For all you seasoned beaders out there, if I make a flat spiral stitch necklace, will it lay flat? Or will it "curl" in the middle? Am I better off just making a bracelet length and attaching it on the ends to some chain to make it a necklace length? Thanks for the info!
Karen, I've made 3 bracelets so far with the flat spiral stitch and all three of them lay perfectly flat. Now, that said, I've never made a necklace with seed beads at all. I just can't imagine that partiuclar stitch would curl though.
thanks! The problem is my sister doesn't really wear bracelets, but she does wear necklaces and earrings. I've watched some videos on how to do this stitch and it looks easy enough for me (a true beginner!) so I'm itching to try it!
I've only tried it once for a bracelet and I didn't have any problems with it curling either. The only issue you might have with curling (so far as I know) is if you were using heavier beads on the outside of the spiral stitch but someone that's done it more often would probably know better.
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so far I am using 6 mm bicones on the middle, and 4 mm bicones w/ 11/0 seed beads for the outsides. Working well so far~I'll post a picture when I get further on.
here's a picture of my first HOUR!! LOL! (I know, I'm slow! But I also have way to much thread, but rather have too much than not enough!)
It should be just fine. I used 6mm crystals both bicones and rounds in the center and 4mm same on the outside and 11/0's.
Looks great ! And I just learned this stitch a few weeks ago myself. It's PERFECT for a beginner cause it's so easy to do. :)
The only bad thing about this pattern is if you have to add thread. It's a pain in the be-hind to be sure.
I'm interested to see how this turns out. I've only made bracelets and pendants using flat spiral...good luck!
Edit to add: you just gave me a great idea...I wonder how this would look with graduated colors?
The finished product~ used 40 6 mm bicones down the middle, and 4 mm bicones on the outsides. The bicones are Swarovski Crystal Comet Argent Light, so had to be sure to make the solid silver side go the same way. Decided to attach to chain so it could "drape" better. I am quite pleased at how this first attempt finished up.
Okay, now you've officially made me want to try longer lengths
Ohhhhh, that turned out GREAT Karen ! I think your sister will love it !
Wmweeza - I think graduated colors would be great too. I like just about anything with graduated colors though. :)
thanks! I have some Swarovski "mixed" sets that I've been trying to figure out what to do with, but don't think they would work for this. I'm too much of a "symmetrical" person! LOL! May try spiral rope today and use those for the "spiral" part???
Yes, she will LOVE it, and doesn't have a clue it's for her. We are twins and yet NO ONE in my family has any "craftiness" at all! LOL!
Sweet! I love the way it turned out. Your sister should be proud to wear it.
It turned out very pretty. Great job!
That turned out beautifully Karen! Its gorgeous!
The flat Spiral stitch is another project of mine that I need to learn on my long list of projects/areas to complete.
it looks like a seemingly easy and simple stitch,but the design is so beautiful.
Wonderful Job Karen!