Spiraling Out of Control

Spiral Weave

Sprial Weave

We have gotten in so many great Miyuki colors recently and, with Spring coming soon, I wanted to play! I have mastered stitches such as the right angle weave, even and odd count peyote, circular brick, and countless others, but I wanted to try something new and a little bit different. So when I found a very intriguing stitch online called the Cellini Spiral, I couldn’t wait to try it. The architectural structure of the technique was absolutely intriguing to me; it has an ebb and flow to it created not only by color choice, but also by the fact that you are using 3 different sizes of seed beads. After much purchasing and exchanging, I finally decided to use the following Miyuki seed beads:

Although it seemed a bit daunting, this stitch is actually just a tubular peyote that steps up and down in size. You start with a couple of yards of thread with a stop bead toward one end and add 2 of each color working from smallest to largest (I added mine in the order listed). Then you add the colors in reverse, adding 2 of each color again except for the first color strung. You run your needle through those first 2 beads strung. It all begins with a circle of seed beads…

I will say I got a little flustered and frustrated at first because I kept getting confused on which color to add next. Like any good weaving project, it takes a while before the pattern and shape really start to emerge. (And, like any challenging project, it got ripped apart more than once while I perfected my color order and tension.) Once I realized that you add the last color your needle passed through before going through the second bead in the next pair of colors, there was no stopping me! I even turned down dinner with a friend so I could keep working on my soon-to-be bracelet. It has taken me more hours than I care to count – because time flies when you’re having fun – but I am about halfway done. Wish me luck!

Shanna Steele, Auntie’s Beads Designer and Purchasing Manager

Shanna Steele

Shanna Steele is a product manager and occasional jewelry designer for Auntie's Beads. When she is not playing in the beads, she enjoys reading, listening to music, cooking - especially baking - and good times in the great outdoors.

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