Have you ever been about to bead a rivoli and noticed that the reverse side is just as beautiful as the front? It seems such a shame to cover it with beadwork, that you’re left in a quandary as to which side you like best! That’s what made me decide to devise a way of incorporating the rivoli into my beadwork whilst displaying both sides. A lariat is one of the best ways to show off both sides of a beaded rivoli element – the ends can swing and turn lightly, and both sides will be equally attractive. These lariats are long enough for me to wear them a multitude of ways – once or twice around the neck and simply knotted; three times around the neck and knotted at the side so that the ends trail from the side asymmetrically; wrapped many times around the wrist and knotted twice for security (I like that, and I arrange all the rivolis unevenly with either side facing up); I’ve even wound a lariat around my hair and tied it, leaving the ends trailing down the back!
The Rivolis I’ve used in these two lariats are Crystal Sahara and Bermuda Blue.