Black Magic

Spiral Stitch Variation

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This interwoven structure of crystal bicones and charlotte seed beads is a variation of the spiral rope stitch. Worked with too few stitches to form a spiral, rows are left flat and worked with shared beads, creating a mysterious undulating texture. Beware what these shadows hide. Liz thanks her friend, and master beader, Corinne Loomer, for helping her master the stitches used in this project.
Required Materials: Black charlottes, bicones, sliding clasp, braided beading thread. See project for complete list.
Tools Needed: Needles, scissors. See project for complete list.
Techniques Used: Spiral Stitch
Originally Published: Beadwork, February/March 2007

SKU: EP0258

Author/Speaker/Editor: Liz Smith

Format: eProject

Customer Reviews

I <3 this pattern Review by Kacey Jenkins

I've made two different color versions of this bracelet, plus adapted the pattern to use 6mm rounds and size 8 seed beads instead of some of the crystals. It's so easy to make and looks beautiful. People will think it was harder to make than it was because it looks so intricate. :) I'd recommend it to anyone.

(Posted on 7/17/11)

Black Magic Review by Julie Anstaett

When I first saw this, I told myself, "Self, you HAVE to make this"! I''m new to beading, and am mostly into bead embroidery, but this was too pretty to pass up. I have to say that for an intermediate beginner, this was a very worthwhile project. A little awkward to start and awkward on the start of the next row, but now that I''ve done it it''ll be a snap to do again in other colors! I''ll probably end up with loads of these beautiful bracelets! I will caution anyone who hasn''t worked with size 15 beads...they''re a bugger. And, to top it all off, charlottes are not that easy to find, and are very NOT uniform in size. I spent 50% of my time discarding beads I couldn''t even fit over a size 15 needle.

(Posted on 1/8/10)