Lariats You Will Love and a Free Project


Simple and sensational lariats–
What’s not to love about lariat designs? They can be tied or looped to suit whatever length you need. Many designs are fast and easy to make: Dangle a pair of big baubles at the ends of a cool chain. Tie clusters of crystals on the ends of a length of hand-dyed silk cord. Or, invest more time in seed-beaded lariats and find the results worthwhile: Stitch or crochet a beaded rope, and the sky’s the limit as to what the end embellishment can be.


Endless ideas for lariat ends
I love using my experimental pieces or swatches of beadwork as beaded beads on the ends of lariats. That’s how I finished this chain lariat: I threaded a wire with a hammered spiral at one end through each spiral peyote bead; the spiral is large enough to act as a stopper to keep the bead from sliding off the wire end. They’re attached to a chain with wire-wrapped loops. The rest of the necklace has sections of linked resin beads to match.

Spiral Peyote and Chain Lariat by Leslie Rogalski    How long should your lariat be?
Make lariats long enough to have versatility, similar to a scarf you’d wrap around your neck or tie around your waist. Where do you want the ends to fall? How tightly will this fit around your neck? Three and one-half feet is a good length to do a simple half-hitch loop with the ends. If you plan to double the lariat and pull the ends through the loop, allow at least 4’ so the ends hang down long enough and you aren’t left with a choker!

Black Saucer Bead lariat by Leslie Rogalski


Four lariats to inspire you–
From simple dangles to seed-bead sizzlers, these lariats should rope you in to make your own!

  Eye of the Peacock by Kerrie Slade
Crystal cosmic rings and lapis lazuli beads are paired to form the eye of this beautiful beaded peacock “feather.” Add a spiral herringbone rope, and the resulting lariat is art-nouveau gorgeous.
  Berry Lariat by Dottie Hoeschen
Rose-color beads drape in a lovely ribbon created with a variation of a chevron weave. Picking up gold edge beads adds a little sparkle and richness.
  Magatama Mambo by Judy Donovan and Leslie Pope
If you’re comfortable with bead crochet, you’ll enjoy taking your skills to the next level by creating this bead-crochet lariat with a mixture of seed beads and magatamas (large glass-drop beads). Fringe is used to finish the ends of the necklace.
  Mango Tango by Fran Cey and Judy Solomon
Judy and Fran were inspired by one of their hand-dyed silk colors, Mango Blend, in creating this lariat. Using sterling beads, sterling chain, and semiprecious stones left over from other projects, they designed a beautiful and easy-to-make piece of textured wearable art.
Lisa Kan’s Knotted Treasures lariat is meant to be worn wrapped twice around the neck with a tiered effect; the double strands create a more substantial lariat with added texture. This is a great design for using leftover beads in a complementary palette.

Lariats all have happy endings
One thing all lariats have in common is their simple formula of a cord culminating in artistic endings. For great ideas on interesting cords to connect your lariat ends, check out Jean Campbell’s book 32 Beaded Cords, Chains, Straps & Fringe.

Lasso your lariat tips and share them with us on Beading Daily!

Speaking of happy endings . . .
This is my final post as editor of Beading Daily. I am eager to spend more time in my studio creating my own designs, though I will continue to maintain strong ties to Interweave, especially at the many Bead Fest shows. Thank you to everyone, with a special shout out to my forum Mods, who helped make Beading Daily what it has been and will continue to be. And I’m not really  leaving–I’ll still be on the forums as an active member, and may even be a guest editor now and then. After all, now more than ever I will be beading daily!

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About Leslie

Leslie Rogalski, born and bred in Philadelphia, holds a degree in illustration and design from the University of the Arts, and has been “making stuff” since childhood. She was editor in chief of Step by Step Beads before becoming editor of Beading Daily in 2009, and is currently busy making her own designs, teaching, making videos, and writing. She's contributed original designs to Step by Step Beads, Beadwork, Creative Jewelry, and many Interweave books including 101 Wire Earrings and Chain Style. A teacher at many Bead Fest shows, she's a featured presenter on the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Her lessons, called DoodleBeads©, were first created as videos for Beading Daily, and are a method of drawing thread paths that makes learning beadstitching easy. DoodleBeads is available on DVD. Leslie is known for playing with different materials, though seed beads remain top of her list. Prior to all this Leslie was a freelance writer, illustrator, and sold her original art clothing at national craft shows. She loves all things beady, making iMovies, tap dancing, her wonderful husband, illustrator, book designer, and owner of Eyewash Design, Mike Rogalski, and especiallybeing a stage mother to her Broadway-bound daughter.

5 thoughts on “Lariats You Will Love and a Free Project

  1. I am a visual person and watching you draw out a design and then do it has been so helpful to me. I bought your first video on the different beading techniques and plan to review it over and over.
    Thank you!