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Unformatted text preview: African Helix Beautiful Beaded Cord I learned this neat beading stitch from Carol Wilcox Wells' book Creative Bead Weaving but I believe that it was first described in the book "Those Bad Bad Beads." by Virginia Blakelock. These are both excellent books, must-haves for any beadwork library. The stitch is unique in that it's the only one I know in which the beads are only gone through once, when you first pick them up. All the actual weaving is done by looping over the thread. This makes for a very flexible, comfy tube that makes a wonderful necklace embellished or plain. I'll include some links to examples of work done using this stitch at the bottom of this article so you can get a better idea of what it looks like and what can be done with it. First of all you'll need a support to work around. A regular old pencil should be the perfect size for the number of beads we'll be using. Now choose two colors of size 11 seed beads that look nice together. One for the "spines" (the solid lines that spiral around the outside of the helix) and one for the background color. I used a matte dark green for the spines and red-lined around the outside of the helix) and one for the background color....
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- Spring '11
- ~Emily Hackbarth, background beads