Tuesday, 9 June 2009

St. Petersburg Stitch

The latest issue of Bead & Button magazine has this great stitch in it, which I think is amazingly effective for how simple it is.

First I tried the single row, to keep things easy. After several changes of beads, I came up with this bracelet, which is very simple but also classy I think. I made the toggle and loop closure in the same colour beads, but smaller, so as not to draw attention away from the main part of the bracelet.

Then, I decided to try the double stitch version. It is still mid-production, but the general idea can be seen. You work a chain in single stich and then go back to the beginning and add the second half. I have made this version in 11° seed beads, but would make another in larger beads as this is taking ages!


Sharon said...

Hi, I found your blog by doing a search in Google for St. Petersburg Stitch Bracelet. I, too, have seen the article in the Bead and Button magazine. I've tried the stitch and I love it, but I can't seem to get my stitches tight enough because the thread seems to show through and the beads don't seem to be tight enough. I'm wondering if I'm using the wrong thread. I'm using beading thread. Can you tell me what kind of thread you used, what size beading needles, etc.? thanks so much! I really want to try a bracelet, but I'm a little frustrated right now.

bwheather said...

Hi Sharon,
I see you haven't received a reply, so I hope no one minds if I give my opinion on your question. ;-)

I haven't done this stitch, yet, was researchingf or it just now, but I do find sometimes certain beading threads react differently in different stitches. I like using Fireline, a fishing line, for many of the weaves that need tight tension. Perhaps you could, or maybe you already have, give that a go instead. ;-)

Love the bracelets in the photo, too, in particular the double stitch. Yummo. ;-)