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LEARN and CREATE – the flat brick stitch on a foundation of ladder stitch- Friday, June 16, 2017

For beginners, the great thing about the flat brick stitch is that it is easy and versatile. It has in common with the peyote stitch that it stacks the beads nicely on top of each other, especially if you work with Delica beads, but it differs in the following :

  • the bead's direction is vertical, meaning the hole of the bead is vertically and not horizontally lined up
  • the same stitch applies as well to an even number as an odd number of beads
  • the beads are attached by weaving your working thread around the thread of the preceding row, so you do not needle through the beads to affix them

and yes, you are right in thinking that this type of “wall” of bead-bricks needs a strong foundation, that is why you start with the ladder stitch and build up with the flat brick stitch.
Do not be scared off, whether you go through a bead or beneath and around a thread, in both cases the strength of your work depends on the sturdiness of the thread.

Brick stitch - adding a bead - side view

Challenge:

  • As your workpiece is held together by thread, controlling the thread tension will be paramount.

Supplies for a striped bracelet in flat brick:

  • 11/0 Delica beads in 3 colors: color A, color B and color C
  • OR 8/0 Japanese seed beads in 3 colors: color A, color B and color C
  • needle, thread and scissors
  • toggle and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the ladder stitch:

  • the foundation in ladder stitch in color A: pick up and string two beads, leaving a generous tail thread to hold your work and stitch in later
  • hold the two beads side by side – top and bottom vertically - and pass back through the first bead, this is the one closest to the tail

Ladder stitch - starting

ladder stitch - joining the first beads

  • to add a bead you have to go to the outer edge of the next bead and that is why you pass the needle down through the second bead 

Ladder stitch - going to outer edge

  • pick up the next bead, hold the beads vertically side by side, pass the needle DOWN through the top of the previous bead and back UP through the bottom of the bead you added
  • as a consequence, you are forming a circle to attach each bead

Ladder stitch - adding a bead

ladder stitch - going to the edge

  • pick up the next bead, hold it side by side to the other beads and pass the needle UP through the bottom of the previous bead and back DOWN through the top of the bead you added
  • to summarize, depending the end position of your thread, you alternate and go down through the top and then up through the bottom OR up through the bottom and then down through the top
  • continue till you reach the desired width of your bracelet, in this case 7 beads
  • as you work with an odd number of beads, you end up with the tail thread facing down and the working thread facing up

Weaving instructions for the flat brick stitch:

  • round two: continue in color B, pick up a set of two beads and pass your needle beneath the thread in between the two beads below

Brick stitch - starting a row

  • pass your needle up the bottom of the second bead of the set you just added
  • note : you only add two beads at the initial of each round, 

Brick stitch - getting on top

  • pick up a bead and pass your needle beneath the thread connecting the two beads below

Brick stitch - adding a bead

  • pass your needle up the bottom the of bead you just added
  • add a bead, pass your needle beneath the thread connecting the beads below
  • tighten your thread, pass your needle up the bottom of the bead you added
  • continue till the end of the row
  • round three: turn your piece and continue in color C, pick up a set of two beads, pass your needle beneath the thread connecting the two beads below
  • pass your needle up the bottom of the second bead of the set and tighten your thread
  • continue adding one bead at a time till the end of the row
  • round four: turn your workpiece and continue in color B
  • round five: continue in color A

Brick stitch on top of ladder stitch

  • play with the stripe pattern and possibly widen or change the stripes

Brick stitch for starters

  • if you work with bigger beads, you may want to firm the edges of your workpiece by circling back through the first and second bead you added
  • have fun !

Choose your beads and findings at http://dunebeads.com/en/delica-seed-beads-size-11-japanSmile

Do not forget: practice makes perfect. Happy day, see you soon!


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LEARN and CREATE – the not so flat, flat Cellini bracelet- Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The flat Cellini stitch is nothing more than flat, even-count peyote, but with different bead sizes which will add a scalloped texture to your work and accentuate the diagonal movement in it. The design consists of small aba + large ABA waves mirroring each other.

