Russian Spiral

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Linda Marie2 wrote
on May 24, 2009 6:34 PM

 Hello to all you fellow beaders. I am looking for basic instructions on how to make a Russian spiral . I see it on necklaces and bracelets, but I can not find a pattern for it.  I would really prefer that it was on video, if anyone can direct me to one, I would appreciate it.



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on May 24, 2009 7:02 PM

No video but here are two sites: (copy and paste)

Also, go to upper right of this page and enter  Russian Spiral  in the search box.  There is at least one othe thread on Russian Spiral; and if you enter  Spiral , there are other threads as well.

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Linda Marie2 wrote
on May 25, 2009 12:58 AM

 THanks, I'll give it a try



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wildfire3 wrote
on Aug 3, 2009 9:08 AM

 Hi there, Bead and Button magazine August 2008 issue has instructions for the Russian Spiral.


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LitaC2 wrote
on Aug 5, 2009 5:50 AM


The Russian Spiral is one of the easiest and most satisfying stitches to learn - it grows very quickly and when you branch out with different combinations of beads, it looks amazing.   I used the book, Seed Bead Stitching, to teach myself.  I like this book because it shows the process of each stich with real photographs and contrasting beads and thread.

A word of caution - If you are using a combination of larger beads or pearls and very small seed beads, you may find your that spiral rope doesn't support itself.  It's hollow, and it may have a tendency to collapse.  On a couple of my heavy spirals (I often pair 12mm teardrop pearls with size 10 delicas), I've stitched the spiral around a wooden dowel, and when it was done, I ran a length of clear, flexible tubing down the core.

Please post some pictures of your work, I'd love to see what you end up making.


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Chibimimi wrote
on Aug 6, 2009 8:32 PM

Russian spiral is very simple.  It is essentially a three-drop net stitch, except that the first bead in each set of three is larger than the other two.

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