I enjoy bead stitching. This is a particularly nifty stitch.
***Converted to a How-to Yay! I have attached a copy of the step by step picture just in case you need it to be bigger to see everything.
Thank you Thank you to my boyfriend for his mad photoshop skills.
I'm apologizing before you start. SORRY FOR SO MUCH READING! I just wanted to make sure everything is explained really clearly.
Good luck! And I can't wait to see your versions!!!
Gather your materials. The string you use will need to be waxed or it will possibly break. I sometimes use dental floss because it is cheap. Or I use a beeswax bar/thread conditioner to coat my thread. Or you can get pre-waxed thread. All options are fine. Your thread will need to be about 2 – 3 times longer than your project (i.e. if you are making a bracelet measure your wrist and multiply that by 2 or 3). You want an ample amount of thread so you don’t run out in the middle of your project. Also you want your thread to be pretty thin. Not too thin, but thin enough to go through your bead holes several times.
The size of your bead depends on how large you would like your spiral to be. In the picture I used 11/0 size seed beads. However if you would like a larger spiral size 8/0, 6/0 etc. will accomplish this. - - - A note for those who don’t know: seed bead sizes are like ear gauges or jewelry for piercings, the smaller the number [6/0] the larger the bead. The larger the number [11/0] the smaller the bead. - - - For this how-to I am using 2 colors of beads to make it easier to explain. Though, this can always be made with more colors or less. **Note that in the picture there are also light grey colored beads. These are the steps you have already done. **
You will need 2 jump rings for the ends, this makes it easier to attach your bracelet to the clasp. Next you will need a beading needle. These differ from regular sewing needles in that beading needles are VERY thin. The eye is usually super small. For the pictured bracelet I used a size 10 or 12 beading needle, but depending on the size of your string you may need a larger one. You will also need a clasp. Any clasp will work, although if you are using a toggle (the clasp where a bar goes through a hole) you may need to check whether your bracelet gets in the way. If this happens you may need to add another jump ring to each end. *optional* I like to dilute a very small amount of glue with a little bit of water and brush it on my knots to make sure they are secure.
SORRY FOR SO MUCH READING! I just wanted to make sure everything is explained really clearly.
Tie your string to one of your jump rings (Step A in picture) I like to loop it around my jump ring several times to make it sturdy. Also thread your needle.
Thread 3 of color A. Color A will be your core beads. This is the color that will be less prominent in the center. Now thread 3 of color B. Color B is your outside color. It should look something like Step B in the picture.
Now, you are going to take your needle and go back through all three color A beads. Start at the color A bead closest to the jump ring. It should look like step C in the picture.
Okay now, in Step D the light grey colored beads with the black string are what you have already accomplished. Now string on 1 color A bead and 3 color B beads. (see Step D)
Now you will need to take your needle and go back through the 3 most recent color A beads. This means starting at the color A bead one away from the jump ring. (Step E)
To continue, repeat Step D and E in the picture. So, for example, next you will string on 1 color A bead and 3 color B beads (Step D) and then you will need to take your needle and go back through the 3 most recent color A beads. This means starting at the color A bead which is now 2 away from the jump ring. (Step E). Just keep increasing Step E by one color A bead. So next will be 3 away, after that will be four away, etc.
Do this until your rope is as long as you want it. Now attach it to another jump ring in a similar way to the jump ring which is at the beginning of your rope. Make sure the jump ring opening is on the opposite side away from your string! Or else when you open it your string will fall off. And that would be sad. Okay, now open your jump ring and put one side of your clasp on one end and the other side of your clasp on the other end. And now smile. Because you’re done!
I can’t wait to see your versions! If you have any questions let me know.