Flat Cellini

Challenge:

  • prior knowledge: flat even-count peyote 
  • with the change of direction at the end of each row comes a change in perspective of the color & size choice which may seem daunting at first
  • with a line-up of 10 beads at the start, the double pattern of embracing a central bead is always incomplete on one side and as a consequence with each odd row you try to complete the design aba + ABA

Supplies for a flat Cellini bracelet:

  • 11/0 seed beads in 2 colors: 11/0 color A and 11/0 color B (or small central bead); meaning color A embracing color B
  • 3x3 mm fire-polished beads (or large central bead)
  • 8/0 seed beads, which will embrace the 3x3 mm fire-polished bead 
  • JBB toggle, thread, scissors and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the flat Cellini:

  • line up little heaps of beads in the sequence you want to maintain
  • leave about 40 cm tail thread so you may easily add your clasp afterwards

flat Cellini - row 1 and 2

  • set up row one and two: two 11/0 color A, two 11/0 color B, two 11/0 color A, two 8/0 and two 3 mm beads

flat Cellini - row 3

  • row three in regular even-count peyote: skip a 3 mm bead, add a 8/0, skip a 8/0 bead, add a 3 mm bead, skip a 11/0 A bead, add a 8/0, skip a 11/0 B bead, add a 11/0 color A, skip a 11/ A bead and add a 11/0 color B
  • you end up with 8/0, 3 mm, 8/0 + color A, color B on top = ABA + ab (a is missing) pattern
  • as a consequence, you have added a bead in the same color as the one you just went thru and will do so whenever you work towards the tail

flat Cellini - working towards tail

  • the moreover, you added a bead to each second bead of a pair and when you look back on your work you will see that the beads are lined up diagonally
  • persevere as once you have finished the first four rounds, it will become easier
  • row four: continue regular peyote by adding to every second bead a bead in the same color as the one you want to go thru; for instance, you have to go thru a 11/0 B, you add a 11/0 B, you want to go thru a color A, you add a color A and so on
  • in short, you make the opposite color choice when you work away from the tail than when you work towards the tail; you pick up a bead in the same color as the one you will go thru

flat Cellini - working away from tail

**note, all even rows will be constructed in this way, to add a bead you look forwards to the color/size of the following bead**

  • row five: you recommence the "small" diagonal color scheme from the start (aba) by skipping a 8/0 and adding one 11/0 A, 

flat Cellini - row 5 - recommence aba

  • to continue row five you add a bead in the same color as the one you just left; for example, you come out of a 8/0, you add a 8/0, coming out of a 3 mm, add 3 mm and so on

***all odd rows are built in this way, to add a color/size you look backwards to the bead you left***

  • Do tighten your thread regularly as it will give you that curly shape you seek
  • row six: you want to go thru a 11/0 A, add a 11/0 A and continue ** … **
  • row seven: skip 11/0 A, add a new 11/0 B and continue *** … ***
  • row eight: add a 8/0, continue ** … **
  • row nine: add a 11/0 A (or the second a of the aba color scheme) … and … continue *** … ***

Flat Cellini Stitch

  • while your bracelet takes shape, the scalloped texture will appear more and more
  • finish by attaching a toggle clasp and enjoy your creation

Choose your beads and findings at http://dunebeads.com/en/czech-faceted-round-beads-3x3-mm ! Smile

Do not forget: practice makes perfect. Have fun, see you soon!

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LEARN and CREATE – the CoCorico necklace and the eight-shape- Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Simple and playful, the CoCorico necklace is another example of the technique of crossing wires while creating an eight-shape. By alternating the color scheme after each intersection you also produce the illusion of winding the two wires or threads around each other; and of course, a shorter version will offer you a charming bracelet.

CoCorico necklace - river thu the woods

Challenge:

  • The change of direction of the wires in the intersections will definitely ask you to pay attention.

Supplies for the CoCorico necklace:

  • 6x8 mm Czech CoCo beads in two colors: CoCo A, CoCo B
  • 5x3 mm pinched Bicone beads
  • Delica size 11/0
  • polyethylene thread or fishing thread or FireLine
  • JBB toggle and crimp beads or crimp tubes
  • pliers, scissors and beading mat.

