How to Create the Russian Spiral Stitch

Instructions by Lexi, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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Note: The illustrations were created with size 8 (color A bead) and size 11 color (B bead) rocailles. Any combination of two bead sizes can be used to create this spiral, so long as the larger bead is color A.
STEP 1
Cut a 3-foot length of stringing material.

Thread a beading needle, leaving a tail.
STEP 2
Pick up three groups of one color A bead and two color B beads. Move the beads to the end of the thread, leaving a 6 -inch tail.

Note: The diameter of the finished weave can be altered by starting with more groups of seed beads on the first row.
STEP 3
Pass through all the beads again, pull tight to create a circle, then create a knot.
STEP 4
Pass through the next color A and color B, exiting between two color Bs.
STEP 5
Pick up one A bead and two B beads. Skip over the next two beads of the first row and pass through the third (a color B).
Repeat.
STEP 6
Repeat Step 5, pulling tightly after each stitch, until the Russian spiral reaches the desired length.

The weave will begin to cup and then become a tube as length is added.
STEP 7
Pass through all the beads in the last row to secure the thread. For additional security add a knot.

Add a beading needle to the tail from Step 2, then repeat to secure the thread.

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