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Peyote stitch: Cellini spiral

Cellini stitch
The Cellini spiral was originated by seed bead masters Virginia Blakelock and Carol Perenoud who developed the tubular variation and named it after Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th-century Italian sculptor known for his Rococo architectural columns. Eventually, the flat version emerged, and both techniques are equally beautiful.
Cellini stitch figure 1
Figure 1
Flat Cellini spiral

Step 1: Pick up two color A 15/0 seed beads, two color B 15/0 seed beads, two As, two color C 11/0 cylinder beads, and two color D 11/0 seed beads (Figure 1, a–b). These beads will shift to form rows 1 and 2 as row 3 is added.

Step 2: Work in flat even-count peyote stitch, picking up the following beads, one per stitch:

Row 3: C, D, C, A, B (b–c).
Row 4: B, A, C, D, C (c–d).
Row 5: A, C, D, C, A (d–e).
Row 6: A, C, D, C, A (e–f).
Row 7: B, A, C, D, C (f–g).
Row 8: C, D, C, A, B (g–h).
Row 9: A, B, A, C, D (h–i).
Row 10: D, C, A, B, A (i–j).
Row 11: C, A, B, A, C (j–k).

Step 3: Rows 12–20: Work rows 11–3 in reverse (k–l).

Step 4: Work three more rows to complete the pattern:

Row 21: A, B, A, C, D (l–m).
Row 22: D, C, A, B, A (m–n).
Row 23: C, A, B, A, C (n–o).

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length.

Cellini stitch figure 2
Figure 2
Cellini stitch figure 3
Figure 3
Tubular Cellini spiral

Step 1: Pick up two color A 15/0 seed beads, two color B 15/0 seed beads, two color C 11/0 cylinder beads, two color D 11/0 seed beads, two color E 8/0 seed beads, two Ds, and two Cs. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the first two As again (Figure 2, a–b). These beads will shift to form rounds 1 and 2 as round 3 is added.

Step 2: Work round 3 in tubular peyote stitch, picking up the following beads, one per stitch: A, B, C, D, E, D, C. Step up through the first A in the new round (b–c).

Step 3: Repeat step 2 (Figure 3) to the desired length.

TIP! To enhance the sculptural aspect of tubular Cellini spiral, gently squeeze the opening of the beadwork as you stitch. This will help you maintain the tension and prevent gaps between beads of different sizes.

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