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Paisley Parade Necklace

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Paisley is a swirling, flowing, feminine pattern and has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are seeing gold paisleys on my mother’s vibrant saris, my palms covered with trailing paisleys in henna and marble floors decorated with beautiful paisley patterns filled with flower petals for festive occasions. A forever timeless pattern, paisley is popularly known as the ‘manga or kairi’ design in South Asia, a stylized illustration of the delicious mango fruit. It has been popular for centuries in fabrics, jewelry, pottery, temple carvings and in everyday life. It was also a favorite design for girls to doodle in their notebooks when the teacher droned on! I have done plenty of that and I am sure kids do that even to this day except they use their laptops instead of paper! Ever since I started experimenting with a combination of stitches, my goal was to create a beaded paisley. After a few attempts, I succeeded and the result is Paisley Parade Necklace. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite necklaces. Paisley Parade Necklace has dimensional paisleys and petals alternating and gracefully arranged together. There is a lot of intricate detail and the necklace adds just a touch of the exotic to your wardrobe. The pattern is appearing in Beadwork Magazine June 2013 issue and I hope you like it. I will be offering kits in several flattering colors soon. Paisley Parade 3 Paisley Parade 4 Paisley Parade Red 2

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  • jay on

    Sometimes the firepolish are listed as ‘turquoise’ and are available in the resources mentioned in the magazine. For spacers, try pewter in ant. gold finish. They are used only in the dangle bead. Bead caps will also work well. If chain is not available, then use any pretty chain with large enough links to fit the lobster claw clasp.
    Have fun beading!

  • Sue Scowden on

    I’m trying to make your paisley necklace I found in Beadwork magazine. I have been able to find the majority of the beads needed through the resources you listed. However where did you buy the Opaque Teal 3mm fire-polished rounds? I have checked the resources listed and none of those websites have them. I’m also curious where to find the Antiqued Gold 3×1mm Daisy Spacers and the Gold Vermeil unsoldered oval chain as I cannot find those either.

    If you could suggest where to get these items I would greatly appreciate it as they are the last items I need to start on the bracelet.

    Thank you so much!!


    Sue Scowden

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