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I have a strong feeling that bead weaving is underappreciated here on DA. Perhaps that's because it hasn't been presented in the right way. Show featured artists some love and support and help the word spread around by faving this article.

Bead weaving is making objects by stitching beads together. Sometimes these objects can be soft, textile like and used for clothes, jewelry and accessories. Sometimes they can be very stiff and sculptural. The choice of beads used ranges from tiny seeds and bugles to large glass, acrylic, paper, gemstone or whatever you like beads using many different stitches. I'd like to cover one stitch per feature.

About.com has good instructions for beginners with step by step explanations of every stitch.

St. Petersburg chain may look complicated at first but it is very easy to learn. This is one of my favourite stitches and, believe me, it is very addictive. It is soft and supple, perfect for gentle, delicate, feminine bracelets and necklaces. Doubled it gives a fern- or a feather-like look. It drapes gorgeously and is perfect choice for lariats and V-necklaces. It can be used by itself but is usually embellished with fringes or pendants.

Single chain
Double chain
variations
Wider version

From DA

Babuci's tutorial

St. Petersburg Single-stitch by Shades-of-Cyan Spring Lariat WIP by Autumn-beads

Finished projects

:thumb141558452: Blue-Green Fringe Necklace by beadg1rl All tied up by Cayca Black Feather by GoodQuillHunting Lightning by GoodQuillHunting Delicate Pink by NewBel Fringe Freak-Black by GoodQuillHunting When the Sun embrace the Moon by Ran-Arashi :thumb192771413: :thumb192789873: Aurora red by Cayca Lagoon 03 by Sol89 necklace026 by shila66 :thumb112077032: :thumb134460366: Mom's Birthday Front View by elderarc Fiore 01 by Sol89 San Petersburg necklace by craftal Malcontent by mnemosynestar :thumb110406275: 'Feather' Necklace 2 by sharaesha Black fringe by Cayca

Mint Green Beaded Bracelet by fruits-basket-head Cubism Bracelet Collage by beadg1rl Embers in amber by Cayca Autumn Night by Cayca

Fondo 02 by Sol89

Past features

Square stitch Loom work Ladder stitch Brick stitch Peyote stitch Tubular Peyote stitch Herringbone stitch Right angle weave Netting Tubular netting Spiral stitch Daisy chain
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Sol89 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011   Artisan Crafter
thanks for adding my pieces :)
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Cayca Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're most welcome.
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GoodQuillHunting Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I am late, but thanks so much for including me! Those are some older pieces and with my old camera LOL I still love them though ;)
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Cayca Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No reason not to love them. They are gorgeous.
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Kerya-Alexis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
So many beautiful pictures! Thanks for adding a link to my tutorial - I am honored! :)
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Cayca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:wow: That's your website? I had no idea. I love your tutorials.
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Kerya-Alexis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
:D Thank you!
Kerya is my name for graphics, Alexis for beads - here at DA I have pictures of both, so I am Kerya-Alexis.
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NewBel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Thank you for including me in your St. Petersburg article. This is one of my favorite and my daughter grabed it after it was made! I'll just have to do another one but it'll never be the same as the first!
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Cayca Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Perhaps your daughter will like the new one better and return the original one :D
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Autumn-beads Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks again for adding a piece of mine to your feature :hug:
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