added.

Yellow beadsNext Step
Pick up four more yellow beads and go down though the top bead of the two yellow beads added previously forming a loop.
Pick up one red bead and pass your needle through the top of the second of the two yellow beads on the right hand side of the loop.

Last StepFinal Steps
As you can see, both the yellow and the red daisies are created in essentially the same way except for the position of your thread at the start and the bead you go through when adding the center bead. These positions alternate each time. When adding the center bead, always go through the bead diagonal to the bead you are coming out of. This is actually very intuitive when you've got the beads in your hands. Trust me! Just continue this pattern until you reach the length you want and add your clasp. I like to use a small loop of beads through the hole in the clasp rather than just tying it on. Loop back through a couple of daisies to hide the end and provide extra security.

Good luck, and happy beading!

(Instructions are borrowed for educational web class project linked to a newsletter called Etcetra and they did a print of Emily Hackbarth's instructions.)

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