Weaving instructions for the CoCorico necklace:

  • cut off about 140 cm polyethylene thread, slide a part of the toggle to the middle and fold the thread in two
  • slide a crimp tube or crimp bead over both threads and attach the clasp
  • note: you will be working with the two threads
  • side one: string on 3 Delica's and 1 pinched Bicone

CoCorico necklace - start

  • side two: string on 3 Delica's and pass the thread in the opposite direction through the Pinch bead of side one

CoCorico - crossing 1

  • eight-shape *side one top eight: pick up 3 Delica's, 3 CoCo A and 3 Delica's

CoCorico - side 1, top eight

  • side two top eight: pick up 3 Delica's, 3 CoCo B and 2 Delica's 

CoCorico - side 2, top eight

  • and cross the wire by going in the opposite direction through the last Delica of side one

CoCorico - top eight

  • pull the two threads

CoCorico - crossing 2

  • eight-shape side one bottom eight: pick up 2 Delica's, 3 CoCo B and 3 Delica's and 1 pinched Bicone

CoCorico - side 1, bottom eight

  • side two bottom eight: pick up 2 Delica's, 3 CoCo A and 3 Delica's 

CoCorico - side 2, bottom eight

  • and pass your thread in the opposite direction through the pinched Bicone of side one

CoCorico - bottom eight

  • pull both threads**

CoCorico - crossing 3

  • between two pinched Bicone, you have created an eight-shape, corresponding to one section

CoCorico - eight-shaped section

  • repeat from * till ** until you obtain the desired length
  • add a crimp tube or crimp bead and the second part of the toggle and attach it
  • enjoy !

Choose your beads and findings at http://dunebeads.com/en/czech-druk-beads-pinched-bicone-and-coco-beadsSmile

CoCorico bracelet

Do not forget: practice makes perfect. Have fun, see you soon!

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LEARN and CREATE – the Dutch spiral- Sunday, March 05, 2017

Light and airy, the Dutch spiral has the structure of a peyote rope, but it has one of its sides falling in loose loops. Make a small loop version for daytime and a strikingly stunning wide one for the evening.

Dutch spiral in spring colors

Challenge:

  • Understanding the thread path and the color scheme of the Dutch spiral. Unlike the peyote spiral the next bead you pick up is always in the same color as the bead you just exited.

Observations:

  • You may vary the length of the loose loops at will and thus work gradually from small to large and vice versa 
  • Moreover, you may choose for a narrower or a wider "fixed" sewn part.

Supplies for the Dutch spiral:

  • needle and thread
  • scissors and beading mat
  • for the “fixed” sewn part:
  • 4x4 mm Czech fire-polished beads
  • size 8/0 seed beads
  • size 11/0 seed beads in two colors: fixed 11/0 A and fixed 11/0 B
  • for the loose loops:
  • size 11/0 seed beads: loose 11/0

Weaving instructions for a tapered Dutch spiral:

  • to form a tapered point, we let the loose 11/0 “grow”, that is why in each round we pick up an extra loose 11/0 bead (round 1 = 1 loose 11/0, round 2 = 2 loose 11/0, round 3 = 3 loose 11/0 etc.)
  • therefore make in the color scheme you want to keep on “growing” piles in order for you to work smoothly
  • to create the first round:
  • take a length of thread, pick up 1x 4 mm bead, 1x seed bead 8/0, 1x fixed 11/0 A, 1x fixed 11/0 B and 1x loose 11/0 

Dutch spiral - start

  • go a second time through all the beads and go through an extra bead to create a circle
  • You will exit from a 4 mm bead 

Dutch spiral - base or first round

  • second round
  • *pick up 1x 4x4 mm, go through the 8/0 and tighten so that the new bead fits partially in between the previous 4 mm and the 8/0

Dutch spiral - round 2 - add 4x4 mm

  • as you end with a 8/0, you pick up a 8/0, go through the next 11/0 A bead and tighten the thread

