How to Bead a Flat Spiral Stitch Bracelet
Part 2-Double Row
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I guess this would be considered Part 2 of my original Flat Spiral Stitch blog which covered the details of the basic single row. This is actually the very first stitch I learned when my sister in law and I took our first beading class at Heart Beads Jewelry in Salt Lake.
What you will need for a 7 inch double row bracelet:
-About 84 of 4 mm Czech Fire-Polished glass beads. 4 mm pearls or bi cone crystals work too, but please keep in mind the bracelet will look a little different.
-About 126 of 3mm Czech Fire-Polished glass beads and again, 3mm pearls or crystals are good also. Mix up the colors to give it your flare!
-5 grams of sized 15 seed beads
-Size 12 or 13 beading needle. You will be running through the size 15 seed beads a couple of times at the end to put on your clasp.
-About 5 yards of FireLine or whatever beading thread you would like to use. I prefer FireLine because it doesn’t fray as much and I just like the way it feels.
-Clasp ( I used a multi-strand barrel clasp on this tutorial)
Couple of notes about this project:
-Knowledge of half hitch knots will be helpful ( I have included links)
-There is a front and back to this, so make sure you keep the front side on the front.
If you need a smaller or bigger size, here’s how to calculate:
1 inch equals to 6 of the 4mm Fire polished beads. So for a 6 inch bracelet, you will need 6 inches times 6 beads equals 36. Double that amount for the 3 mm and you need 42 of the 3mm.
For an 8 inch bracelet-8 inches times 6 beads is 48 of the 4mm, double that is 96 for the 3mm.
Let’s get started!
1. Pick up two 4 mm fire polish and add to your FireLine. Make sure to keep it least 10- 12 inch from the end of your line to put the clasp on when you are finished.
2. Pick up 5 size 15/0 seed beads, a 3mm fire polish and 5 more size 15/0 seed beads.
3. Come up the BOTTOM of the two 4 mm fire polish, keeping the 10-12 inch tail on the bottom
4. Bring your needle up through them, forming a loop. Keep your string somewhat tight as the bead work will tend to loosen as you go. Pick up 5 seed beads, one 3 mm and 5 seed beads. Come back up through the bottom of the two 4 mm and up through the top making another loop for the other side.
5. You should now have a loop on each side of the two center 4 mm, somewhat of a butterfly shape. Push the loops on either side to make them sit as flat as possible. ***Start repeat from here***** Next, add one 4 mm.
6. Pick up 5 size 15/0 seed beads, one 3mm, 5 more 15/0 seed beads and come through the bottom of the TOP two 4MM beads.
7. It should form a loop around the right side of the top two 4MM and should sit slightly stacked above the previous loop on the right side. Make sure to keep this side up as this will now start to have a back and front. Pick up 5 more size 15/0 seed beads, a 3mm, and 5 size 15/0 seed beads and bring your needle up through the top two 4mm again.
8. Push the loop to the left side, so you have a loop on the left and right of the top 4MM fire polish beads. *Make sure you keep this side up through out the length of the bracelet. ******End of Repeat****
You will continue to repeat steps 8 through 12 until you reach the desired length of your bracelet. In summary, after the beginning two 4mm beads, you will do your loops and then add a 4MM, two loops on either side of the top two 4MM, add a 4MM, do two loops on either side and just keep going. *If you are adding a second/double row, keep all tail and end threads at this point!!* You will use these to add clasps. For single row, add clasp at this point.
Adding a second row (double row):
This is very similar to what we just covered. There are a couple of differences that I will point out when we get to them.
9. Pull approximately 2 ½ yards of Fireline and thread your needle. Add two 4MM beads to your thread, keeping approximately a 10-12 inch tail for the clasp.
10. Pick up 5 size 15/0 seed beads, a 3mm bead and 5 size 15/0 seed beads. Bring your needle up through the bottom of the two 4 mm beads and out the top, forming a loop on the right side of the two 4mm beads. Pull your thread to tighten loop.
11. *HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE* Pick up ONLY 4 size 15/0 seed beads. We are now going to connect this with the single row we just made (left)by bringing your needle down through the first 3mm bead, including both the top and bottom seed bead touching the 3MM bead, so a total of 3 beads. Basically, we are going to share the top seed bead touching the 3MM, the 3MM and bottom seed bead with this second row.
Here’s what it should look like when you pull your thread.
12. Next, pick up ONLY 4 size 15/0 seed beads. Bring your needle up through the two 4MM beads on the right that you just started with for your second row.
13. Pull your thread. It should look similar to this.
14. *******Start of repeat***********Add a 4MM bead to your line. Pick up 5 size 15/0 seed beads, a 3MM bead and 5 size 15/0 seed beads.
15. Bring your needle up through the bottom of the top two 4MM beads and out the top, forming a loop on the right side of the top two 4MM beads.
16. Pull to tighten right side loop. Pick up ONLY 4 size 15/0 seed beads.
17. Bring your needle down through the top seed bead of the 3MM bead, the 3MM bead and the bottom seed bead that is ABOVE the one you already connected with. *This is where it can get tricky if you’re not careful. Make sure you always go through the next beads just above where the previous loop was made. Sometimes it looks like the next one is the one sitting right next to where to you are working, but it may be just a little lower than where you are looking. If you miss a 3MM bead, the bracelet will start to curve.
18. Pick up 4 size 15/0 seed beads. Bring your needle up through the bottom of the top two 4MM beads on the right row and out the top, forming a loop on the left side of the top two 4MM beads. Pull thread to tighten loop. ****END OF REPEAT****
19. From here to the remainder of the bracelet, you will repeat steps 14-18.
Recap–Add your next 4MM Fire Polish. Pick up 5 size 15/0 seed beads, a 3mm bead and 5 size 15/0 seed beads. Bring your needle up through the bottom of the top two 4 mm beads and out the top, forming a loop on the right side of the top two 4mm beads.
Pick up 4 size 15/o seed beads. Bring your needle down through the top seed bead of the 3mm bead, the 3MM bead and the bottom seed bead that is ABOVE the one you already connected with.
Pick up size 15/0 seed beads. Bring your needle up through the bottom of the top two 4MM beads on the right row and out the top, forming a loop on the left side of the top two 4MM beads. Pull thread to tighten loop
Adding a clasp:
I am not going into great detail here but do want to touch some on how to add the clasp on this bracelet for those who are just getting started with beading. You will need to understand how to do a half hitch knots (instructions not included). I usually use the multi-strand barrell sliding clasp but you can use whatever you are comfortable with.
Thread your needle with one of the threads coming out of the ends. You should have a total of 4 (two on each end) Pick up TEN size 15/0 seed beads and thread one side of the clasp.
Bring your needle down through the top two 4 mm fire polish.
Bring your needle up through all beads in the right loop back up to the end of your bracelet where you added your clasp.
Go back through the seed beads and clasp to reinforce loop.
Bring your needle down through the two 4MM beads again below the clasp, and up through the left side loop this time. Go back through the clasp again, then down through the bracelet a few 4 MM beads. Do a series of half hitch knots to finish and cut. Repeat for the remainder 3 ends.