Friday, September 2, 2016

Snowflake stitch exploration


This pattern is inspired by my snowflake patterns. The stitch has been used in almost all my snowflake patterns. Usually I use this stitch in the Round with a circle of 3, 5 and 7 beads, with the top bead, added after the even round of beads of 2, 4 or 6, for a point or to attach the next round. I have also used this with my necklace patterns in a similar form. 

When working on my exploration of the stitch, I added a variation taking out the horizontal beads. This helps the piece to lay flatter. Great for making a bracelet. It gives it a different look too. I think doing this version would be more versatile too for styling other patterns  

I started this tutorial a couple of years ago and lost the file. I recently found the pattern again and decided to put it here on my free pattern blog. This design is done flat rather than working in a Round as the snowflakes are worked. This design it is very flexible because you can mix amounts of your base with the 3, 5 or 7 beads (I will show you in a later photo). 

In the future I hope to have some patterns designed using this snowflake stitch. If you have any ideas please email me and I will post them here and at Facebook.

It could also need a name. Any ideas?


A = Miyuki, 11° SEED beads, any color
B = Miyuki, 11° SEED beads, any color

Start by waxing and stretching your thread, use Nymo D or C-Lon & a #11 or #12 beading needle. I used Fireline 6lb. crystal.  Tie in a "stopper" bead, leaving about an 12" tail and begin at step #1.
 

1. Pick up 5A, go with thread forward through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd A just added.
2. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 4th, 5th and 1st A beads, step #1.

3. Pick up 2B, 5A, go with thread forward through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd A just added.

4. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 4th, 5th and 1st A beads, step #3.

5. Continue by repeating steps #3 and #4 for the width that you would like.


6.
Pick up 4A, go with thread left to right through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.
7. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, step #6, and left to right through the B bead in the previous row as shown.



8.
Pick up 2B, go with thread left to right through the next B bead in the previous row as shown.


9.
Pick up 4A, go with thread left to right through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.
10. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, step #9, and left to right through the B bead in the previous row as shown.


11.
Continue by repeating steps #8, #9 and #10 to the other end.



12.
Pick up 4A, go with thread right to left through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.




13.
Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, step #12, and right to left through the B bead in the previous row as shown.

14.
a) Pick up 2B, go with thread right to left through the next B bead in the previous row as shown. b) Pick up 4A, go with thread right to left through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.


15.
Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, step #14a, and right to left through the B bead in the previous row as shown.





16.
Continue by repeating steps #14a, #14b and #15 to the other end.
17. Continue rows by repeating steps #8 through #16 until you reach the length the yuo would like.
18. After completing your final row and a row of 2 B beads between the picot beads in the last row.




 
1. Pick up 5A, go with thread forward through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd A just added.
 
2. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 4th and 5th, step #1.
 
3. Pick up 5A, go with thread forward through the 1st and 2nd A just added.
 
4. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, added in the last step.
 
5. Continue by repeating steps #3 and #4 for the width that you would like.

Following the green dotted line in illustration, go with thread up and forward through the 5th, 1st and 2nd A beads, and left to right through the 1 B bead as shown.
 


6.
Pick up 4A, go with thread left to right through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.
 


7.
Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, added in the last step.
 
8. Pick up 4A, go with thread left to right through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.
 
9. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, added in the last step.
 
10. Continue row by repeating steps #8 and #9 to the other end.

Following the green dotted line in illustration, go with thread up and forward through the B bead in the previous row, the 1st and 2nd A beads, and right to left through the 1 B bead as shown.
 


11.
Pick up 4A, go with thread right to left through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.
 
12. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, added in the last step.
 
13. Pick up 4A, go with thread right to left through the B bead in the previous row and up through the 1st and 2nd A beads just added.
 
14. Pick up 1B, go with thread down (forward) through the 3rd and 4th A beads, added in the last step.
 
15. Continue row by repeating steps #13 and #14 to the other end.

Following the green dotted line in illustration, go with thread up and forward through the B bead in the previous row, the 1st and 2nd A beads, and left to right through the 1 B bead as shown.
 
13. Continue your piece by repeating steps #11 through #15 until you reach the length that you would like.

This sample shows the different amount of beads in the row and what it looks like.





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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beaded Nepal Chain Stitch Tutorial


The Nepal Chain Stitch is so pretty and yet so easy to bead. I have always liked this stitch for the ease of making it. You can make a bracelet in less than an hour. I have also given you instructions to make the little toggle closure. You can even wear it in the front for a little extra sparkle. 

When starting your piece, leave a tail thread of about 12 inches. You will be using this thread later for adding the other end of your closure.


I broke step #2 and then #3 into 2 steps because you need to do each part completely before moving to the 2nd part. Doing this step this way helps with the thread not showing as much when the piece is finished.

A = Miyuki, 11° SEED bead, pink
B = Miyuki, 11° SEED bead, green
C = 4 mm Fire-polished crystal

Start by waxing and stretching your thread, use Nymo D or C-Lon & 
a #11 or #12 beading needle. I used Fireline 6lb. crystal. 
Tie in a "stopper" bead, leaving about an 12" tail and begin at step #1.

 
1. Pick up 3B, 5A, go with thread down thorough the 3rd and 2nd B beads, and then up through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd B beads just added.
2. a) Pick up 3B, 5A, go with thread down through the 3 B beads, pull up thread snug before moving onto the second part of this step.
b) Continue with working thread up through the 5th A bead added in the last step. Pull up working thread snug.
3. a) Pick up 3B, 5A, go with thread down through the 3 B beads, pull up thread snug before moving onto the second part of this step.
b) Continue with working thread up through the 5th A bead added in the last step. Pull up working thread snug.








4. Continue by repeating steps #2a through #3b until you reach the length that you would like. To follow the illustrations either flip your piece to march the diagram or end after repeating a step #2b.

5. To start toggle closure, Pick up 2B, go with thread up thorough the 3rd B bead and the 1st and 2nd A beads as shown.
6. Pick up 2B, 5A, go with thread down through the 2 B beads, pull up thread snug before moving onto the next step.
7. Pick up 3B, 5A, go with thread down through the 3rd and 2nd B beads, pull up thread snug.
8. Pick up 3B, 5A, go with thread down through the 3rd and 2nd B beads, pull up thread snug.
9. Pick up 2B, follow the thread path in illustration through with working thread, coming out at the 5 A beads added in step #6.
10. a) Pick up 1C, go with thread around through the 5 A beads, step #7. b) Pick up 1C, go with thread around through the 5 A beads, step #8. Continue with working thread around through the toggles beads several times to add strength. Weave the working thread into your piece and end.
11. Go to the other end of your piece and remove the stopper bead. Put your thread tail on a needle and Pick up 5B, go with thread down through the 2nd and 3rd B beads, step #2, the 2nd and 3rd B beads, step #1 and the 1st and 2nd B beads just added in this step.
12. Pick up 17B (adjust this number of beads if you need to), go with thread through the 1st and 2nd B beads, step #11. Continue with working thread around through the loop beads several times to add strength. Weave the working thread into your piece and end.



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