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Grand circles

Concentric rings expand in proportion to beads of different sizes and shapes
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Ever expanding rings are seen wherever you look – tree rings, ripples on the surface of a pond, or the bands around the planet Saturn. Stitch a beaded version of this phenomenon to add a little nature to your wardrobe. 

SUPPLIES 

necklace 30 in. (76 cm)

  • 8 10–12 mm coin pearls
  • 9 4–5 mm pearls
  • 17 g 8/0 hex-cut beads, color A
  • 14 g 8/0 seed beads, color B
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 50 g color C
    • 5 g color D
  • 2 g 11/0 cylinder beads, color E
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • 2 g color F
    • 1 g color G
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

 

 

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Figure 1

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1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 22 color A 8/0 hex-cut beads.

 

2. Work eight rows of peyote stitch for a total of 10 rows, and zip up the edges to form a tube.

 

3. With your thread exiting an end A 8/0, pick up a D 11/0 seed bead, a C 11/0 seed bead, and a D, and sew down through an adjacent A and up through the next A
(FIGURE 1, a–b). Repeat once to form two picots (b–c).

4. Pick up a D and a C, and sew down through the adjacent D and A and up through the next A and D (c–d).

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Figure 2
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Figure 3

5. Pick up a C, and sew down through the next D and A and up through the  adjacent A and D (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat once (b–c). Step up through a C (c–d).

 

6. Pick up a D, and sew through an opposite C (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew through the five Cs to secure the ring (b–c).

 

7. Sew through the beadwork to the other end, and repeat steps 3–6. End the thread.

 
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Photo a

Medallions


1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of Fireline, pick up two color F 15/0 seed beads and two color E 11/0 cylinder beads, leaving a 24-in. (61 cm) tail. Sew through the four beads again, and snug them up to form two columns of two beads each.

 

2. Working in ladder stitch, pick up two beads in each stitch: two Ds, two Cs, two color B 8/0 seed beads, and two As (PHOTO A). Do not reinforce the thread path. With the tail, sew through the adjacent Es.

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Photo b

3. Work three stitches in herringbone stitch, following the bead order of the first two rows.

 

4. To make the turn, pick up a color G 15/0 seed bead, and sew up through the last F added.

 

5. Repeat step 3.

 

6. To make the turn, pick up a D, and sew up through the end A (PHOTO B).

 

7. Repeat steps 3–6 to work a total of 56 rows.

 
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Figure 4
8. To join the ends to form a ring, sew through the A on the starting end, pick up a D, and sew back through the A your thread exited at the start of this step and the previous A (FIGURE 4, a–b). Snug up the beads.

9. Sew across the edges, adding a bead appropriate to the row if needed to make the medallion lie flat (b–c). Retrace the thread path between the last two rounds, and add a G to the inner edge of the medallion (c–d). Sew through the beadwork, and exit an outer edge 11/0.
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Photo c

10. Pick up eight Cs or Ds, skip an edge 11/0, and sew through the next edge 11/0. Repeat around the medallion.

 

11. Sew through the Bs to the next edge 11/0 without a loop. Pick up eight Cs or Ds, and sew from back to front through the next edge 11/0 without a loop. Repeat around the medallion (PHOTO C). End the threads.

 

12. Repeat steps 1–11 to make eight more medallions.

 
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Photo d

Connecting chains


1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up four Cs, leaving a 24-in. (61 cm) tail. Sew through the beads again to form two columns of two beads each. Sew through the first two beads again.

 

2. Working in modified herringbone stitch, pick up two Cs, and sew down through one C and up through two Cs. Repeat to make a chain 12 Cs long. 

 

3. Position a medallion on your work surface so that the seam is centered at the lower half of the circle.

 

4. With the thread exiting the left C of the herringbone chain, sew through the D in the seam, and sew down through the C on the right edge of the chain (PHOTO D). Snug the chain to the medallion, and sew up through the left C your thread exited at the start of this step.

 
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Photo e
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Photo f

5. Work five to eight more stitches to center the coin pearl within the herringbone medallion. Pick up a coin pearl and two Cs, and sew back through the coin pearl and two or three Cs in the right edge of the chain. Sew up through two or three Cs on the left edge of the chain, the coin pearl, and the C on the left of the pair picked up in this step (PHOTO E).

6. Work the same number of stitches as the segment in step 5. Sew through the D across from the seam. Snug the chain to the medallion (PHOTO F), and sew down through the C on the right edge of the chain, and sew up through the left C.

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