Spiral rope stitch is a beadweaving stitch which gives the impression of a twisted bead rope. Spiral rope stitch looks particularly effective if you use two contrasting colors to accentuate the rope-like pattern, such as red with a twist of gold or silver metallic seed beads, or black beads with a white twist. This is a versatile stitch that you can use to make many projects. You can work it with seed beads or Delica beads. Delica beads have straighter walls and are more even in size, giving a more regular weave.
Things You'll Need
- Large seed beads or Delica beads in at least two colors
- Strong beading thread such as Nymo Size A
- Beading needle (optional)
Cut a length of beading thread, three feet long or more. Do not cut less than this, as spiral rope stitch uses up thread quickly; if you cut your beading thread too short, you will have to stop and tie on more beading thread more often than necessary. Tie on a stop bead (a bead that isn't part of your design which serves to stop the other beads slipping off the thread) leaving a four-inch tail.
String four beads in your core color to form the body of the spiral rope. String three beads in your outer color to twist around the body of the spiral rope. Bring the thread back around, pass it through the body beads and out next to the core beads. Pull the beads into a closed loop.
String one core bead and three outer beads. Bring the thread around again and pass it up through the last three core beads you strung as well as the new core bead. Pull the thread taut so the new outer beads lie snugly against the core.
Repeat this pattern, adding one new core bead and three new outer beads with each pass, to make the spiral rope.
Add new sections of thread when your current thread has a few inches left. Cut a new section of thread. Weave the tail through the beadwork until around two inches below the point at which you stopped weaving. Continue working using the new thread. When you have made an inch or two of spiral rope, weave the end of your old thread up through the beadwork you've woven on the new one. Make sure your weaving is secure so the sections won't pull apart.
Weave in the same pattern until you have a sufficient length of spiral rope to go around your wrist. Add a fastening to each end, tying them tightly to the thread. Weave any extra thread back into the design.
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