Tubular Stitches
Round, rope-like stitches and techniques.

Tubular Stitches

Peyote - Even Count

Materials:

Seed beads

Thread

Needle

Scissors

Pencil

Note: These instructions will use 12 beads to help show the sequence of stitches. You can increase or decrease the number of beads to suit your project. You can use any tube shaped object in place of the pencil to help maintain tension while you stitch. It’s okay of the fit is loose, but the object should reach from your fingertips to the heel of your hand - this will help to keep it steady as you work.

1) Attach a stop-bead to a comfortable length of thread, leaving an 8 inch tail. Pick up 12 beads and slide them down to the stop-bead.

2) Stitch back up through the first 6 beads again and pull tight to form a ring. Snug up the stop-bead if necessary.

3) Slide the ring over the pencil, and hold them together with your fingertips.

4) Pick up one bead. Skip one bead, and stitch through the next bead in the ring. Pull tight.

5) Repeat step 4, four times.

6) At the end of the last stitch, you will need to step up to begin the next round. Pick up one bead, skip one bead in the ring, and stitch through the next bead, as well as the following raised bead. Pull tight.

7) Pick up one bead, and stitch through the next raised bead in the ring. Pull tight.

8) Continue adding beads using peyote stitch, and step up at the end of each round. Slide the beadwork down the pencil as you work to keep the stitching area at your fingertips.

Tips:

  • The number of stitches in each round will be half the number of beads used in the original ring. If you find yourself forgetting to step up, count your stitches and step up on the last bead.
  • The beadwork may seem very stiff at first, but as the rope increases in length, it will begin to drape, and can be used for necklaces as well as bracelets.

Cellini Spiral

Materials:

Seed beads in 3 or more sizes

Thread

Needle

Scissors

Pencil

Note: The beads used should be close in size. These instructions use, 15o, 11o, and 8o. Gradually increasing bead sizes causes the tube to spiral. Try using delicas for the smallest beads to keep the beadwork even, and a different color for each size will also make the next stitch easier to find.

1) Attach a stop-bead to a comfortable length of thread, leaving an 8 inch tail. Pick up 6 15o’s, 4 11o’s, 2 8o’s, and 4 11o’s. Slide them down to the stop bead.

2) Stitch up through all the beads and pull tight to form a ring. Stitch through the first 2 15o’s again.

3) Working in tubular peyote, add new beads one at a time in the following sequence: three 15o’s, two 11o’s, one 8o, and two 11o’s. Step up as you add the last 11o bead.

Tips:

  • As with regular tubular peyote, the number of beads in each round is half the number of beads in the original ring.
  • If you lose count of beads as you stitch, remember that you will need to add a bead that is the same size as the one the working thread is exiting.

 

Tubular Netting

Materials:

Seed beads in 2 colors (A and B)

Thread

Needle

Scissors

Pencil

Note: The sequence of beads used will form solid colored spirals in the beadwork. You can also used beads of alternating colors, or all one color to create different looks.

1) Attach a stop-bead to a comfortable length of thread, leaving an 8 inch tail. Pick up 2 A beads and 3 B beads, four times. You should have a total of 20 beads.

2) Slide the beads down to the stop-bead, and stitch through them again to form a ring. Pull tight and snug up the stop-bead if necessary. Slide the ring over the pencil and hold them together with your fingertips.

3) Working from right to left, stitch through the ring and exit after the next set of 2 A’s. Pick up 2 A and 3 B.

4) Skip the next 3 B and 1 A in the ring, and stitch through the second A (the A furthest left of the working thread). Pull tight.

5) Repeat step 4 twice.

6) At the end of the last stitch, you will need to step up to begin the next round. Pick up 2 A and 3 B. Stitch through the second A added in the last round to step up. (There will be a stack of 4 A, you must stitch through the topmost bead.

7) Continue adding 2 A and 3 B by stitching through the last A in the round below, making 4 additions per round.

8) On the final round, do not pick up any A beads as you stitch. Retrace the thread path once before weaving into the beadwork to end the thread.

Tips:

  • You can use larger beads in place of the A’s, or increase the number of B beads to practice the stitch and create different looks.
  • To keep track of your place in each round, use 4 alternating colors for the B beads.

 

See Also: Tubular Herringbone

 

Featured Techniques:

Even Count Peyote Tube

Cellini Spiral

Tubular Netting

See Also:

Tubular Herringbone

Twisted Tubular Herringbone

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