Royal Wedding Excitement: Are You Ready For Their Big Day… And Yours?
Are you all set for this weekend’s big event? The royal wedding of Prince Harry to his fiance Meghan Markle is an exciting event and provides the perfect opportunity for a right-royal get-together! Not only that, it’s also a gentle reminder that wedding season is about to kick into full-swing, which means that if you’re crafting for your own wedding this year, or on the look-out for crafty wedding ideas for the future, then now’s the time to get busy! Read on for our pick of all things wedding – including Sarah Millsop’s stunning handmade wedding choker that’s fit for royalty!
Garden Party Essentials:
We’ve got everything crossed for good weather on May 19th, because there’s no better way to celebrate a royal wedding than with a crafty garden party! Think bunting, balloons, and more cupcakes than you can shake a stick at! These strawberry and lemon cupcakes are simply divine, and bound to go down a treat! Or alternatively, you could dress your cupcakes for the occasion, and decorate each one with a hat fit for a royal wedding! Check out Cassie Brown’s tutorial on how to create these incredible cupcake toppers right here.
For more trendy ideas on exactly what to serve up at the garden party of the year, check out our fantastic collection of on-trend recipes here, including gin and tonic ice-cream cake, Pimm’s cake cones and unicorn frappes! Is your mouth watering yet?
Sarah Millsop’s Royal Wedding Choker Project:
This statement choker is perfect for any special occasion and can be simplified for a more subtle finish if you so wish. Make the choker in a traditional white colour palette, a passionate purple hue, or a trendy turquoise shade. Whichever matches you! – Sarah Millsop
You will need:
Take approx. 1m (a generous arm-span) of beading thread. Attach your needle and add 4 pearls. Move them to the end and leave a 15cm tail — this will be woven into your beadwork to finish and secure. Tie the ends of your threads together and knot twice to secure. Make sure your beads are as close as they can get.
Thread your needle through the next one or two pearls to move away from the knot. Add 3 pearls; sew back through the pearl you are exiting from in the same direction. This will give you a second circle of beads.
Sew through 2 of the pearls you have just added. This will navigate you to the end of the beadwork and position you for the next cluster.
Continue adding your next section of beads by repeating step 2 and 3 until you have 50 middle pearls. When you need to add a new thread, take your needle up through the centre of your last cluster, but do not pull the thread all the way through. Leave a small loop. Bring your needle over the top of the cluster and pass through the loop, then pull to secure.
This is a half hitch knot. Then, weave back into your beadwork and knot in one or two more positions before cutting the thread. Attach a new thread in the same way, and by starting two or three clusters. That way you can knot and work your way up to your starting point to continue beading.
When you have 50 middle pearls, your length is complete and ready to embellish and add the swag details. You can extend the length afterwards if you need it longer. Count in and navigate your needle to the 4th central pearl. Add a seed bead, a pearl and a seed bead. Cross over to the other end of the next central pearl and sew through.
Repeat this until you have attached 21 bicones.
It’s a good idea to use another needle, or a piece of thread, to mark where you need to finish. It is quite easy to get carried away when you get into the swing of things, and tricky to keep stopping and counting.
When you get to your 21, you will need to secure the next 21 in the opposite direction. So if you have been working from the bottom of the pearls upwards, you will need to work from the top of the pearls downwards. You don’t have to do this all right now; if you want to embellish as you make your way along in later stages, that is fine too.
Navigate up to the top. I know there is a lot of backwards and forwards, but each time you move along your beadwork you are also strengthening and reinforcing your work… so keep with it! Move along 10 centre pearls.
Add a second drop section of 4 bicones.
*Top Tip: If at any point you need to change direction, you can do this by tying a half hitch knot like we do to secure threads. This will allow you to move the opposite way back through a bead.
Exit downwards from the bottom inside pearl. Add a seed bead, pearl, seed bead, bicone. Repeat this for 9 pearls, finishing with a seed bead. We need that symmetry. Sew up through the bottom pearl in the middle drop section.
Your next drop sections will be 7 central pearls away. You should have a drop of 4 bicones again. You will only have 2 swags for these sections, though, using just the top and bottom pearls. Your bottom swag should consist of 6 pearls and the top just 5.
If you need to move from opposite sides of the piece, to save too many thread passes through your work (3 max!), just finish your thread and start a new one on the other side.
You can extend either side of your base pearls to achieve your desired length. You should create a loop and an extender chain for each side. The end of my extender chain is a bicone. Skip the bicone and sew back through the chain to secure. Always tie 2-3 half hitch knots to secure your threads and weave through and away from the knots before you trim any excess.
I hope you enjoy making this piece as much as I have. Send me pictures of your creations!
Bead Spider’s Wedding Choker Kit was made just for this project!
More Crafty Wedding Inspiration…
Want more creative and crafty ways to produce your own wedding decor, accessories and stationery? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at all our crafty wedding projects and see what takes your fancy!
Do you have plans for Harry and and Meghan’s big day? Let us know in the comments below!