How to Stitch Chains of Love with Seed Beads, a Right-Angle Weave Variation
Here is a right-angle weave variation that expresses sentiments stronger than the daisy chain. Working two additional passes in each right-angle unit magically causes the beads to lock together and form heart shapes. When choosing beads, I find that the width of Japanese seed beads makes a fuller shapely chain of hearts.
- Seed beads in 2 or more colors (A and B)
- Beading needle
1: Use 3′ of thread to string 4A; pass through them again, leaving a 4″ tail. Pass through the next 2 beads so that the tail is at the bottom and you are exiting from the top right bead (Figure 1).
2: String 1A and pass through the next (top) bead; string 1A and pass down through the next bead (Figure 2).
Continue around to exit the first bead strung in this step (Figure 3).
3: String 1A and pass through the next (top) bead; string 1A and pass down through the next 2 beads (Figure 4).
Pass through the next 3 beads of Step 1 to exit the top of the heart (Figure 5).
4: Begin the next heart by stringing 1B; pass through the top of the heart and the bead just strung (Figure 6).
String 3B; pass through the 1B and the first bead just strung (Figure 7). Continue from Step 2, changing colors for each 8-bead heart.
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