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Monday, June 15, 2015

The versatile Cellini spiral



Many times when I'm between projects, I will simply pick out some beads and start a beadweaving pattern with them.  I particularly enjoy doing this when I don't have to think about the pattern too much, and can thus allow my mind to wander freely until it hits on whatever the next major project will be.

The best part of this type of wool-gathering?  I usually end up with a piece that I can use sometime down the road!

My most recent "thinking with my hands" session involved stitching up this Cellini spiral tube.  Will it end up being a bracelet?  Part of a necklace?  A sculptural piece?  I don't know yet :-)




If you know how to do tubular even count peyote stitch, you're all set with the Cellini spiral. Make a circle with undulating sized beads in pairs. Tie a knot and reinforce your base by stitching through it again. The rules are simple: For the current row you are stitching, pick up the same bead that you have just exited in the row below. When you get to the end of the row, you will have to step up to start the next row, but that's the only thing that is even remotely tricky about Cellini spiral.




Happy stitching!  And let me know if you have a great idea about what I should do with this piece...it's about 8 inches long.

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2 comments:

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

That design just screams necklace to me. It's beautiful, Cyndi!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Eileen...that's sort of the direction I've been thinking ever since posting it.

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