Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spiral Stitch Beaded Jewelry Tutorials

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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9 comments :

Bev's Jewelry said...

I love the look of beaded items. I try a new pattern every now and then. I have a collection of unfinished pieces. Finishing them has always been a problem for me. Got an tutorials for that?

The Beading Gem said...

LOL! You're on your own for that, Bev. I think most of us can confess to our own collections of unfihished projects!

Jonara Blu Maui said...

These are so pretty. I've always wanted to learn a spiral rope stitch but never got to it. Now I know where to come w/ all the tutorials listed in one place!

Jean Hutter said...

These are all great tutorials. The video for the flat spirl is how I learned to do it. The internet is a wonderful thing!!!

The Beading Gem said...

I quite agree with you Jean - the internet is a wonderful thing for learning. It sometimes takes time and effort to find tutorials but hopefully this set here will help save time for many. I myself will be referring to this post!

Craft Cove said...

Actually there are a lot more spirals than just that four. The ones I know of are: Cellini spiral, embellished right angle weave- http://craftcove.blogspot.com/2009/05/more-spirals-again.html
Double spiral rope, Aussie Spiral, Netted spiral, Russian spiral, Dutch spiral- http://craftcove.blogspot.com/2009/03/beaded-spirals.html
Flat spiral- http://craftcove.blogspot.com/2009/03/spirals-spirals-and-more-spirals.html
Another type of Dutch spiral- http://craftcove.blogspot.com/2009/06/another-spiral.html
Basic spiral rope- http://craftcove.blogspot.com/2009/04/more-spirals.html
Other types of spirals are: Triple spiral rope, African helix, and there are variations on the basic spiral rope.
Hmmm, looks like I need to make some more tutorials.

Almost Precious said...

Was visiting another blog where the blogger had written about her latest project but gave no directions on the stitch that was used ... a variation of a Russian Spiral. So I began searching "Russian Spiral" and low and behold my favorite bead info site pops up in the search. Guess all roads do lead to Rome. :D
Though I'm familar with the lovely Russian Spiral stitch, I have never tried the flat version of it. It is quite pretty and intrigues me and is now definitely on my to do list.

The Beading Gem said...

I must say I love the flat spiral stitches!

Anonymous said...

I have made several of these especially the flat spiral but never the Russian spiral. I really like this, it appeals to the geek in me I guess. Unfortunately the PDF link doesn't work. Do you know of another where it comes out like the DNA looking spiral?

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