Cellini Spiral Stitch Instructions

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Cellini Spiral Stitch Instructions
Use seed beads to create a complex-looking Cellini spiral stitch. (multicoloured beads, background from beads image by 26kot from Fotolia.com)

Cellini spiral stitch is a form of beadweaving using different sizes of beads to create a pronouced spiral effect around a tube of beads. It is a variation of peyote beadweaving, which stitches layers of beads together to form a solid fabric or tube. According to "The Best of Bead & Button: Peyote Stitch Beading Projects," the stitch was named in honour of Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th century Italian artist known for crafting elaborate architectural columns. The Cellini spiral stitch is commonly used to create bracelets and necklaces.

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Things you need

  • Beading needle
  • Beading thread
  • Seed beads in three sizes and colours

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  1. 1

    Cut off a 36-inch length of beading thread and thread your beading needle.

  2. 2

    String six small, four medium, two large, then four medium seed beads on your needle and pull them down onto your thread, holding the tail of your thread so the beads do not slip off the end. Pull the beads down the thread, leaving a 6-inch tail.

  3. 3

    Push the tip of the needle back through the first two small beads you strung to create a loop. Using the working end of the thread, secure the loop with a square knot between the second and third beads.

  4. 4

    String a small bead, then weave your needle through the fourth small bead on the loop. String another small bead and weave your needle through the sixth small bead on the loop. String one more small seed bead.

  5. 5

    Weave your needle down though the second medium bead. The last small bead should be sitting on top of the first medium bead. Keep your beads flat and the tension, going around the outside of the original loop during the initial rounds, according to Need for Beads.

  6. 6

    String a medium bead, skip a medium bead and go through the fourth medium bead. Pick up a second medium bead and weave through the second large bead. The last medium bead should be over the first large bead.

  7. 7

    Pick up a large bead with your needle. Skip the first medium bead in the series and weave your needle through the second medium bead. The large bead should be over the first medium bead in the series. Pick up a medium bead, skip a bead and run the needle through the last medium bead. String one more medium bead and weave down into the second small bead on the original loop.

  8. 8

    Tighten your thread to pull the beads into a tube. You should see you actually have three layers of beads. The beads should fit one on top of the other in an alternating pattern like bricks.

  9. 9

    Add and weave beads in the same alternating pattern for as many additional rows as you like. The beads should stair step around so the last bead of one type in the pattern is on top of the first bead of the next type in the series to create a dimensional spiral.

Tips and warnings

  • The greater the difference between the sizes of seed bead used, the more pronounced the shape of your spiral.

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