Saturday, 20 October 2012

Sweet Garden Bead and Daisy Chain Necklace - Free Beading Pattern

I think lampwork garden beads are neat...they're sort of like little worlds all contained in one bead. The best bit, is that each one is different...Each one has it's own little style, colour and garden. Here are some my friend Tom made.

Most of Tom's amazing lampwork beads have sold. But I still have some of his beads in my Etsy Shop at Peachy Lane. Tom has retired from lampwork making to focus on his music career, so all the items in my shop are the very last of his work.

These garden beads have so much character that they look just fine attached to a simple chain or silk cord. But if you're keen to make something more elaborate, here is a daisy chain necklace pattern that matches sweetly with these garden beads. Remember, you can use any colour scheme you like. I chose my colours to suit my garden bead but you may like to vary the colours of the seed beads to suit your own garden bead. You may also like to adjust the sizes of the beads for a larger necklace or maybe, you'd like to add several more strands of the daisy chain. (If so, remember to replace the size 8 beads with larger beads so there is enough room for several thread strands to pass through.) I hope you enjoy this pattern.

One Artisan lampwork garden bead
Approx. 3 grams Size 11 seed beads colour of main necklace A (blue)
Approx 1 gram of Size 11 seed beads second colour for picot leaves B (red)
Approx 1 gram of Size 11 seed beads third colour for flower petals C (yellow)
Small amount of Size 11 seed beads fourth colour for flower centre D (orange)
Small amount of Size 8 seed beads matching main colour E (dark blue) 
One small blue lampwork bead as clasp
One headpin
Two small silver balls
One silver jump ring
Round Nose Pliers

This is a very easy stitch, and will only take a couple hours to complete. I have made the piece with size 11 beads, as I was aiming for a daintier, subtle look. But you may use larger beads for a more striking finish.
This is a basic chart of a section of the necklace.


First Side of the Necklace

Step One
Condition thread with beeswax. Thread on a stop bead leaving about 20cm (8inch) tail.
Step Two
Thread on one E (size 8 dark blue) bead, fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads, and again one E (size 8 dark blue) bead.

Step Three - Make a 5 bead Picot.
Now, thread on three A (size 11 blue) beads, and five B (size 11 red) beads. Next, pass your needle through the last A (blue) bead you just strung on, passing the needle through the same end of the bead from which the thread is tailing from. Pick up another two A (size11) bead.

Step Four – Make a daisy flower
Add four C (size 11yellow) beads for flower petals, one D (size 11 orange) bead for flower centre, now again thread through the very first C (yellow) bead you added in this step, passing the needle through the same end of the bead from which the thread is trailing from.

To complete your daisy flower:
Add two more C (size 11 yellow) beads, and pass through the fourth C (yellow) bead you added in the beginning of step four.

Step Five

Add another picot - see step three
Add another daisy - see step four
Another picot - see step three
Another daisy - see step four
Add three A (size 11 blue) beads.

Step Six
Repeat Step two through to Step five two times – you will have three sets of three daisies on each side of your necklace (that's nine daisies altogether). Remember this is just a guide so you can add more length if you would like a longer necklace.

Centre of the Necklace

Step Seven - The centre of your necklace will have three sections of fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads separated by the larger E (size 8 dark blue) beads. Your garden bead (which you will attach at the end) will hang from the middle section.
Thread on one E (size 8 dark blue) bead, fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads, and again one E (size 8 dark blue) bead. Repeat three times.

Second Side of Necklace

Step Eight – To complete the other side of your necklace you will simply follow the same pattern as the beginning, but you will need to reverse the sequence of steps slightly so that the daisy chains appear in the same positioning. So this time you will:
Add three A (size 11 blue) beads.
Make your daisy flower - step four
Make a five bead picot step three
Another daisy flower - step four
Another picot - step three
Another flower - step four
Another picot - step three
Now Thread on one E (size 8 dark blue) bead, fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads, and again one E (size 8 dark blue) bead.
(Repeat all of step eight two times).

To make clasp

Step Nine
Add 9 A (size 11 blue) beads, one lampwork bead, and three more A beads (size 11 dark blue) beads.
Pass back through the first bead you added after the lampwork, through the lampwork bead, and continuing through the A bead you added just before the lampwork bead. Now add three A (size 11 blue) beads and skip three beads, and pass through the fifth A bead you added at the very beginning of this step. Add three more A (size 11 blue) beads and pass through the very first A bead you added at the very beginning of this step. You can see the Bubble and Squeak Bracelet Tutorial for a diagram of how to make this clasp.

Make a second strand of daisy chain.

Step Ten
To make your second strand of daisy chain simply follow the directions all over again, from step two through to step nine, but instead of adding the E (size 8 dark blue) beads pass through the existing E bead already added on in the first strand. See the diagram for guidance.

Make a loop

Step Eleven
Remove your stop bead and thread approximately twenty A (size 11 blue) beads to form a round loop. Ensure it fits over the lampwork bead clasp.

Attach your garden bead

Step Twelve
Add one silver ball, your garden bead, and another silver ball to a headpin. Curl end and attach to an open jump ring. Attach the jumpring to the centre of the necklace.
And that's it, a beautiful garden bead necklace.

And for something a bit different here is a garden bead lariat that has with a very similiar stitch, only this one has picots only and no daisies. It also has several more strands.

1 comment:

  1. Here is a comment I received from a reader and I added it here in case others have the same issue:

    Hi Jessica,i found your lovely pattern on your blog where the pixies roam and I would like to ask you a question about it please.

    I am working on it just now and i am at the first side of the necklace and at the part where the lampwork bead id added on for the clasp. My question is did you do your necklace and continued after the clasp with the same length of thread for the second strand of daisy chain working all along to get to the loop with it,or did you use two lengths of thread,I know that it would be a long piece of thread if that was the case,. What confused me a little is when it said when you do the second part to continue from row two to row nine,but the loop part would be not the same amount of beads as the row nine in the first side,that was for the ball closure.. I find the necklace very lovely and i thank you for your lovely patttern;
    hope to hear from you to read how you done yours;

    Kindest regards


    Hi Patricia,

    Okay, in regard to your first question. I basically used as long as thread as possible to work with and then just added new thread when necessary. Sorry I don't have a tutorial on how to add new thread but there are plenty available on the internet. In quick summary, I add new thread by weaving it in up further along my work and tying knots between the beads...I keep weaving it through this way until it is in line with where I left off.

    In regard to your other question I realise it is an error on my part. When you work the second strand of daisy chain you don't repeat step 9...which is the step for the clasp. You just work your thread in at this point and fasten off. If you would like to work a third strand then you can weave your thread through the clasp section and back around to begin a third strand. It all sounds a bit confusing writing it down like this but really it is very simple. I hope I have helped you anyway.

    Thanks for your feedback