A Grand Beading Day Out!

Crafty Karen and I went to The Big Bead Show at Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey at the end of March. It was a great day, though somewhat marred by the fact that I only had one working hand!  Unfortunately we only had the morning there (we ended up at the hospital in the afternoon as my hand swelled massively and the bruising spread across my hand during the course of the morning), but we still managed to fit in plenty of spending!! So now we have lots of lovely sparkly beads to play with!!

While we were there, we found that the workshops were all booked up months in advance and weren’t even in a place that was wheelchair accessible anyway – most disappointing!! But then we met the lovely ladies from the Beadworkers’ Guild, and had an informal session with the lovely Christine, who taught us the St Petersburg Stitch. Want to know how? Here you are:

St Petersburg Chain

These can be made as a single chain, or by working a second line of the stitch onto the first, you can create a lovely Double St Petersburg Chain. But let’s start with the basics…

Single St Petersburg Chain

Materials

Size 11 seed beeds in Main Colour (M), size 11 seed beeds in Contrast Colour (C), Beading Thread (eg Nymo), Beading Needle, Beading Mat

Method

  1. With approx. 1 metre of thread, pick up 4M and pass through the first two of them again (beads 1 & 2). Pull tight so that the two pairs of beads sit side by side. Hold the work so that beads 3 & 4 are to the left. (Fig 1)
  2. Pick up 4M. Pass through the first two of them again (beads 5 & 6) and pull tight so that the two pairs of beads sit side by side. Pull the thread up tight so that the new block of beads is sitting snuggly on top of the previous block. (Fig 2)
  3. Pick up 1C and pass down through the 3M beads immediately below it to join the two blocks together. (Fig 3)
  4. Pick up 1C and pass up through the last 2M beads. (Fig 4)
  5. Repeat from Steps 2-4 until you have the length of chain required.

Double St Petersburg Chain

Materials

Size 11 seed beeds in Main Colour (M), size 11 seed beeds in Contrast Colour (C), Beading Thread (eg Nymo), Beading Needle, Beading Mat

Method

  1. Make a length of St Petersburg chain.
  2. Work steps 1, 2 & 3 of the basic instructions to start a second length of St Petersburg chain.
  3. Pass through the C bead of the first length (the bead added in step 4 of the basic instructions). Pass through the last 2M beads of the new length. (Fig 5)
  4. Continue in this manner all the way to the top, adding new blocks to the left-hand side and linking them to the length on the right with each stitch (Fig 6). You will find that the “shared” bead is pulled round so that it sits squarely between the two lengths of St Petersburg chain.

For a bit of variation, try using size 15 seed beads or cylinder beeds (eg Delicas) for a more delicate chain, or larger beads for a more chunky look. And perhaps crystals in the centre of the double St Petersburg chain for that extra sparkle!

Have a go yourself, and let me see your pretty sparkles!!

Donna x

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