Lariats You Will Love and a Free Project

May 28, 2010


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.

Download free project Knotted Treasures

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!

Happy beading!

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Eye of the Peacock Lariat

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A lariat that is inspired by the majestic feather of the peacock.


Berry Lariat

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Modified chevron-weave necklace.


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ladygypsy wrote
on May 28, 2010 6:37 PM

Thanks and best wishes to you, Leslie!

MaxsMum wrote
on May 30, 2010 6:40 PM

Many thanks for so much of your time and knowledge! Will miss you!

on May 31, 2010 3:34 PM

I really enjoyed reading your tips each week.  Take a break and do your beading then show us your new creations!  

on Jun 1, 2010 8:59 AM

Great article. Really thank you! Cool – UK Internet Marketer & Web Developer

Linda Behr wrote
on Jun 18, 2010 1:01 PM

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!