DIY Bracelet: Russian Spiral Wrap Around

This bracelet is the design idea of Ieva Bambale, owner and creator at Shinkabeads. According to Ieva, Russian spiral stitch is a special type of tubular beaded netting. It outcomes like a soft and slightly elastic beaded rope and the beading pattern forms a spiral. It is possible to make it up pretty fast once you get started, that is why it is a great stitch for beginners as well as for advanced beaders.

Prepare your materials and choose from a variety of colors.

Bead 1 – Bugle Bead 2 – 11/0 Bead 3 & 4 – 8/0 in 2 colors
1. Step

Begin by picking four sets of three beads each, for a total of twelve beads. Each set needs to consist of two smaller beads followed by one larger bead.

2.Step

Bring the first and last beads together, and make an overhead or square knot to pull the beads into a ring.

3. Step

To position the needle for the first stitch, pass through the first bead in the ring again 2) (type of bead – look into material list) and pull the thread taut.

To begin the first stitch, pick up another set of three beads, but this time pick up the larger bead first. In the example on the left, I picked up 1), and 2x 2).

Skip the next two beads in the ring, and pass through third bead 2). Pull the thread taut again.

  4. Step

Pick up another set of the same three beads 4) and 2x 2), skip the next two beads in the ring, and pass through the third bead 2). Pull the thread taut again.

5. Step

Pick up another set of the same three beads 3) and 2x 2), skip the next two beads in the ring, and pass through the third bead 2). Pull the thread taut again.

6. Step

Pick up another set of the same three beads. Skip the next two beads, but this time pass up through the third bead in the initial round 2) and through the first two beads in the first round 4) and 2x 2).

This process of passing up through three beads is the step-up that positions your needle to begin the next round. You need to make this step-up to complete every fourth stitch.

7. Step

To make the first stitch of the next round, skip the next two beads in the previous round. (Disregard the beads in the initial ring here; you only want to count beads in the round that you just completed.) Pass up through the third bead in the previous round.

Repeat this two more times, stepping-up after the third stitch to align your needle for the next round. Keep the thread tension as tight as you can. (I gave the thread two or three firm tugs after each stitch.)

8. Step

Continue stitching, one round at a time, always stepping-up through three beads to complete the third stitch. Your beaded rope will begin to grow pretty quickly once you get the hang of the stitch.

  9. Step

Continue stitching to your desired length of tube and then make few knots to preserve tension.

To finish the bracelet you can decide whether to use metal furniture, clasps and extension chain or join both endings as I did to make the bracelet look like one piece.

To join both ends put them together so that beads match bugle beads with bugle bead and seed beads with seed beads and put the thread through beads several times to be sure both endings are connected tight.

Try it! Make your own Russian Spiral Wrap Around Bracelet. Here are some sample color ideas you can combine.

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