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Ocean Waves Stitch

This is a very pretty stitch. The ‘wave’ effect of the seed beads encircling one side of the larger bead gives the stitch its evocative name.

By : Denise Shaw

Difficulty: Advanced

This is a very pretty stitch, using fire polished faceted beads and seed beads. The ‘wave’ effect of the seed beads encircling one side of the larger bead gives the stitch its evocative name. Even long pieces such as lariats work up quickly. It is a firmer stitch than some others, so try to keep your tension even and not too tight, as the tighter the tension the stiffer the chain will be.

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You can use different beads for a different effect; small (6mm or smaller) rice pearls work very well, crystal gives more sparkle and round gemstone beads give a subtle, sophisticated look to the finished piece. You could also use larger beads than the 4mms and pair them with larger seed beads for a chunkier effect; just make sure you alter the number of seed beads per ‘wave’ so that they fit around the larger bead. This chain looks lovely as a necklace with a flat focal bead at the center – to do this make half the length you’ll need, add the focal bead and then continue the chain. Pass through the focal bead a few times, weaving through a few beads either side for strength.

Step 1

Thread your needle with a comfortable working length of thread. Pick up * 1 faceted bead and 7 seed beads. Pass your needle through all the beads again and the first two seed beads (the yellow ones in the diagrams) once more to form a circle. Figure 1.


Step 2

Thread on 1 faceted bead and 5 seed beads. Pass your needle up through the 2 seed beads that you went through twice in step 1 (these are the yellow ones in Figure 2).


Step 3

Pass your needle through the faceted bead and the next 2 seed beads (these are the blue ones in Figure 3).


Step 4

Repeat from the * in step 1, continuing to circle through your faceted bead and the next 2 seed beads each time, until the piece is as long as you want.


Step 5  |  Making a finished piece

You can finish a bracelet or necklace in a number of ways. One way is to add a loop of seed beads at each end and then finish the piece with an S-hook clasp. Alternatively you can add your clasp as you bead a loop at each end.


Step 6  |  Using the chain

To make a lariat, finish the ends with fairly heavy focal beads to weight the chain down and keep it straight.