Simplified Dutch Spiral Stitch

  • 01 of 08

    Simplified Dutch Spiral Stitch

    Large section of simplified Dutch Spiral Tube. Lisa Yang

    Dutch spiral is an unusual stitch resulting in a pretty spiral with a drape of loosely attached beads. It is basically a peyote stitch spine with a beaded swag.  

    This step by step will show you how to make a simplified version of Dutch spiral rope that is easy to learn and maintains a spiral and swag pattern. The resulting tube has an interesting texture and depth thanks to the loose swag beads and a nice spiral pattern that can be emphasized by your choice of bead colors.

    This stitch works well to make tube beads, fancy pendant bails, bracelets and if you are very ambitious bracelets or necklaces. Although the stitch is very easy to learn, it takes some time to get a good length made since the tube is on the wider side.  You could always adjust the number of beads to make it a little smaller, though.

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  • 02 of 08

    Dutch Spiral Bead Tube Materials

    Dutch spiral materials. Lisa Yang

    To make the simplified Dutch spiral tube, you will need the basic bead working supplies of a beading needle, beading thread, scissors and at least two colors of size 11/0 seed beads. I think round seed beads will work better than delicate (tube beads) for this stitch, but I have not tried cylinder beads to know for sure.

    I am using Nymo thread size D in light tan (from the cone, not bobbin), a Tulip beading needle (which are my favorites) and three colors of 11/0 seed beads - aqua for the swag beads and gold and black for the spiral beads.

    When you select your beads, you will have one color that is the main support that I call the spiral bead and the other that is the swag bead. Also, if you wonder why I always specify that I use Nymo thread from the cone, not the bobbin, go to the link and read the review of Nymo thread.  As much as the bobbins are affordable and come in gorgeous colors, the thread is different between the cones and the bobbins.

    Although I used Nymo for this project, I actually think Fireline would have worked better since it would keep the tension tighter - which is very important for this project to maintain its shape.

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  • 03 of 08

    Pick up Your Beads for the Dutch Spiral Rope

    String beads to start. Lisa Yang

    To get started, on a comfortable length of thread, pick up your beads in the following order:

    1 spiral bead, 3 swag beads, 1 spiral bead, 3 swag beads, 1 spiral bead, 3 swag beads, 1 spiral bead, 3 swag beads. 

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  • 04 of 08

    Start the Dutch Spiral Rope

    Join beads in a circle and stitch through the first bead. Lisa Yang

    Tie the beads into a circle using a square knot and put your needle through the first spiral bead, in my case, a black bead.

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  • 05 of 08

    Stitch the First Row of Dutch Spiral Rope

    The beadwork will start flat and get more tubular as you add more rows. Lisa Yang

    To stitch the first row, pick up 3 swag beads and one spiral bead on your needle.  Stitch back through the next spiral bead in the ring. Repeat this pattern until you have stitched through all of the beads on the row.

    3 B and 1 A. Pass needle through the next A bead in the ring. Repeat until you have four sets of 3 B and 1 A.

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  • 06 of 08

    Continue Stitching the Dutch Spiral Rope

    It helps maintain tension and shape to work on a dowel or other round object. Lisa Yang

    Continue to stitch around the spiral by adding three swag beads and one spiral bead each time and passing through the next spiral bead in the ring. After several rows, a tube will start to form.  You need to keep the tension tight.

    It may be difficult to hold on to the spiral at first. You can always begin by stitching around a dowel or a pencil until the spiral holds it's shaped.

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  • 07 of 08

    Make a Dutch Spiral Beaded Bead

    Dutch spiral bead. Lisa Yang

    When your tube is long enough, finish the side by going back through the ring of beads and tying off the thread. In the case of this bead, I reinforced the top edge and then went through the spiral beads back to the tail and tied them off together and then wove in the ends.

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  • 08 of 08

    Make a Larger Dutch Spiral Tube

    Large section of simplified Dutch Spiral Tube. Lisa Yang

    A longer tube can be made into a bracelet, like this Copper Leaf bracelet, or a larger bead or ball for a beaded pendant.

    For some ideas to vary the stitch, try using size 15 seed beads, hex cut beads, and drop beads.