Zig-Zagging Cellini Spiral Beadwoven Bracelet

Alternating Peyote Cellini Spiral Bead Weaving Pattern

How to Bead Weave an Alternating Cellini Spiral Bracelet

Happy Holidays! First off, I want to thank every one of you for your support with pattern purchases and also  following, sharing, and visiting my blog, Facebook page and stores in 2012– You are TRULY appreciated!

This may be a little late to make as a gift but thought it would be a great bead weaving pattern for the holidays. I beaded this chunky blue  and silver bracelet for my daughter’s teacher earlier this year. Originally, a good friend of mine asked me how to start a Cellini spiral and I had to start one in order to tell her how to do it but then just kept going. I had seen small sections of the zig-zagging (or mitered?) Cellini done in finished bead work but wanted to figure out how to make it into a full bracelet. My instructions include the beads I used and the way I did it but I’m sure there are other/better ways of doing this. It is very simple, especially if you already know how to bead a Cellini spiral; you just switch directions  to create the “V”s. I am including step-by-step instructions for those of you who don’t already know how to bead the spiral or just beginning with bead weaving.

Here are some other sites I found this Cellini at:

Bead and Button Forum

Cindy Cohn’s Twist retwist

Carl’s Beading Table Blog

Here’s one for the flat alternating Cellini spiral

http://www.biser.info/node/320422

***Free download of the PDF version of this tutorial is now available in my Craftsy store (you will need to open a free account.)

Supplies-Please note these are approximate on colors. I have listed in parenthesis how I will refer to the beads in the tutorial.

  1. 3 grams Miyuki Round size 15/0  Silver lined Capri Blue #15-25 ( blue 15/0)
  2. 3 grams Miyuki Round size 15/0 Crystal Transparent AB #15-250(crystal 15/0)
  3. 4 to 5 grams  Miyuki Round size 11/0 Opaque White #11-402 (white 11/0 )
  4. 4 to 5  grams Miyuki Round size 11/0 Silver lined Frosted Sapphire #11-19F (blue 11/0)
  5. 10 grams  Miyuki Round size 8/0  Silver Lined Matte Cobalt Blue # 8-20F ( blue 8/0)
  6. 1 gram Miyuki Round size 11/0 Silver lined Matte Cobalt Blue #11-20F  or similar to blue 8/0 (dark blue 11/0)
  7. 5 to 6 grams Miyuki Round Duracoat Galvanized Silver #8-4201 (used in the finished bracelet above and recommend these if you are just starting out) OR 3MM AB clear  Czech  Fire Polish (used for the instructions in this tutorial–I ran out of silver 8/0s but the fire polish worked too.) ( silver 8/0)
  8. 1 gram Miyuki Round size 11/0 Duracoat Galvanized Silver #11-4201  OR Silver lined Crystal #11-1 if using clear fire polish. Again, these need to be similar to the silver 8/0s  (silver 11/0)
  9. Clasp
  10. Nymo D dark blue thread and wax or FireLine, size 12 beading needle, scissors

*There are a lot of instructions and I may have over-complicated things by doing this step by step. Directions below simply put, you bead 14 rounds of regular peyote spiral for the Cellini. On the last bead of the 15th round, you switch directions.

1. Thread your needle. Pick up beads in this order: 2 crystal 15/0s, 2 blue 15/0s, 2 white 11/0s, 2 blue 11/0s, 2 blue 8/0s, 2 silver 8/0s OR 3MM fire polish, 2 blue 8/0s, 2 blue 11/0s, 2 white 11/0s and 2 blue 15/0s for a total of 20 beads. Leaving a 12-14 inch tail, sew through all beads to make a loop, starting through the first two crystal 15/0s. This tail will be used to decrease the end.

2. Continue to sew through all beads; sew back through the 2 crystal 15/0s. Pull your thread snug. This ring counts as Round 1 AND Round 2. I have marked the working crystal 15/0s with a red dot so they are easier to see.

Round 3 This round is the most difficult just because it doesn’t sit pretty at first. Once you have a couple of more rounds complete, it will be easier. If you already know how to do a Cellini Spiral, just work an additional 12 rounds and skip to Step 22.
3. Working clockwise, pick up 1 crystal 15/0; skip over the very next blue 15/0 sitting next to where your thread is coming out from and sew through the second blue 15/0 in the ring. The crystal 15/0 should be sitting on top of the blue 15/0 you skipped over. Pull your thread.Note: You will always be picking up the bead your thread is coming out from for the next stitch.Example: Since we started out from a crystal 15/0 in this step, we needed to pick up a crystal 15/0.

4. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; skip over the very next white 11/0 and sew through the second white 11/0 in the ring. Pull your thread. The blue 15/0 you just added should be sitting on the white 11/0 you skipped over.

