Freyja Necklace by Melinda Barta

Melinda Barta, former editor of Beadwork magazine, uses her stunning bead-weaving skills to create beautiful jewelry designs. Her previous Designer of the Year projects feature cubic right-angle weave, fringe, and circular netting for two spectacular bracelet designs. Keep reading to learn more about the technique and color inspiration behind Melinda’s Freyja Necklace.

Freyja Necklace

“I’m currently obsessed with working cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) with TOHO Demi Rounds. Demis are perfect for this stitch! Two of my Designer of the Year projects, my Tic-Tac-Toe Cuff and my Freyja Necklace, feature this combination.

Even with several cabinets of beads to choose from, I still find it challenging to select colors for my designs. I often play it safe by pairing metallic bronze with my favorite colors (blues, greens, deep purples, and sometimes mauve). I also strive for contrasting finishes, allowing metallic beads to shine against matte beads.”

Melinda Barta
Beadwork Designer of the Year 2018

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Work two straps with cubic right-angle weave and Demi Rounds, then join them with pressed-glass rondelles to create Melinda Barta’s Freyja Necklace.

Freyja Necklace: Main Colorway

Main Colorway

Techniques: Cubic right-angle weave, circular peyote stitch

Project level: Advanced

0.5 g metallic bronze size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
7 g metallic black cherry size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
19 g metallic bronze size 8° Demi Round seed beads (C)
156 metallic bronze 3mm pressed-glass rounds (D)
12 light amethyst 8×6mm fire-polished rondelles (E)
1 antiqued brass 14mm shank button
1 antiqued brass 6mm jump ring
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Size 11 beading needle

Finished size: 17 3/4″ (inside strap)

Option: For a quicker version of this project, work shorter beaded straps and hang the focal from chain instead of stitching beaded strands.

Freyja Necklace

Alternate Colorway:
2.5 g metallic black cherry size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
6 g metallic green iris size 8° Demi Round seed beads (C)
10 erinite 7×5mm fire-polished rondelles (E)
26″ of antiqued copper 4×3mm curb chain
1 gunmetal 7×14mm ball-and-socket clasp
2 gunmetal 6mm jump rings
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Freyja Necklace: Erinite Colorway

Freyja Necklace: Erinite Colorway

MELINDA BARTA is a former editor of Beadwork magazine and the author of six books published by Interweave. She has filmed many instructional DVDs on bead-weaving techniques, taught at craft schools and bead shows nationwide, and shared her love of crafting on DIY, PBS, HGTV, Style, and local television networks. Melinda is currently a consultant for Starman, Inc., and a Starman TrendSetter. Visit and

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