Yesterday's feature designer, Jean Hutter of Totally Twisted Beaded Jewelry was a big hit judging by the comments! No wonder. Bead work can add a beautiful dimension to jewelry making. Even if you are not up to artistic beaded pendants, making a spiral bead rope to go with a bought focal pendant is a design possibility. You can also crochet a spiral rope using prestrung beads but believe me, the spiral stitch using needle and thread is much easier if you've never done a rope before.
There are four types of spiral bead stitches and here are the corresponding free tutorials I found. The first two are video tutorials. The basic spiral rope one is by Teresa of TCBeads which I recommend for beginners. Karla, the instructor from Aunties Beads.com shows the second type, the flat spiral which is also very easy.
1. Spiral Rope Video :
2. Flat Spiral Video :
A double row flat spiral tutorial anyone? Check out MyAmari's elegant bracelet tutorial.
3. The Cellini spiral is a beautiful alternative. Check out Phoebe's Pearls' tutorial.
4. The Russian Spiral Stitch looks just like the DNA double helix when done with bugle beads. The tutorial pdf is from Bead Pattern Central.com. You can see an example in this Flickr photo by hands2heal.
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