5. Pick up 1 white 11/0; skip over the very next blue 11/0 and sew through the second  blue 11/0 in the ring. Pull your thread. The white 11/0 you just added should be sitting on the blue 11/0 you skipped over.

6. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; skip over the very next blue 8/0 and sew through the second blue 8/0 in the ring. Pull your thread.

7. Pick up 1 blue 8/0; skip over the very next silver 8/0 or 3MM fire polish(which ever you chose–I will refer to these 3MM fire polish as silver 8/0 for the rest of the tutorial); sew through the second silver 8/0 in the ring. Pull your thread.

8. Pick up 1 silver 8/0; skip over the next blue 8/0 and sew through the second blue 8/0. Pull your thread. For simplicity, just remember that you are always picking up the same bead that  your thread is coming out from.

9. Pick up 1 blue 8/0; skip over the next blue 11/0 and sew through the second blue 11/0. Pull your thread.

10. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; skip the next white 11/0 and sew through the second white 11/o. Pull your thread.

11. Pick up 1 white 11/0; skip over the next blue 15/0 and sew through the second blue 15/0. Pull your thread.

12. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; skip over the very next crystal 15/0 and sew through the last crystal 15/0 of the ring AND the very first crystal 15/0 you added in Step 3 to “step up”  to start the next round.  This will complete Round 3.

Round 4-14  These next 11 rounds are similar Steps 3-12 but a little easier since the beads you are sewing through are sticking out. You are just going to fill in the gaps or “stitch the ditch”. Make sure to keep your thread snug through the fourth and fifth rounds.

13. Pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew through the next  blue 15/0 sticking out. The crystal 15/0 you just added should be sitting on top of the first blue 15/0 you skipped over in this step. Pull your thread.

14. Pick up1 blue 15/0; sew through the  white 11/0 sticking out. This added blue 15/0 should be sitting on top of the the first white 11/0 you skipped over in this step. Pull your thread.

15. Pick up 1 white 11/0; sew through the next  blue 11/0 sticking out ( I will refer to these as the “next bead” for the rest of the tutorial. You will always skip over the very next bead and sew through the bead sticking out unless otherwise noted)  and pull your thread.

16. Pick up one blue 11/0; sew through the next  blue 8/0 and pull your thread.

17. Pick up one blue 8/0; sew through the next silver 8/0 and pull your thread.

18. Pick up one silver 8/0; sew through the next blue 8/0 and pull your thread.

19. Pick up one blue 8/0; sew through the next  blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

20. Pick up one blue 11/0; sew through the next white 11/0 and  pull your thread.

21. Pick up one white 11/0; sew through the next blue 15/0 and pull your thread.

22. Pick up one blue 15/0; sew through the  last crystal 15/0 and the first crystal 15/0 you added in this round in Step 13 to “step up” for your next round. Pull your thread. This round is complete. Repeat Steps 13- 22 for the next 10 rounds. The easiest way I kept track was by counting the silver 8/0 beads.  Once you have a total of 14 silver 8/0 beads INCLUDING the first 2 in the initial ring, finish the 14th round, step up and stop.

23. Round 15/Round 1This round will also be counted as Round 1 for the next 14 rounds.   Work Round 15 in a peyote spiral stitch as you did in the previous rounds, but as you add your last blue 15 of this round DO NOT step up. Instead, sew through the last crystal 15/0 only of this round –don’t go through the first crystal 15/0 added in this round .  This is where we are switching directions! Pull and keep your thread snug.

24. Round 2  Pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew back through the blue 15/0 you just added in Step 23.  Pull your thread. This added 15/0 should be sitting on top of the crystal 15/0 that your thread is coming out from. I think of this a as doing a half ladder stitch over the crystal 15/0 your thread is coming out from to switch directions.I showed this step at 2 different angles. This is starting the second half of the “V”.

25. You will work  the Peyote/ Cellini  spiral as you did previously but I will still go over this round. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next white 11/0 and pull your thread. Be sure to keep your thread snug through out the rounds.

26. Pick up 1 white 11/0; sew through the next blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

27. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; sew through the next blue 8/0. Be sure to pull thread snug after each stitch.

28. Pick up 1 blue 8/0; sew through the next silver 8/0.

29. Pick up 1 silver 8/0; sew through the next blue 8/0.

30. Pick up 1 blue 8/0; sew through the next blue 11/0.

31. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; sew through the next white 11/0.

32. Pick up 1 white 11/0; sew through the next blue 15/0.

33. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next 2 crystal 15/0s to step up for the next round. Photos below show top and side view of this round completed. Repeat Steps 24- 33 for the next 12 rounds (Rounds 3-14). Be sure to count 14 silver 8/0s, including the point/ shared 8/0 on the the 15th round from the first half of the “V”. Below shows 2 silver 8/0s for this half.

