Create a Seed Bead Necklace with an Interchangeable Pendant

Aug 21, 2009

Prest-o, Change-o

I may own the last reversible skirt in America.  You don't see them much in catalogs or on store racks, so when I saw one a few years ago, I snatched it up.  To be honest, I've only worn it with the patterned side showing, but I love the idea that I could wear the plain blue side showing if the mood ever struck.  I especially enjoy packing that skirt for trips.  It lets me pretend that I'm one of those über clever folks who know how to make 27 outfits out of 3 items of clothing and a scarf.

Knowing how much I love my reversible skirt, it should be no surprise I love necklaces with interchangeable pendants.  I own several plain cords in different colors and lengths.  While they certainly work, lately I've been thinking about creating some beadwoven cords for variety.  Here are a few seed bead straps from past issues of Beadwork that caught my eye:

•  Iridescent Braids by Jennifer VanBenschoten braids 3 strips of herringbone together.

Verdant Spirals by Catherine Sathre-Vogel features a double spiral stitch.

Polygon Plaid Necklace by Judith Wood shows a boxy version of African Helix.

• Chinese Coin Lariat by Ruth Ann Grim uses right-angle weave.

So many possibilities!  For my latest Beadwork challenge project (coming in December 2009/January 2010) I ended up creating a herringbone necklace with two different sizes of seed beads.  I strung a removable Lucite flower pendant on the necklace.  I like the pendant, but I love the herringbone strap.  Now I can design pendants to my heart's content!

This week's free project, Katie Hacker's Glitter Chic Choker, features a strap made with a modified daisy chain and two pendant combinations.  Daisy chain can sometimes look too juvenile, so I was delighted by Katie's sophisticated version with a combination of gray, brown, and black seed beads and a crystal star toggle clasp.

New Free Project
Glitter Chic Choker
Katie Hacker

Create a variety of dramatic, glittery focal points using a combination of striking beads, pendants, and interchangeable stick bails.  A subtly sparkly, modified daisy-chain strap works up in an evening and provides and all-purpose background for all the pendants you can dream up.  This project is a companion to Katie's Beading Secrets in the October/November 2009 issue.  In every issue, Katie shares her latest finds and design tips.  This issue features a variety of bails.  Past topics have included unique ideas for using donuts, cones, links, and charm holders. Subscribe to Beadwork today so you don't miss out!

Featured Products

Polygon Plaid Necklace

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Price: $4.00


Try this boxy version of the African helix.


Iridescent Braids

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Price: $4.00


A necklace and bracelet of braided tubular herringbone-stitched ropes


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Julie@237 wrote
on Aug 21, 2009 1:57 PM
I Love Beading Daily.I Have Learned So Much.I Want To Thank Everyone At Beading Daily For The Wonderful Projects. Thank You....Julie
BlandinaK wrote
on Aug 21, 2009 10:16 PM
If Verdant Spirals was available on line in 2007 why is not available now? Cynthia
SRiaPeterson wrote
on Aug 23, 2009 8:03 PM
Michelle: I love reversable skirts! They are great for the week-end trip when you don't want to pack a lot of stuff. Go to and check out their Reversable Collection. I bet you find one there to add to your wardrobe.