This is my adaptation of a design by Sonoko Nozue. The original is the “Sweet Breeze” shawl in her book, Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue. I made a piece following her instructions, and it was beautiful. I wanted attempt something similar, but a bit simpler, and with a beaded clasp. Netting and Fringe Beaded Lariat is the result, and I love wearing it! It’s a great vanity piece – I know because I get compliments every time I wear it.
Decreasing the rows of netting from the 14 in Sonoko’s original design to five created the look I wanted in this piece. I added a peyote tube toggle clasp. I worried about the piece sliding off unnoticed, and I didn’t want to lose it!
The netting is size 11 seed beads. I used a contrasting color at the intersections to help me keep track of my stitches – I hadn’t done much work with the netting stitch so the touch point helped. The fringe is size 15 seed beads with Swarovski Crystal rondelles as spacers, and rounds added at the ends, finished with a three-bead picot.
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The long fringe really moves – this is a great piece to wear dancing!
I love how the fringe moves! It sways and seems to sparkle while catching the light with every step.
Here’s a closer view of the Peyote tube toggle. I make this kind of beaded bead a lot to use with loop-type closures. It can be an accent or blend in with the piece, so it is quite versatile as a closure.
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