 

34. (This is a repeat of Step 23)  Round 15/Round 1This round will also be counted as Round 1 for the next 14 rounds and the turning point.   Work Round 15 as you did in the previous rounds, but as you add your last blue 15 of this round DO NOT step up. Instead, sew through the last crystal 15/0 only of this round –don’t go through the first crystal 15/0 added in this round .  This is where we are switching directions! Pull and keep your thread snug.

35.  Round 2 Pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew through the blue 15/0 you added in Step 34. Pull your thread.

36.   Continue to repeat Steps 24-34 to desired length of bracelet minus 1/2 inch for clasp, switching directions after each 15th round is complete.  Be sure to count 15 silver 8/0 beads for each set of the alternating pattern, including the shared silver 8/0 at the point of each V for symmetry.

This is with 2 alternating sets worked. Round 15 is the point and shared last and first round of each side of the V.

If you have a different way of ending your spiral, you may skip these next steps to add your clasp.

Decreasing the Ends We are still counting the initial ring you made in Step 2 as Rounds 1 and 2.
I have included photos and put in parenthesis at the beginning of the next steps where I have made changes in bead size and decreases;  the remaining stitches should be beaded in regular peyote spiral stitch unless otherwise noted. ***Indicate where the changes are. You will want to keep your thread snug through the decreases.

37. Round 3(Change of  bead size)Thread your needle with your tail thread you left in Step 1. Pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew through the next  blue 15/0 and pull your thread.

38. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next white 11/0 and pull your thread.

39. Pick up 1 white 11/0; sew through the next  blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

40. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; sew through the next  blue 8/0 and pull your thread.

41. Pick up 1 blue 8/0; sew through the next silver 8/0 and pull your thread.

42.***Pick up 1 silver 11/0(this is replacing the silver 8/0) ; sew through the next blue 8/0 and pull your thread.

43. Finish this round as usual (10 stitches total); step up through the 2 crystal 15/0s to start Round 4.

44. Round 4 (Change of bead size) Peyote spiral stitch the first 4 stitches as usual.

45. On the fifth stitch,  **pick up 1 dark blue 11/0 (one that is similar in color to the blue 8/0 you are replacing–I used a darker color but it would look better with a matching bead); sew through the next silver 11/0 and pull your thread snug.

46. Pick up 1 silver 11/0; sew through the next  blue 8/0 and pull your thread.

47. **Pick up 1 dark blue 11/0; sew through the next  blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

48. Finish this round as usual (10 stitches total); step up through the 2 crystal 15/0s to start Round 5.

49. Round 5 (2 Decreases) Peyote spiral stitch the  first 2 stitches as usual.

50.  On the third stitch,  pick up 1 white 11/0; ** sew through both blue and dark blue 11/0s. Pull your thread.

51.  **Pick up 1 blue 11/0; sew through the next silver 11/0 and pull your thread.

52. Pick up 1 silver 11/0; **sew through both dark blue and blue 11/0s. Pull your thread.

53. Finish this round as usual (8 stitches total). Step up through the 2 crystal 15/0s to start Round 6.

54. Round 6 (No change) Peyote spiral stitch the first 2 stitches as usual.

55. Pick up 1 white 11/0; sew through the next blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

56. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; sew through the next silver 11/0 and pull your thread.

57. Pick up 1 silver 11/0; sew through the next  blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

58. Pick up 1 blue 11/0; sew through the next white 11/0. Finish this round as usual; step up through the 2 crystal 15/0s to start your next round. (8 stitches total)

59. Round 7 (Change of bead size) Peyote spiral stitch the first 2 stitches as usual.

60. On the third stitch, **pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew through the next blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

61. **Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next silver 11/0 and pull your thread.

62.  **Pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew through the next blue 11/0 and pull your thread.

63.  *Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next white 11/0 and pull your thread.

64.  **Pick up 1 crystal 15/0; sew through the next blue 15/0 and pull your thread.

65. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; step up through the 2 crystal 15/0s to start your next round (8 stitches total).

66.  Round 8 (4 Decreases and last round of decreases) Sew through the next blue 15/0–I didn’t count this as a decrease.

67. **Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next crystal 15/0 AND  blue 15/0. Pull thread snug.

68.  **Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next crystal 15/0 AND  blue 15/0. Pull thread snug.

69.  **Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next crystal 15/0 AND  blue 15/0. Pull thread snug.

70.  **Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the last crystal 15/0 AND  blue 15/0 (4 stitches total). Pull thread snug.

71.  Round 9 Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next blue 15/0. We are working with the blue 15/0 added in  Round 8. Pull your thread.

72. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next blue 15/0 and pull your thread.

73.  Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the next blue 15/0 and pull your thread.

74. Pick up 1 blue 15/0; sew through the last blue 15/0 and pull your thread. Pass back through all blue 15/0s added in this round.

