|Galaxy Twist Pendant|
|Fall Hues Cellini Spiral|
I love the texture of the cellini spiral. This stitch is a type of sculptural peyote that produces an elegant helix in the form of a self-supporting beadwoven tube. I've been trying to find the the correct origin of the term Cellini Spiral and have come up with this explanation. (if you know of another origin for the term, please share!!) Benvenuto Cellini was among a group of artists in the Renaissance Mannerism period who utilized the figura serpentina, an upward snakelike spiral movement to be equally admired from all sides.
I've made many of these and they are one of my most popular pieces. It's basically a tubular peyote stitch, but you use a variety of sized of seed beads to create the corkscrew effect. In this case I used a green and matte orange size 15 bead, green and orange size 11 seed beads, light sage green and matte topaz size 8 seed beads and size 6 iris bronze seed beads as the spine.
|Olive Jade Leaf Pendant Spiral rope|
One of the first and easiest of the spiral stitches I learned is simply called a spiral rope. I guess it most likely falls into the catagory of netting stitches. It uses a core bead that is visible throughout the rope and the spiral beads that spiral around that core. I often use two colors of seed beads for the spiral for a nice contrast. Another one of my favorite tricks is to use a "spine" color in the middle of each spiral stitch either to match or contrast the core. The gives the piece lots of movement.
|Seastorm Twisted Herringbone Rope|
Here is a more traditional twisted tubular herringbone rope. In contrast to a tubular peyote spiral rope, the herringbone looks more twisted than spiraled. I learned this stitch earlier in the year and it quickly became one of my favorite go-to ropes for my necklaces. It works up very fast and offers many design options from color combination to width. This one is 6 beads around.
|Coral Snake Tubular Peyote Spiral|
I created this sweet necklace with size 13/0 charlotte (one cut) czech beads. The tiny size of the beads makes this a very delicate necklace. Tubular peyote lends itself perfectly to a spiral design. The stitch is pure peyote, it's just a matter of where you place the beads. Hard to believe it's the exact same technique as the funky chunky cellini spiral.
|Blue & Copper Russian Spiral|
One last example of a spiral that I've done is this Russian Spiral rope. I had been wanting to try this stitch for quite some time but for some reason I have a hard time wrapping my head around written directions. I finally found directions that were simple enough for me to follow and I created this piece as my first try. It's kinda hard to see the spiral effect the way I did it, but it's there. It's a variation of a netting stitch. There are two other similar stitches that I have not been brave enough to tackle, Dutch Spiral and African Helix. Maybe someday!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Odddesignsnc. This blue and green galaxy design on a background of stars is captured in bead embroidery with a peyote bezel and a twisted edge. The necklace rope is a fun and funky twisted herringbone. I've used two different size beads to create the great corkscrew effect in the rope. The seed beads throughout are these fantastic Picasso firepolished czech seed beads in navy and turquoise that have a beautifully marbled finish. To add more twist I used Miyuki 10/0 twisted hex beads in metallic bronze with a sassy sparkle. The pendant measures 2.5" across and is backed with white felt. The necklace is 22" long and is finished with a peyote spiral toggle and loop.
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