In honour of National Beading Week, tutor Penny Akester has provided step-by-step instructions for creating a Dutch spiral rope which can be used for necklaces or bracelets.
The rope is a super quick and simple introduction to stitched beading – it uses one repeated stitch which allows you to get used to stitching and keeping the tension even, while creating a great bracelet.
Materials for bracelet
Bugle beads – A – approx 10g
Size 11 seed beads – B – approx 5g Clasp
Beading thread e.g. Nymo
Beading Needle size 10
Cut a length of thread approx 1.5m long.
Tip out a small pile of each bead onto your bead mat.
Adding a clasp
Use a clasp with a solid loop (some are split to be able to attach to jump rings etc) as a split would allow the thread to slip through and come loose.
Use the tail from the start of the beading to add the other half of the clasp in exactly the same way, then finish off all the ends of threads neatly by weaving them through the beads, and your bracelet is ready to wear.
Try different colour arrangements or different sizes or shapes of beads for different effects. You can also do more complicated variations by swapping out the bugles for a crystal or a series of different seed beads. You can also try using different beads for the corner beads – try drop beads, or bicones for different looks.
Using different numbers of sides will also give different looks – instead of a three sided tube, you could try 4 or 5 sides and see what difference it makes to the look and feel of the rope.