75. Pick up 2 or 3 blue 15/0s, one clasp end and 2 or 3 more blue 15/0s. Sew through the blue 15/0 directly opposite of the one you started out from in this step.

76. Sew back through the blue 15/0s and clasp added in Step 75. Sew back through all beads again to strengthen. Sew through your piece to tie off  2-3 half hitch knots and end your thread.

Repeat Steps 37-76 for other end of your bracelet and you are finished!

Please contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions, need help with the directions or see any errors in this pattern. Hope you enjoyed it!

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46 thoughts on “Zig-Zagging Cellini Spiral Beadwoven Bracelet

  1. Hi, Thank you for this great tute. How can I save it to make later? I tried but all I get are the words vs. the photos. Am a visual person and really want the pictures, please.

    We have Windows 8.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas, dottie

    • Hi Dottie,
      Thank you for your comment!
      I am in the process of making this into a PDF and hopefully will be finished by the end of the night. I can email it to you if you would like?
      Thanks again!

  2. This is so stunning. I love the colors and the pattern, I also would love to have the pdf file. Thanks Marge

  3. Thanks for the pattern, it is absolutely stunning. I love your colors. I also would like the pdf patterns. Thanks again. Marge

  4. I’ve been searching the internet for months for a pattern like this cellini spiral, and now I found yours! What a great way to begin this new year! :)

    I really like your pattern/tutorial and I would be so happy if you could send it to me! :)

    /Jessica from Sweden

  5. Thank you so much for the great pattern! The bracelet is so beautiful! I just buyed another two patterns. The colours that you choose are so beautiful and makes the jewellery shine. I love your jewellery! I’m so happy that I found you! :-)

    Kind regards, Antonella

    • Thank you so much Antonella!! You are truly appreciated! Please let me know if you have any questions about any if the patterns. Hope you enjoy!

  6. Your bracelet is awesome!! Thank you so much for your tutorial!! I’ve always wanted to know how to make this type of Cellini Spiral. Your directions are wonderful and I can’t wait to get started. Thanks again…Happy New Year!

    Laurie

  7. Gracias por el tutorial, con imagenes es más fácil entender, son tan lindos que no hayas por cuál empezar claro! con los esquemas y tutoriales que tan amable nos regalan..gracias…

  8. I am so THANKFUL this is posted. There are a few places in my area who charge so much to learn this pattern. So, patience is a virtue and it paid off. Thank you for posting your AMAZING illustrations of each row of this stitch. Goregous!

  9. What a beautiful bracelet. I’m so thankful you’ve posted this. On my way to get my supplies today because I can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much!!!

  10. Love the tutorial, thank you so much
    On the 15/0 do they have to be miyuki or can they be tohos? Have a beautiful day!

    • You are very welcome and thanks foe the comment :) I think Tohos should be fine. I used Miyukis because it was what I had but I’m pretty sure you should be okay.

  11. Loved the pattern, so so beautiful i had bought a pattern like yours but there instructions arent like yours thnx so much for put it up, one the 15/0 miyuki round, are they like the 15/0 delicas or they have to be round?

  12. its just fab…..i love it…plz upload more and more beading patterns like this

  13. What a beautiful work of art. I’ve been looking for a well-written pattern for this particular Cellini spiral for what feels like forever. To find one written so clearly, and with such terrific graphics feels like I’ve received an unexpected and wonderful gift. I can’t wait to wrap up my current project so I can begin this one! Thank you so much for posting this tutorial.

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    blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100%
    sure. Any recommendations or advice would be
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    • Hi! Depends on what you are wanting to do. If you want your own domain, example mine is my-amari.com, for WordPress to host it’s 12$ a year and I think like 10$ through godaddy.com a year for my domain. I’m somewhat limited on editing my site but that’s ok with me because I’m not a computer guru. If you don’t mind having a generic domain, example myamari.wordpress.com, then it’s free. Just go to http://www.wordpress.com and sign up for a blog. If you want full control of your site and want to do the affiliate advertising, better themes, etc then go to godaddy.com or a reputable hosting site, buy a domain and check out their hosting plans. More complicated but could be worth it depending on what you are want. I hope this helps. You can also click the contact me button on my page and email me directly if you have further questions.

  15. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I’m new to bead weaving and left handed as well. I get confused VERY easily trying to follow the usual instructions I find. This bracelet looks like a difficult project but I was able to make it without a hitch thanks to you. I love this bracelet!

    • Ooo-not sure on that one. It depends on the size difference from the other 11/0s you are using. It will work to an extent, I believe, but it may not have as much of a dramatic twist to it.

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  17. Merci beaucoup pour ce tuto qui m’a l’air très complet. Il n’y a plus qu’à m’y mettre et essayer de faire aussi bien.

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