Bead Necklace Patterns for Necklace Making: 7 Free Beaded Necklace Designs

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Necklace making is one of the oldest forms of self-adornment known to human beings. Can you just imagine the first necklaces made by human hands of simple shells with a piece of sinew that was used to make a necklace? Maybe that’s why beaded necklaces are some of the most popular types of beaded jewelry out there. Beaded necklaces can be as simple as stringing a beautiful beaded pendant on a piece of silk or a beaded rope; they can be as hugely intricate as a bead embroidered collar that takes weeks or months to complete; or, they can fall somewhere in between with a careful combination of technique, design, and your favorite beads to create wearable works of art. How many times have you greeted another beader with the standard, “Hi, how are you, did you make your necklace?”


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You could spend an entire lifetime exploring the many possibilities and variations of design for making beaded necklaces, but just to get you started, we gathered seven of our favorite beaded necklace patterns to share with you. Each of these seven necklace making projects showcases a different beading technique, including favorites like twisted herringbone stitch, bead stringing, right-angle weave, peyote stitch, bead embroidery, and even mixed media jewelry making. Are you ready to explore all the ways to make a beaded necklace? Our free tutorial is a great way to get started.

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After working on Mastering Beadwork and Getting Started with Seed Beads, designer Anne Merrow was inspired to try a spiraling herringbone stitch. This handmade Red Currant Lariat includes a unique design element, a curlicue tail that not only holds the beaded necklace in place, but also gives it a vine-like feel. Beautiful glass beads hang from each end, utilizing simple wireworking skills to create the bunches. Along with detailed instructions, many of the steps include 2D and 3D images to help guide you through the stitch design. Download this pattern to learn how to make beaded necklaces using a variety of techniques and skills!

  Sylvia’s Wedding Necklace by Maggie Meister is a classic combination of freshwater pearls, gemstones, peyote stitch bezels, and an easy herringbone stitch rope. Learn how to combine these essential elements into one spectacularly understated beaded necklace!
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If you’re looking for more great embellishment techniques for your beaded necklace projects, Jill Devon’s Greensleeves Collar will not only sharpen your skills at stitching in right-angle weave, you’ll begin to learn about all the options available for embellishing this popular off-loom beading stitch.


Jean Campbell’s Eastern Ombre Choker is a beautiful way to learn about mixed media jewelry and making beaded necklaces. A simple square-stitched base is riddled with beautiful surface embellishments and edgings, while the altered dominoes provide a medium for creating structure with a ladder-stitched frame.

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Like a light snack on a summer day, this scrumptious necklace, Fried Green Tomatoes by Melinda Barta, will fulfill your beading hunger. This handmade beaded necklace is created using two wires, sometimes adding elements separately, sometimes adding an element to both. The fresh looking seed beads and glass rounds are the perfect accent for painted wood tubes and a vibrant pendant. Although the necklace design may look complicated, there are only five steps to follow from start to finish.


Give simply strung pearls a lush look by weaving in a second strand, creating a gently meandering trail of glistening seed beads in this design. Add silver accents of dragonflies, a hedgehog, and a floral toggle for a completely enchanting necklace design. Dragonfly's Garden by Julia Watt is one of the best beading patterns for experimenting with a variety of techniques and learning how they come together for a unique look. Check out these instructions for a quick tutorial on wireworking, stringing, crimping, and fringe before beginning this piece.

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Bead embroidery is a favorite technique of many beaders for designing and making beaded necklaces, and Marcie Abney’s Chelsea’s Gift Necklace takes basic bead embroidery and makes it anything but! Once you learn how to make this easy-to-stitch bead embroidery pendant, you’ll be able to showcase any flat-backed bead or cabochon in your beaded necklace projects!    

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Are you looking for something pretty to add that finishing touch to your outfit? Start with the whimsical Dragonfly's Garden necklace design, or the super sparkly Shining Example beaded necklace. If you're looking for the perfect gift, who wouldn't love the claspless Big Island Necklace (psst . . . they don't need to know that this handmade beaded necklace is easy and inexpensive to make)! If you've always wondered about chain maille, the jaw dropping Parallel Chain Neckdrape is sure to catch your eye and the attention of everyone who sees it. Next, in our necklace patterns lineup, is the simple and sweet Heart of Glass Necklace—the unique lampworked donut, silver chain, and sparkling crystals makes this necklace design a must-have for your collection.

The fun and summery Fried Green Tomatoes beaded necklace combines fresh seed beads with painted wooden beads for a scrumptious necklace design. The final of the seven beaded necklace patterns is the Red Currant Lariat. This uniquely designed beaded necklace includes a tubular herringbone stitched rope with a built in curlicue tail to give it a vine-like feel.

In addition to these seven creative necklace designs, you'll get instructions on how to make beaded necklaces, plus a dedicated page to must-know jewelry making techniques. Ready to get started? Download all seven patterns and begin your journey to beautiful pieces of jewelry!

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