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Lady Macbeth Necklace

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Lady Macbeth Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Actress Ellen Terry portrays Lady Macbeth in a green crocheted dress decorated with jewel beetle wings in a famous John Singer Sargent painting. Our necklace is a perfect homage to that iconic costume. Cheri used a simple crochet stitch to decorate her green thread with Swarovski beads displaying the magical Crystal Scarabaeus Green effect. The shimmering beads twinkle among the thread, just like the beetle wings in Lady Macbeth's dress.

Step one:
Use size 10 crochet thread in hunter green and a size E 4-3.5mm crochet hook to complete this design. Use a big eye needle to thread all of the required beads onto the crochet thread, working on the ball of thread. It doesn't hurt to string more than necessary, because when you cut your thread, you can always remove the beads you don't need. You can also add beads at that point if you need to. Add the beads in this order:
  • One Swarovski 4mm faceted round in Crystal Scarabaeus Green
  • One Swarovski 4mm XILION bicone in Crystal Scarabaeus Green
  • One faceted round
  • One Swarovski 6mm round crystal pearl in Scarabaeus Green
  • One bicone
  • One faceted round
  • One bicone
  • One pearl
We repeated this pattern about 24 times.

Step two:
Refer to our Crochet with Beads MiniVid to learn how to crochet with beads. Start with two empty stitches (stitches without beads). Follow this pattern for the next stitches:
  • One faceted round
  • One bicone
  • One faceted round
  • One empty stitch
  • One pearl
  • One empty stitch
  • One bicone
  • One faceted round
  • One bicone
  • One empty stitch
  • One pearl
  • One empty stitch
Repeat this pattern until your necklace is the desired length, keeping in mind that the clasp will take up 1 1/4 inches. Our necklace is 50 inches long. Mirror the beginning of the necklace to complete the stitching.

Step three:
Tie a knot and then thread on a clam shell bead tip with 2 rings. Tie a knot inside of the bead tip, trim the end, apply adhesive and close the bead tip. For more instruction on using bead tips, please see our Handy Tip. Use a sterling silver 3.90mm open jump ring to attach the sterling silver pearl clasp to the bead tip. Learn how to properly open and close jump rings with this Handy Tip Video. Repeat on the other end of the necklace.
Approximate Size: 50 Inches
Estimated Time: 4 Hours
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
Beadalon Stainless Steel Big Eye Needles 4.5 Inch (Length 4 Pack) (SUP-0058)
GS Hypo Fabric Cement (GS-HYPO-F)
Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
List of Components:
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Scarabaeus Green (5810-SCGR6, qty 50)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal Scarabaeus Green (5000-SCGR4, qty 77)
Swarovski 5328 4mm Xilion Bicone Crystal Scarabaeus Green (5328-SCGR4, qty 76)
Sterling Silver Pearl Clasp (SS-FISH-CL, qty 1)
Clam Shell Bead Tip with 2 Rings (SS-BDTIP3, qty 2)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .150 inches (0.90 x 3.90mm) (SS-OJR35-A, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Scarabaeus Green - Factory Pack (500pcs) (5810-SCGR6-FP)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Iridescent Green (5810-CIG6)
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Iridescent Green - Factory Pack (500pcs) (5810-CIG6-FP)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal Luminous Green (5000-CLU4)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal Luminous Green (5328-CLU4)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Scarabaeus Green
Code: 5810-SCGR6
Diameter 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.16 $0.12$0.15 $0.11$0.14 $0.10
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal Scarabaeus Green
Code: 5000-SCGR4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.35 $0.26$0.33 $0.24$0.31 $0.23
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 4mm Xilion Bicone Crystal Scarabaeus Green
Code: 5328-SCGR4
Diameter 4mm, Length 4.5mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.16 $0.12$0.14 $0.10$0.13 $0.09
Qty>
Sterling Silver Pearl Clasp
Code: SS-FISH-CL
Total Length 15mm 
1-45-910+
$4.26 $3.62$4.02 $3.41$3.81 $3.23
Qty>
Sterling Silver Clam Shell Bead Tip with 2 Rings
Code: SS-BDTIP3
Length 7mm, Width 3.5mm, Hole Size 1mm/18 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.53 $0.41$0.50 $0.39$0.46 $0.35
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .150 inches (0.90 x 3.90mm)
Code: SS-OJR35-A
Diameter 3.9mm, 19 gauge 
1-2930-5960+
$0.26 $0.21$0.24 $0.19$0.22 $0.18
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Scarabaeus Green - Factory Pack (500pcs)
Code: 5810-SCGR6-FP
Diameter 6mm 
Sale Price: $36.87
Price: $49.16
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Iridescent Green
Code: 5810-CIG6
Diameter 6mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.16 $0.12$0.15 $0.11$0.14 $0.10
Qty>
Swarovski 5810 6mm Round Crystal Pearl Iridescent Green - Factory Pack (500pcs)
Code: 5810-CIG6-FP
Diameter 6mm 
Sale Price: $37.62
Price: $50.17
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal Luminous Green
Code: 5000-CLU4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.35 $0.26$0.33 $0.24$0.31 $0.23
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal Luminous Green
Code: 5328-CLU4
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.16 $0.12$0.14 $0.10$0.13 $0.09
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Beadalon Stainless Steel Big Eye Needles 4.5 Inch (Length 4 Pack)
Code: SUP-0058
1-45-910+
$3.47 $2.81$3.27 $2.64$3.09 $2.50
Qty>
GS Hypo Fabric Cement
Code: GS-HYPO-F
1/3 fl oz 
Sale Price: $5.23
Price: $5.95
Qty>
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Sale Price: $3.94
Price: $4.59
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.67
Price: $7.67
Qty>



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