Supple Cellini Lariat by Susan Sassoon

Get the look of a Cellini spiral rope by weaving the impressive Cellini Lariat necklace which uses the more flexible Peyote with a Twist technique. Keep reading to learn more about Susan’s inspiration for this lariat and then get this pattern today in Beadwork October/November 2018.

Like many other beaders, I had difficulty learning bead crochet and did not enjoy it as much as I enjoy bead weaving. When I first learned about Gerlinde Lenz’s Peyote with a Twist (PeyTwist) technique, I was very excited to try it out, but I knew that I didn’t have the patience to make the beautiful, intricate designs that many other beaders make using this technique. I don’t like to look at charts or graphs as I bead, so beading the intricate peyote patterns wasn’t for me.

I began to experiment by substituting different bead sizes and shapes into the basic rope and discovered that a Cellini type spiral can be formed in a few different ways. One way is to do each row in a different size bead. This will create a rather stiff rope that requires a lot of tension to bead. Gerlinde and I decided that this type of spiral should be called “Easy Cellini in Rows.”

I also experimented by using a variety of bead sizes in the same row and repeating that same pattern in each row. This resulted in a more supple rope with a completely different look. Gerlinde and I decided to call this type “Easy Cellini in Columns.” (The samples of these techniques were published in Beadwork‘s June/July 2018 issue.)

It’s important to note that this technique is very different from a standard Cellini spiral. A standard Cellini is beaded in the round, and the beads of the same size sit obliquely to each other. Easy Cellini is beaded like flat peyote, by going back and forth, row by row, and the beads of the same size align vertically.

I found that I enjoyed the “Easy Cellini in Columns” technique, so I began to experiment with some additional variations. I found that the number of foundation rows before the join affected the width and the delineation of the spiral. I also found that the direction that you make the join will affect which way the spiral spins. I had considered creating this rope as two mirrored halves that were joined, but I kept making mistakes in the join, so I tabled that idea for another day.

I loved the look of the spiral that I had begun with SuperDuos, but I found that it was quite thick and quite time-consuming to create a whole lariat in this way, so I kept experimenting. I found that I could decrease the thickness of the rope by decreasing the bead count in each row. I beaded the main segment of the rope using this faster and thinner design but then wanted to increase it again for the end of the rope. I increased the bead count back to the original width and completed the lariat.

A few differences between this design and the typical PeyTwist designs done all in one bead size are as follows:

  1. No stiffener is needed inside the tube. The variation of bead sizes and the number of beads in each row provides for a rope that is stiff enough so that it doesn’t collapse and supple enough to wrap nicely around the neck.
  2. No end caps are needed. Decreasing the number of beads in the row at each end of the tube allows the tube to close nicely with an angled point, creating a finished look.
  3. No chart reading is necessary except at the increase and decrease (that’s my favorite part!).

For those beaders who have trouble with the increases and decreases, the rope can be made at the full thickness. I used one of my discarded full-thickness samples (from the mirroring mistake) to make the necklace shown in the option photo below. I inserted beading wire through the center of the tube and strung round beads on each side of the center focal.

I’d like to thank Gerlinde Lenz for all of her guidance and support with this project! She carefully reviewed the instructions and the diagrams for this lariat numerous times and with great patience and kindness! A donation has been made to the beading therapy program (BOLD) at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center in The Bronx, New York, in Gerlinde’s honor for her immeasurable help!

—Susan Sassoon

Cellini Lariat

Pattern Details

Techniques: Flat peyote stitch, peyote stitch variation, right-angle weave, circular netting, tubular peyote stitch

Project level: Advanced

6 g dark berry galvanized Duracoat size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
10 g dark coral galvanized Duracoat size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
35 g metallic copper bronze size 8° Japanese seed beads (C)
25 g crystal bronze fire red 5×2.5mm 2-hole SuperDuos (D)
700 Aztec gold 3mm pressed-glass rounds (E)
1 light silk 14mm crystal rivoli
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Cellini Lariat Main Colorway

Main Colorway

Size 10 beading needle

Finished size: 36″

Artist’s Tips:

  • Check to make sure there aren’t any blocked holes in each of the two-hole beads before stringing them. Discard any beads with blocked holes. Trying to unblock the holes can easily break these beads.
  • Substitute 3mm fire-polished rounds or size 6° seed beads for the 3mm pressed-glass rounds.
  • Don’t worry if your SuperDuos aren’t sitting perfectly, or you see some thread between the SuperDuos and 3mm rounds. This will all be adjusted during the embellishment section.
  • There is no need to wait until you’ve completed the entire rope to do the embellishment. Keep your working thread to hold your place, and use a new thread to begin embellishing at any time you like.

Option: Create a 6″ length of rope and use it as a focal for a beaded necklace strung on beading wire.

Cellini Lariat

This alternate necklace uses the shorter option above, materials list below.

Alternate Colorway:
2 g dark berry galvanized Duracoat size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
3 g dark coral galvanized Duracoat size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
4 g metallic copper bronze size 8° Japanese seed beads (C)
5 g crystal bronze fire red 5×2.5mm 2-hole SuperDuos (D)
174 Aztec gold 3mm pressed-glass rounds (E)
22 gold luster 6mm pressed-glass rounds
1 gold-plated 9×15mm lobster clasp
1 gold-plated 6mm jump ring
2 copper 2mm crimp tubes
20″ of .019 beading wire
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

SUSAN SASSOON is an architect and beader who loves fitting together shapes of all sizes. She is a member of the BeadSmith Inspiration Squad and sells her tutorials at She can be reached on Facebook: So Sassy By Susan Sassoon or via email:

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