African helix necklace with brick-stitched bail

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Named for the DNA helix shape it mimics, this stitch supposedly came to the United States from Africa in the 1980s. A bit of a ???step up??? challenge for beginners, it is worth learning to create the spiraling, supple rope, so perfect for necklaces or bracelets. Make a brick-stitched bail for a favorite focal bead to complete this eye-catching necklace! Pattern of rope shown here courtesy of author and artist Diane Fitzgerald. Learn brick stitch with our Bead by Bead on page 4.
Required Materials: Seed beads, discs, shank button, beading thread, beading wax, head pin, focal bead. See project for complete list.
Tools Needed: Needle, scissors, straw, round-nose pliers, wire cutters. See project for complete list.
Techniques Used: African Helix, Brick Stitch
Finished Size: 20" rope, 1" bail with 1 1???2" focal bead.
Step by Step Beads, November/December 2008

SKU: EP1377

Author/Speaker/Editor: Victoria Pearman

Format: eProject