How to Create the St. Petersburg Stitch
Note: A wide variety of bead combinations can be used in this stitch. The instructions were created using size 8 (A bead) and size 11 (B bead) rocailles.
Cut a 3-foot length of stringing material and thread a beading needle.
String a stop bead, leaving a 4-inch tail.
Pick up one A bead and six B beads.
Pass through the third and fourth B beads added in Step 3 again. Pull the thread tight to create a square of beads.
Pick up one B bead, then pass back through the last three B beads in the row.
This completes row one, leaving the two lower B beads of the square to begin row two.
Pick up one A bead and pass through the two B beads of row two.
Pick up four B beads. Pass through the first two B beads again, pulling tight to create a square.
Repeat Steps 5 - 7 until the St. Petersburg stitch reaches the desired length.
Weave through adjacent beads to secure the thread. For additional security add a knot.
Remove the stop bead and thread the beading needle onto the tail created in Step 2. Pass through multiple adjacent beads to secure the thread. For additional security add a knot.
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