Metallic ribbon and silvery bugle beads echo pearls' luster with a subtle sheen. If a few bugle beads come loose from the ties, don't fret -- they can be replaced easily.
Tools and Materials
- Magna-Tac glue
- Two 12-inch pieces of linen twill tape, toptrimming.com
- Assorted pearl, cube, and bugle beads
- 36-inch piece of metallic ribbon, in Silver, by Shindo; 212-868-9311
- Beading needle and polyester thread
- Rectangular sequins
Shimmery Lariat Necklace How-To
1. Generously apply glue to one side of the end of one of the twill tapes, and begin to press bugle beads into rows on the glue. Continue working until about 6 inches of the twill tape are covered in bugle beads. Repeat on the other twill tape. Let dry.
2. Attach a length of twill tape about 4 inches up from each end of the ribbon by knotting it to the ribbon.
3. Glue 2 pearls at each knot, 1 on each side. Using thread and a beading needle, stitch pearls in place. Then create a cluster to cover each knot with a mix of about a dozen additional pearls and beads. Working between the knots at about 4-inch intervals along the metallic ribbon, glue pairs of pearls to either side, and add 5 or 6 additional beads and sequins at each pearl point to make smaller clusters.