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Rabbit, Rabbit

Project Info:

Level: All

Estimated time: Weekend

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Rabbit, Rabbit

Free Spirit- Silver

Buttons

$3.25 USD

Black- Regular C-Lon

C-Lon: Regular

$4.95 USD

Bunny Moon Pendant

Charms

$12.50 USD

Currents- Black Squid

Tribal and Trade

$3.95 USD

Matte Porcelain Jasper- 8mm Rounds

Gem Rounds- 8mm

$8.00 USD

Milky White- 6mm Rounds

6mm Czech Glass

$3.50 USD

Onyx- 4mm Rounds

Gem Rounds- 4mm

$5.00 USD

Shadows- Silver Plate

Metal Beads

$19.95 USD

Rectangles- Jet Picasso

Czech Rectangles

$2.75 USD

8mm Rondelles- Glazed Light Smoky

Czech Rondelles- 8mm

$7.65 USD

Melons- White Luster

Czech Melons

$3.00 USD

5mm Rondelles- Pale Thistle Bronze AB

Czech Rondelles- 5mm

$3.95 USD

4mm- Luster Stone Gray

4mm Czech Glass

$3.25 USD

3mm- Luster Stone Gray

3mm Czech Glass

$2.35 USD

8-1865 Galvanized Grey Luster

Miyuki Seed Beads- 8/0

$6.65 USD

Tiny Bunny Charm

Charms

$5.35 USD

Project Map

Project by Janice Parsons
Sample by Drea Carbone


"Rabbit, rabbit!" It's the first of the month, do you follow this superstition? It's said to be lucky to say this phrase first thing in the morning on the first of the month! Does it really work? Probably not..but we're willing to try anything that might help keep us on an even keel for this hectic time of year!

Bringing a new color palette to Janice's classic Zen of Stringing technique, Drea's black-and-white necklace is a head-turner for the holidays and beyond. Adding a whimsical bow is just the icing on this sweet style..."very Lanvin," Janice says. Take it easy and make a statement at the same time with this fun necklace.

*Ingredient Notes...

  • 3mm OR 4mm Czech Fire Polish: We are unable to get the 4mm Luster Stone Gray Czech Fire Polish Rounds in at this time...use 3mm instead! It's a quick fix and the size difference is not even noticeable.
  • 6mm Stone OR Fire Polish: Drea used the 6mm Vintage White beads which are Czech Glass, but the same smooth shape as our 6mm stones rather than the faceted oblong of a Czech Fire Polish...it's up to you what you use! Either will look fab and match your other beads.
  • Ribbon: That 3/8" grosgrain ribbon came from Drea's ribbon stash. Grab a spool at your favorite fabric store, on Amazon, etc...it's an easy and inexpensive item to find, we promise! 


Start this project at there pendant. Cut eight 5ft lengths of Regular C-Lon and divide into two...use four for each side. Find the center of the four strands and loop around the top corner in a lark's head knot so you have eight total strands to bead on. Repeat on the opposite top corner with your remaining four strands.

Choose two strands to macramé a few full square knots around the remaining (center) strands to keep them together. Slide a single Current bead onto the center strands, bring your macramé strands around the Current, and macramé another two full square knots on the other side of the Current bead to keep it in place.
From here? GO  NUTS! No, really...add your beads however you like. I found it helpful to use smaller beads for the first few beads on each strand to help taper out from a tight spot to a fuller necklace. Knot here and there--there is NO right way and NO wrong way to do this. Bring strands together through one bead here and there, or knot together, or keep all separate--it's entirely up to you.

Drea kept one side completely "open" in this style and gather the other side to create an asymmetrical look and add a second focal point. To add this second focal area, bring your strands together and macramé around them just as you did to start, again adding a single Current bead and macramé after it, too, then begins to "zen" bead and knot again. After finishing the entire necklace Drea tied her grosgrain bow and added the Tiny Bunny charm to it. Don't like the bow? Don't add it! Don't want to have the "gather" or asymmetrical look? Don't make it! You can gather on both sides, or just one, or neither! Make this piece yours.

To finish, again choose two strands to macramé around the rest with. Glue to your heart's content with GS Hypo Cement...this necklace can get heavy if you use lots of beads and you want these strands to stay put. You could also tie an overhand knot with all strands instead of macrame, but that looked a little bulky to Drea and she opened for macramé.
For the button side, bring all strands through the holes (or shank) of the button and macramé back OVER the previous knots. Glue again!
On the button-loop, do this like you would a Poetry, macramé over the center strands for several inches (test the size compared to your button) and back onto itself. GLUE! Trim the ends. Drea also used her thread burner to very lightly pat the threads and melt them together a bit.

Please join us as our worldwide community gathers on Facebook and YouTube at 10:30am Pacific Time on December 1st, 2021. It’s so much fun to go live with us and bead together! After the live broadcast the video will be available above.

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