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Elizabeth

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

As I was making this, I was thinking about the paintings of Queen Elizabeth - with her massive brocaded dresses and ropes of pearls. These combined in my mind into the rich colours of carnelian and turquoise - with the ivory pearls as accents.

I ran out of supplies several times while making this and before I got to the length I wanted. I got tired of going back for more supplies - much as I love shopping for beads! - so for the final couple of pattern-repeats, I substituted antiqued copper daisy spacers for bead caps. This makes a difference in length, as the daisy spacers take up less room. Both look fine - see pictures below, although I really do prefer the look of the bead caps.

Total length of the version I made is 41 inches, 104 cm. You can wear it long, or shorter using a pearl shortener.

This has a total of 15 pattern repeats. Each repeat is 7 cm with daisy spacers, or 8 cm with the bead caps. Each repeat has 1 ivory pearl, 4 turq pearls, 1 jade pearl, 4 carnelian rondelles, and 10 spacers or bead caps.

To join the ends of the beading cable - I used a crimp, threading each end on from it's opposite direction, then crimping the crimp, and finally, hiding it with a crimp cover.

The pattern for this is:

          
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