How to Create the African Helix Stitch

Instructions by Lexi, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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STEP 1
Cut a 3-foot length of thread. Thread a beading needle, leaving a tail.
STEP 2
Pick up three sets of one A color bead and three B color beads.
STEP 3
Pass through all the beads again and pull tightly into a circle. Using the working thread and the tail create a knot to secure the circle and complete the first row.

Pass through the adjacent A bead so the tail and the working thread are on opposite sides of the bead.

Tip: For additional stability while weaving, place the circle of beads over a cylindrical item, such as a pencil or a dowel.
STEP 4
Pick up three color A and two color B.

Pass over and around the thread between the second color A and the third color B in row one, then pull tight.

Repeat two more times to complete row two.

Tip: It's important to pass over the thread from the previous row instead of passing up from below the thread to ensure the beads lay properly.
STEP 5

Pick up three B beads and two A beads.

Pass over and around the thread between the color A and B set of the adjacent loop on row two.

Repeat two more times to complete the next row, then repeat until the African Helix stitch reaches the desired length.
STEP 6
When the last loop of the last row is complete, pass back through the last two color A beads added.
STEP 7
Pick up three color B then pass through the next color A from the previous row.

Repeat two more times then pass through the first color B to be added in this step.
STEP 8
Pass back through all the beads of the row then weave through adjacent beads to secure the thread. For additional security add a knot.

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