Sunday, August 09, 2009

Leather Fringe Tutorial

I’ve gotten so many compliments on this simple necklace that I decided to write a tutorial. I used gemstone beads, which can be hard since the holes aren't usually as large as you need, but you could also you lampwork, crystal and glass beads as well as ceramic and clay. Click the picture to make it larger.

18” 2mm Leather
6’ of .5mm Leather
20 Beads, crystals, gemstones to fit on the .5mm leather
2 Large hole silver beads for 2mm
End Crimps and Clasp
Flat Nose Pliers


  1. First make sure all your beads will fit on the .5mm leather cord. I string mine on a leftover piece while picking them out.
  2. Cut your 2mm (heavier leather) to 18” or whatever length you choose.
  3. Cut 6 pieces of 6” .5mm leather.
  4. Cut 2 pieces of 5” .5mm leather.
  5. Cut 2 pieces of 4” .5mm leather.
  6. Create a Larks Head knot with all your 6” pieces onto the middle of the 2mm leather.
  7. Add 1 5” piece with a Larks Head knot to each side next to the 6”.
  8. Add 1 4” piece with a Larks Head knot to each side next to the 5”. You should have a graduated look with the leather fringe. Do not worry that the knots are not tight on the 2mm leather. Refer back to the picture if you are concerned that yours may look different.
  9. Starting on one end, add a bead to one leather fringe.
  10. Tie an Overhand knot to secure.
  11. Add another bead to the next fringe and tie a knot.
  12. Continue adding beads and knotting being sure to alternate the placement of your beads. Either high on the fringe or lower close to the end.
  13. Tighten your Larks Head knots by pulling the fringe down.
  14. At this point you may decide to add more fringe. Just scoot your fringe pieces over and add more in between or at the ends.
  15. Add your silver beads to the 2mm leather, one at each end.
  16. Center your fringe and silver beads.
  17. Tie an Overhand knot in the 2mm leather to secure.
  18. Add end crimps and clasp.

As I quickly put this together, please let me know if you have questions or if I need to add more information. Please feel free to use these instructions and repost on your blog or web site just as long as credit is given. Thanks, Dana


  1. Fantastic tutorial!! I'm glad I caught your tweet. This really uses up all kinds of odd beads. I am going to blog about your tutorial in a few weeks!!

  2. I love this necklace!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial, can't wait to make my own. You rock!

  3. Thank you for this useful post. I found it on I think it is a great way to use up the ever growing stash

  4. What an interesting and unique idea...who doesn't have a huge stash of beads around???

    Saw a post over at Pearl's (The Beading Gem's Journal) and had to take a look...


  5. I really love this, looks like I am going to have to make this for myself and my sisters - yet again they always want something I have made, what can I say, I love them to bits!!

    I have posted your link on my blog, I think this is going to be 'the summer necklace!, for me it will be the only necklace I wear on holiday as I will various colours of beads to suit my outfits.

  6. I love this idea!!!

  7. Thank you for this tut! I just saw a necklace like this at a shop in Saratoga Springs, NY called Lifestyles. It was made with HUGE, colorful beads strung on thicker waxed linen cord. Not being a very big person, I looked like I had a torture device around my neck. But I thought it was a great idea to use up my enormous collection of orphaned beads, but on a smaller scale. I got to your tut thru Pearl at The Beading now I'm following her AND you!

  8. Thanks for this tut! What a great way to use up leftovers. Plus I love to work with leather cord.



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