RUSSIAN CHAIN STITCH BRACELET
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Petersburg Chain Rope Bracelet
I was at a point in time where I had to develop a new Petersburg Chain project for our classes. The Traditional project, I felt, had been done to death, and while very appealing, it was no longer anything special. The project had to be relatively simple, yet elegant and sophisticated, and truthfully, had to be more appealing than the traditional project design. So, I used a more prominent bead to connect the two strips, then turned this project into a rope by connecting the sides together.
I am very focused on redefining bead weaving stitches in architectural terms. At the core, this means determining what about the stitch is supportive of “shape”, and what about the stitch is supportive of “movement, drape and flow.” It became clear that every pair of Petersburg Chain Stitch rows is connected with what functions as a “box joint”. Based on this understanding, I developed a simple Chain Stitch, also relying on the architectural properties of a “box joint”. I used this simple Russian Chain Stitch to connect the two sides of the bracelet into a rope.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED:
Advanced Beginner Level
ORIENTATION TO BEADS AND JEWELRY FINDINGS
(All students are required to begin our curriculum with this ORIENTATION CLASS. The Orientation Class is offered once a month.)
BEAD WEAVING BASICS (or equivalent)
- Learn Petersburg Chain and Simple Chain stitches
- Learn about architectural bases of chain stitches and how they provide structural supports for (a) shape, and (b) movement
- Learn to attach a button clasp
1. Make 2 Petersburg Chain strips
2. Connect the two strips
3. Use simple chain stitch to turn flat beadwork into rope
4. Attach button clasp assembly
1. Petersburg Chain Stitch
2. Simple Chain Stitch
3. Use of button clasp
COLOR A: 8/0 seed bead (main color), (270 beads or 7 grams)
COLOR B: 8/0 seed bead (accent color), (108 beads or 3 grams)
COLOR C: 11/0 seed bead (coordinating color), (73 beads or 1 gram)
COLOR D: 11/0 seed bead (color matching COLOR A, either the same or similar), (81 beads or 1 gram)
COLOR E: Swarovski, Series 5328, 5mm bicone crystal bead, with an AB finish, (28 beads)
COLOR F: 15/0 seed bead (coordinating with the button and bracelet, either same or similar to COLOR B), (8 beads or .1 gram)
Button (14-28mm diameter), (1 button)
NYMO or C-LON beading thread, size D, (color must blend with COLOR A because the thread will show), (1 bobbin)
Size #12 English Beading Needles
Bees Wax or Microcrystalline Wax
This class is typically offered once every other year.
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