Dutch spiral - round 2 - add size 8

  • you end with a 11/0 A beads, so pick up a 11/0 A and go through a 11/0 B

Dutch spiral - round 2 - add size 11A

  • you end with a 11/0 B, so pick up a 11/0 B** as well as 2 loose 11/0
  • as these are the last beads forming the loose loop, you skip the loose 11/0 from the previous round, make a step-up and go through the second 4 mm bead

Dutch spiral - round 2 - add 11B and 2x 11 loose

  • note that, just like with peyote, you have protruding beads and that you build further with those; moreover they coincide with the second bead of each color group of 2

Dutch spiral - groups of 2

  • In round 3, repeat * till ** and pick up 3 loose 11/0 before you through the second 4 mm bead
  • In round 4, repeat * till ** and pick up 4 loose 11/0 before you through the second 4 mm bead
  • etc. until you obtain the desired width of the loose loops, usually one chooses for a loop of about 6 beads

Dutch spiral - 6 bead loop

  • to finish, you will “decrease”, so you have to pick up one loose 11/0 bead less in each round

Play around with colors and design ideas, enjoy !

Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads and findings at http://dunebeads.com/fr/Smile

Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!

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LEARN and CREATE – triangular shaped peyote- Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Once you get the hang of it these fun little triangular shapes are easy to make as you use only regular flat peyote and increases. Two triangles make a cute pair of earrings and a bunch of them could be a playful set of charms.

Challenge:

  • Understanding the thread path and positioning the beads of the corners.

Peyote triangle

Supplies for the peyote triangle:

  • Japanese seed beads size 8/0 or 11/0 in two colors, one color for the sides (SI) and one color for the seams (SE)
  • needle and thread
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for a triangle in peyote stitch:

  • make little heaps of 6 beads (SE), as this will form the constant in creating the corners of each round; the sides will be lengthened with each round
  • to create your first round: take a good length of thread, pick up 3 beads (SE), pass a second time through all of them and go through one more bead to create a little triangle

Peyote triangle - set-up

Peyote triangle - center

  • round two: pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead, pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead and repeat once more
  • important: each time you add 2 beads, go with your needle under the thread between those two beads, pull slightly on the thread so you can reposition the 2 beads and put them awry

Peyote triangle - round 2

  • it follows that you add 2 beads (SE) to create the corners of your piece and will continue to do so for the seams
  • go through an extra bead to create a step-up and end up between the next two corner beads – you will continue to do so at the end of each row

Peyote triangle - ready for step-up to round 3

Peyote triangle - step-up

    • in round three you add the second color: *pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead, pick up 1 bead (SI), skip a bead, go through the next bead** and pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead, pick up 1 bead (SI), skip a bead, go through the next bead, repeat one more time from *to**
    • go through an extra bead to create a step-up
    • have a closer look: on each corner you will have added 2 beads (SE) per stitch, while on the sides you have added only 1 bead (SI) per stitch at a time, the more over the corners are in a different color from the sides = this schema will continue throughout your piece
    • round four: add 2 beads (SE) on corner A, add 1 bead (SI) to the side and once more 1 bead (SI) to the side, add 2 beads (SE) on corner B, add 1 bead (SI) to the side and once more 1 bead (SI), add 2 beads (SE) on corner C, add 1 bead (SI) to the side and once more 1 bead (SI) to the side and make a step-up by going through the next bead

    Peyote triangle - round 4

    Peyote triangle - round 4, peyote on the sides

    • to summarize, you have made an increase on the corners, regular peyote on the sides and a step-up to access the next round
    • notice also that the corner beads sit awry or cattywampus and tower above the sides

    • round 5: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 3 times 1 bead (SI) in regular peyote on the sides
    • round 6: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 4 times 1 bead (SI) on the sides
    • round 7: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 5 times 1 bead (SI) on the sides
    • round 8: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 6 times 1 bead (SI) on the sides ... and so on
    • In the last round you may add a single bead (SE) in each corner instead of 2 beads and add a little loop on the last corner
    • to fix your thread, zigzag through your finished piece

    Play around with colors and design ideas, enjoy!

    triangular shaped peyote

    peyote triangle in turquoise blue AB and amethyst purple AB

    Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads and findings at http://dunebeads.com/fr/tiny-beads-seed-beads-and-delicaSmile

    Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!

