This traditional African stitch closely resembles a DNA helix, hence the name African Helix. All the actual weaving is done by looping over the thread. This makes for a very flexible, comfy tube that is wonderful embellished or plain.
How to Do African Helix Stitch
You’ll need 2 size 11° seed bead colors (A and B), a needle, beading thread, and a pencil.
- Place the needle on the thread and string 3A and 1B four times, leaving a 3" tail. Tie a square knot to form a circle, pass through the beads again, and exit from 1B. Slip the ring over the pencil. It’s okay if there is a bit of space between the beads. If it helps you keep your place, tape the tail thread to the pencil.<.li>
- String 3A and 2B; pass the needle under the thread between the next 1B and following 3A. Repeat around the ring.
- To make the first loop of the next round, string 3A and 2B; pass the needle under the thread between the 3A and 2B of the first loop of the previous round; repeat around.
- Repeat to the desired length. Work the last round with 3A and 1B in each stitch. Pass through all the beads of the last round again to secure.