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Favorite Bead Stitches


Boost your jewelry-making skills with a fabulous treasury of bead designs, including tips and how-tos in the beaders' favorite stitches such as peyote, herringbone, and right-angle weave. Enhance your seed-bead designs with expert tips from top designers and step-by-step instructions on how to make 23 necklaces, 15 bracelets, and 3 pairs of earrings!

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timeless design

My sister is the one who first got me hooked on beading. As a newly-married twenty-something, I enjoyed my occasional weekend escapes, when we’d spend hours sitting on the floor of my sister’s apartment crafting simple strung designs. It was she who took me to the bead store for the first time, where I gazed, starry eyed, at the beautiful stitched cuffs on display. And it was my sister who, when I told her I’d just gotten a job working for Beadwork magazine, held up her April/May 2007 issue, exclaiming “This magazine?!” I can still see that minty green cover in my mind’s eye, and I can still feel my astonishment that I’d soon spend my days in the midst of such remarkable talent and beautiful beaded designs!Now here we…

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monreale necklace

TECHNIQUEStubular, circular, and flat peyote stitchladder stitchbrick stitchSt. Petersburg chainPROJECT LEVEL £££MATERIALS5 g metallic gold size 15° seed beads (A)15 g matte metallic gold size 11° cylinder beads (B)5 g metallic blue size 11° cylinder beads (C)5 g matte ruby size 11° cylinder beads (D)5 g matte metallic green size 11° cylinder beads (E)5 g metallic bronze/lavender size 11° cylinder beads (F)44 lapis 2mm stone rounds (G)37 emerald 3×2mm stone rondelles (H)1 lapis 10×3mm stone coin2 kyanite 10×3mm stone coins Clear plastic wrap Gold size D Nymo or One-G nylon beading threadTOOLSScissorsSize 10 beading needle and size 12 sharp needleDouble-sided tapeFINISHED SIZE19"Fig. 1: Forming Rounds 1–6 of the bezelFig. 2: Adding the lapis coin to the beadworkFig. 3: Stitching Round of the bezelFig. 4: Stitching Rounds 1–6 of the blue…

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infinity cuff

TECHNIQUESflat and cubic right-angle weavetubular peyote stitchpicotPROJECT LEVEL £££MATERIALS15 g metallic gold size 11° seed beads (A)190 crystal metallic light gold 2X 3mm crystal bicones (B)2 silver 6mm sew-on snap setsSmoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading threadTOOLSScissorsSize 11 beading needleFINISHED SIZE7½" (stretches to 8")Fig. 1: Forming Cube 1Fig. 2: Stitching Cube 2Fig. 3: Connecting Cube 40 to Cube 1 to form a ringFig. 4: Forming Units 1–9 of the center bandFig. 5: Completing Unit 10 of the center band while capturing the ringFig. 6: Edging the center band1) RINGS. Form a cubic-right-angleweave ring:Cube 1: Use 6' of thread to string 4A, leaving a 6" tail. Tie the working and tail threads together to form a tight circle. Pass through the first 2A strung to form the first face of the…

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jeweled links

TECHNIQUEcubic right-angle weavePROJECT LEVEL £££MATERIALS5 g metallic purple iris size 15° seed beads (A)5 g metallic light green size 11° seed beads (B)15 g metallic purple iris size 11° seed beads (C)20 g metallic purple iris size 8° seed beads (D)110 metallic purple iris 4mm drop beads (E)90 light green 3mm crystal pearls (F)8 olivine 3mm crystal bicones (G)9 olivine 6mm crystal bicones (H)2 silver 5×9mm magnetic claspsSmoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading threadTOOLSScissorsSize 12 beading needlesChain-nose pliersFINISHED SIZE7½"Fig. 1: Forming the front layer, Cube 1Fig. 2: Connecting the cubes into a rectangular frame1) FRONT LAYER. Use size 8° seed beads and cubic right-angle weave to stitch an open rectangular base that forms the front of the frame:Note: Use chain-nose pliers to maneuver the needle as necessary.Cube 1, bottom: Use…

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bella necklace

TECHNIQUEStwo-needle right-angle weavenettingstringingPROJECT LEVEL ££¡MATERIALS3 g metallic gold size 11° seed beads (A)56 amethyst 4mm crystal bicones (B)49 crystal dorado 2X 6mm crystal bicones (C)70 soft gold 6mm crystal pearls (D)1 gold 7×22mm fancy hook-and-eye claspSmoke 8 lb FireLine braided beading threadTOOLSScissors2 size 10 or 12 beading needlesFINISHED SIZE15¼"Fig. 1: Forming Base Units 1 and 2Fig. 2: Adding Embellishment Unit 1Fig. 3: Stitching Embellishment Unit 2Fig. 4: Adding the pearl strands and the base units of Component 21) COMPONENT 1. Use two-needle rightangle weave for the component base and netting embellishment:Base Unit 1: Place a needle at each end of 7' of thread. Use the right needle to string 3C; use the left needle to string 1C. Use the left needle to pass back through the third C strung with…

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caño cristales bracelet

TECHNIQUEScircular peyote stitch variation right-angle weave variationPROJECT LEVEL ££¡MATERIALS1 g opaque golden olive luster size 15°Japanese seed beads (A)1 g magenta Duracoat size 11° Japaneseseed beads (B)7 g magic apple 3.8×1mm O beads (C)5 g pastel burgundy 5×2.5mm 2-holeSuperDuos (D)4 g pastel lime 5×2.5mm 2-hole SuperDuos (E)38 olive 2.5×1.5mm crystal rondelles (F)54 metallic amethyst 3mm fire-polishedrounds (G)1 gunmetal 16×10mm 2-strand tube claspSmoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading threadTOOLSScissorsSize 12 beading needleFINISHED SIZE7 ¾ "Fig. 1: Stitching Rounds 1–3 of a componentFig. 2: Adding Rounds 4–6 of a componentBack of braceletFig. 3: Working Round 7 of a componentFig. 4: Adding Round 8 of a componentartist’s tipIf the beads become difficult to pass through, switch to a sharp (short) needle or a smaller (thinner) needle.1) COMPONENTS. Use a variation of circular peyote…