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    COLOR and FASHION 2017- Tuesday, January 03, 2017


    As usual, the color experts of the Pantone institute developed the colors for 2017 and the fashion designers selected their 10 favorites out of it.

    Pantone colors - spring 2017

    The color of the year, a tangy spring green, is simply called “greenery”.

    green gemstones

    The ten Pantone colors could be summarized as follows:

    • two greens: a bright “greenery” green and a darker grey-green “kale”
    • three blues: a light turquoise “island paradise”, a grey-blue “Niagara” and an deep “lapis” blue
    • two pinks: a subtle “pale dogwood” pink and a brighter “yarrow” pink
    • three warm colors: a vivid “primrose” honey yellow, an intense orange red “flame” and a neutral “hazelnut” beige rose.

    As a result :

    • the cold tones, such as blue, grey-blue, violet blue and the variations of pink will dominate the scene. This inevitably will remember you the pastel colors of 2016. 
    • it should be noted that this time both the rich dark and the light tones will be present and 
    • it is very likely that the classic “Niagara” denim blue will overshadow “greenery”.

    dune beads in green en blue

    With this you are ready to face Valentine and a colorful year.

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    LEARN and CREATE – the easy odd-count tubular or spiral peyote stitch- Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    If the step-up of the even-count tubular peyote seems daunting to you, try out the uncomplicated odd-count spiral peyote. This easy tubular peyote stitch is very accessible and a perfect project for beginners.

    Odd-count tubular peyote

    Challenge:

    • Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension.

    Supplies for the bangle bracelet in tubular peyote stitch:

    • Japanese Delica beads size 12/0
    • dowel or knitting needle or thick straw or a paper tube-shape 
    • thread, needle
    • scissors and beading mat

    Weaving instructions for the tubular even-count peyote stitch:

    • take a length of thread, pick up 9 Delica beads, while leaving a generous thread tail to hold

    Odd-count tubular peyote - starting

    • to make a circle, stitch back through all the beads as well as one extra bead

    Odd-count tubular peyote - base, circle

    • put the circle over the right size dowel in the sense that the beads are aligning nicely
    • block the tail of your thread on the dowel with your fingers
    • just like with regular flat peyote, to create the first row, you *pick up a new bead, you skip a bead and you go through the next bead**

    Odd-count tubular peyote - first round on dowel

    • to ensure a tubular shape, tighten your thread so that every new bead stacks nicely on top of the preceding round of beads
    • repeat * ... ** three more times
    • at the end of the row, you will see two beads sitting next to each other at the same level

    Odd-count tubular peyote - end of row

    • to start the next round and close the gap, pick up a bead and go through the next bead which sticks out

    Odd-count tubular peyote - pick up, skip and thru the next bead

    • work slowly and carefully in the beginning and persevere as stitching will get easier
    • after a few rounds you can put the dowel aside
    • continue until you get the desired length

    Odd-count tubular peyote or odd-count spiral peyote

    Observation :

    • As you fill out the gap created by two beads sitting next to each other at the same level at the end of a row, you will always find one bead sticking out at the top of your work.  Therefore, it is advisable to use end caps to finish your necklace.

    Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads and findings at http://dunebeads.com/en/tiny-beads-seed-beads-and-delica ! :-)

    Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!

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    LEARN and CREATE – bangle bracelet in tubular even-count peyote stitch- Monday, October 31, 2016

    You have learned all about even-count flat peyote and are ready to attack the tubular version. Of course, you could just make a flat strip and zip it up, but for a rope necklace we surely recommend to use the tubular peyote stitch.
    Contrary to flat peyote, where you use mainly tubular beads, type Delica's, this may as well be a seed bead as a Delica project.

    tubular even count peyote

    Challenge:

    Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension.

