Spirals have been in the air locally and just lately (AGAIN). Maybe it's because teaching these different versions locally creates a domino effect with one person after another. People cannot get enough of them. Anyone new to beading should learn at least a few basic spiral stitches and there are a lot of them. Right now I'm teaching a basic seed bead spiral at Bead Artistry. One of the first spiral classes I taught locally, was 4 years ago using CRYSTALS in a necklace, this class then graduated to a bracelet class called CRYSTAL SPIRAL photo at bottom right. Everyone went nuts making these bracelets. Students would tell me they make 6 7, 8 of them in a week! Wow. The spiral went away for a while, 'cause of burnout maybe, but now again I'm teaching 3 more spirals. I have found that students made so many pretty versions of interesting colors that everyone wanted to make one of each color and there you go...the domino effect again. Color Blend Spiral at left Friends of friends all making the spiral was inevitable, and now this month a different version of a spiral using color blending techniques. This will be lots of fun!!!! Just using 4 colors students will create a bracelet which looks like 8 colors!! Everyone is excited about this blending technique. It's not new, but it is a new class here, and a fun one for beginners. There are so many different versions of spiral stitches and I have taught many many many different ones in town at both BEAD ARTISTRY and BELLA BEAD, our local bead stores. I've even noticed after not seeing the spiral for a while, that the other local bead stores in town are teaching them again. The domino effect!!! They are fun, easy, and look impressively difficult to make. Wearing a spiral and showing off your new created design just makes people happy and want to make one!! Why not, they are fun and easy!!!! Here's a link to a basic DUTCH SPIRAL this is a tried and true basic spiral stitch. Use different beads rather than the size 8's for a completely different look! Make a spiral and just watch what happens!!! Everyone will want to make one and another and another...


  1. I have yet to make a spiral anything. I want to; I just don't make the time. These are very pretty.

  2. freebird, I am so happy to hear you are able to see things now! We all do what we can with what limited time we have...there is not enough time to bead ever!


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