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Peyote stitch: Dutch spiral

Dutch spiral figure 1
Figure 1
Dutch spiral figure 2
Figure 2

Similar to tubular Cellini spiral, Dutch spiral is a sculptural variant of tubular peyote. The distinguishing characteristic is a loose “bridge” of beads that spans one section of the beadwork, and it tends to be more flexible than tubular Cellini spiral. Just about any types of seed beads can be used in Dutch spiral. The beads used in the sample shown here are:

As – 11/0 hex-cut beads;
Bs – 10/0 seed beads;
Cs – 8/0 seed beads;
Ds – 5/0 triangle beads;
Es – 6/0 seed beads;
Fs – 11/0 seed beads.

Step 1: Pick up an A, two Bs, two Cs, two Ds, two Es, and seven Fs. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, and sew through the A again (Figure 1).

Step 2: Work a round of tubular peyote, picking up the following beads, one per stitch: A, B, C, D (Figure 2, a–b). Pick up an E and seven Fs, and sew through the A picked up at the start of the round (b–c).

Step 3: Repeat step 2 for the desired length. Alternatively, you can vary the number of Fs picked up to create a piece with a graduated spiral.

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