    Supplies for the bangle bracelet in tubular peyote stitch:

    • Japanese seed beads size 8/0
    • dowel or knitting needle or thick straw or a paper tube-shape 
    • thread, needle
    • scissors and beading mat

    Weaving instructions for the tubular even-count peyote stitch:

    • to get yourself organized make little stacks of 4 beads

    tubular even count peyote - getting organized

    • take a length of thread and pick up 8 seed beads

    tubular even count peyote - starting

    • to make a circle, stitch back through all the beads as well as two extra beads

    tubular even count peyote - forming circle

    • put the circle over the right size dowel in the sense that the beads are aligning nicely
    • block the tail of your thread on the dowel with your fingers
    • to create the first row: *pick up a new bead, skip a bead and go through the next bead**

    tubular even count peyote - first round

    • this part is very much similar to flat peyote, but you will need to push the beads upwards to ensure a tubular shape
    • the moreover you have to regulate the thread tension so that every new bead stacks nicely on top of the preceding round
    • repeat * ... ** three more times
    • to go to the next row, make a step-up by going through the next bead in diagonal, that is also the one which sticks out

    tubular even count peyote - step-up

    • continue as before, pick up a new bead (here also a new color), skip a bead and go through the next bead
    • repeat * ... ** three more time and create the next step-up

    tubular even count peyote - 2nd round

    • do not forget to maintain sufficient tension in your thread
    • furthermore after each step-up you start a new little stack of beads (in our sample also another color)

    tubular even count peyote - upwards to next round

    • persevere during the first few rounds, as things will get easier in the next rounds
    • if you take a good look at the sides in vertical direction, you will see an alternation of ascending and descending lines
    • after four or five rounds, your tubular shape will be a given and you can remove the dowel

    tubular peyote

    • continue stitching till you have reached the desired length
    • connect the ends together as the teeth of a zipper by making diagonal passes through the beads

    In for a more dainty rope or bangle,

    • use Delica's in size 11/0 or seed beads in size 15/0
    • … and have fun alternating colors.

    Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads at http://dunebeads.com/en/tiny-beads-seed-beads-and-delica ! :-)

    Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!


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    LEARN and CREATE – the winged or flat spiral bracelet- Thursday, September 29, 2016

    Build out of a center with a set of identical mirroring and superposing wings, the flat spiral bracelet is delightfully easy to make. Its flexible drape permits you to convert it effortlessly into a stunning necklace.

    flat spiral bracelet

    Challenge:

    • Understanding the thread path of the flat spiral weave and learning to control its thread tension.

    Supplies for a winged bracelet in flat spiral weave:

    • 3 types of beads : 
      • 6x6 mm round Czech beads for the center or the spine, 
      • 4x4 mm round Czech beads for the outer edge of the spiral 
      • and 11/0 seed beads to connect them
    • thread, needle and toggle clasp
    • scissors and beading mat

    Weaving instructions for a flat spiral bracelet:

    • pick up: two 6 mm center beads, four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

    flat spiral bracelet - starting

    • circle back through the first two 6 mm beads
    • you have created your first wing

    flat spiral bracelet - first wing

    • repeat for the other side: pick up four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed bead

    flat spiral bracelet - set up second wing

    • circle back through the same two center beads

    flat spiral bracelet - creating second wing

    • push the wing to the opposite side so that both sides mirror each other
    • *to create the wing of the next segment: pick up a 6 mm center bead, four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

    flat spiral bracelet - set up first wing of additional set

    • circle back through the last two center beads
    • as a result, you have a part of the wing that superposes the previous one

    flat spiral bracelet - creating first wing additional set

    • keep in mind to check the thread tension repeatedly
    • create the other mirroring wing : pick up four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

    flat spiral bracelet - set up each second wing

    • go back through the last two center beads and push it to the opposite side**
    • you have created your second set of wings
    • to resume:

    • each wing is made of four seed beads, an outer edge bead and four seed beads
    • to grow the middle section, add one bead for the center at the beginning of the first wing of each set 
    • to circle back, you always go back through the last two center beads of your work

    flat spiral - thread path

    • repeat * to ** till you reached the desired length

    • as each set of wings holds down the other set, you will need yourself to attach the ultimate pair to the penultimate pair
    • attach a clasp … while using French wire or creating a little loop in seed beads
    • add a little loop in seed beads to attach your toggle bar: pick up 7 seed beads, the toggle bar and 7 seed beads
    • reinforce your loop by making several passes
    • go back through the beads of the center to add the second part of the toggle on the other side

    The dainty version:

    For a more elegant bracelet or for a pair of earrings use : 

    • 4x4 mm, round beads for the center, 
    • 3x3 mm round beads for the outer edge 
    • and 15/0 seed beads to connect

    and do not hesitate … to be creative with the color scheme of the outer edge.

