This week is a necklace I made for my mum for her birthday. It’s a Cellini Spiral, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I think one of the things I love most about this necklace is that it looks very complicated, but in fact it’s a very simple stitch performed over and over.
It’s just a circular peyote stitch worked using different sized beads.
There are quite a few tutorials on You Tube for this type of bead work so if you’re interested in learning, you should check some of them out!
One of the best things about this stitch is that you can use pretty much any beads you like. Provided you have some small beads and some larger ones, you’re going to get the cool spiral effect.
The beads I used:
Size 15 black seed beads
Size 11 silver Delica beads
Size 11 red Mill Hill beads
Size 10 black triangle seed beads
Size 8 frosted red seed beads
It takes a long time to stitch – I think this represents about 12 hours of work. I really hope my mum likes it!
Have a great week!
This week is something that I actually worked on for a few weeks – this wasn’t an overnight job, trust me!
The design for this beautiful necklace came from this issue of Beadwork magazine. I own it as a hard copy and I seriously can’t recommend it highly enough. The designs in it are absolutely beautiful.
Work in progress
This was certainly not the easiest necklace I’ve ever stitched, but like most bead weaving, it relies on making lots of simple smaller components which get added together to make the final stunning piece.
The first step was to bezel each of the glass pearls, then each wave is stitched as two separate pieces which are connected together in the middle. Sounds simple right? Each full wave took me approximately 45 minutes to create, and I was doing it during my daughter’s nap times. Sometimes the naps did not last 45 minutes……sigh!
Still in progress…….
It’s lovely to wear and suits my neck just fine, but I think if I was making this for someone else I’d add 2 more waves just to make sure it would fit them.
Close-up of the waves
Close-up of the bezel
Have a terrific week!
I made this earring and pendant set a few weeks ago using the same beads I used for the Russian stitch earring and pendant set.
I was inspired to make these after watching a few videos on You Tube on how to work the stitch. You can find some very ornate examples on there, but I quite like the simplicity of the plain triangles against the black.
These are currently for sale on my Etsy store if you’re interested in them 🙂
The yellow/orange delicas are stitched using peyote, while the black delicas are stitched using herringbone.
Front of pendant
The earrings have the same pattern on the front and the back, while the pendant has a plain back.
Back of pendant
Have a great week!
This week is another pair of earrings I made. The stitch is the same as the Russian leaf earring and pendant set I showed you a few weeks ago, but this one uses triangle Miyuki beads around the edge.
I like the effect the triangle beads give, they remind me of something a fortune-teller would wear!
These are currently for sale on my Etsy shop, so if you’re interested in owning them, pop over and check them out!
This week is a bracelet made from a pattern I bought from a company called the Bead Shack who had a stand at the craft fair. I only bought the pattern (rather than the whole kit) because I have loads of beads in my stash that I could use.
The pattern was very easy to follow and all of the steps were well outlined. I’d never attempted herringbone stitch before, so this was a new thing for me! It worked up very quickly and I’d finished the bracelet in 2 days.
- Black Delicas – size 11
- Denim blue Delicas – size 11
- Black seed beads – size 15 (for the edges)
- Blue glass beads – size 3mm
As mentioned, this was (surprisingly) simple to make, I think having the large 3mm bead in the centre helps to work the bracelet up quickly. I’d love to make another, much longer version and turn it into a belt…..one day!