    Ready to take the next step … get yourself the instructions for a round spiral necklace on http://dunebeads.com/en/kits-demonstrations !

    Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads on http://dunebeads.com/en/ ! :-)

    Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!

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    LEARN and CREATE - a beaded bracelet in flat vertical netting- Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    With the netting technique one creates a grid of diamonds, using, just like with lace, the negative space. The smaller the beads used, the more this technique makes your work resemble lace. The netting stitch may also form the basis for a richly decorated piece of work.

    beaded bracelet in flat vertical 9-bead netting

    For flat netting one determines either the width or the length of the workpiece in advance. As a result, you work with a fixed data and a variable data.

    This leads to two types of flat netting, namely:

    • vertical netting: the width of the piece is fixed and the length varies
    • horizontal netting: the length of the piece is fixed and the width varies

    The visual difference between the two kinds of netting:

    • vertical netting:

      • the opening of the crossover bead points vertically
      • the long diagonal of the diamond shape sits vertically
    • Horizontal netting:

      • the opening of the crossover bead points in horizontal direction
      • the long diagonal of the diamond sits horizontally

    Challenge:

    • To gain understanding of the weave pattern of flat vertical netting and to learn to control the thread tension of it.

    Supplies for the stretchy bracelet in right angle weave:

    • opt for two types of small beads or for two different colors
    • for example, go for 3 mm beads or seed beads 8/0
    • a stopper bead in a different size or distinct color
    • thread, needle and toggle
    • scissors and beading surface

    Weaving instructions for a bracelet in 5-bead netting:

    • to keep it simple, you should choose a different color or bigger bead for the crossover bead
    • for reasons of clarity, we have used 4 mm beads in the pictures hereafter
    • cut of about 2 meters of thread and fix a stopper bead by going twice through it at 10-15 cm from the end
    • pick up a crossover bead and two other beads and repeat this 8 times in total

    flat vertical netting - starting

    • make a U-turn and head back through the forth crossover bead

    flat vertical netting - 1st U-turn

    • herewith you have created the first diamond shape
    • note that to make a U-turn, you need a turning bead and that each segment consists of two beads, a crossover bead and two beads
    • if you do not make a U-turn, a segment is made of two beads, a crossover bead and two beads, hence its name 5-beaded netting
    • *pick up a segment or 2 beads, a crossover bead and 2 beads

    flat vertical netting - pick up one unit

    • skip a crossover bead and go through the next crossover bead**
    • pull constantly on the thread in order to maintain the checker pattern
    • repeat from * to **

    flat vertical netting - create the first row

    • you'll notice that you created a series of waves
    • on the edge of each wave you are going to attach the next diamond shape

    flat vertical netting - waves to build upon

    • so never go through the middle crossover beads of the wave
    • create the next U-turn: pick up 2 beads, 1 crossover bead, 2 beads, an extra crossover bead for the U-turn and 2 more beads

    flat vertical netting - creating a new U-turn

    • in short: you pick up 8 beads, that is, one segment, one crossover bead and 2 extra beads
    • pass through the first crossover bead on the edge of the next wave

    flat vertical netting - top view of U-turn

    • pick up the next segment (2 beads, a crossover bead and 2 beads)
    • pass through the crossover bead in the middle of the edge of the next wavelet
    • create the next segment and pull firmly on the thread
    • make another U-turn and continue till you reached the desired length
    • persevere as the first two rows are the hardest

    Note: you may modify the amount of beads between the crossover beads at will.

    flat vertical netting with 9-bead segments


    Enjoy and choose your favorite beads on http://dunebeads.com/en/czech-faceted-round-beads-3x3-mm ! :-)

    Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!

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