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About this design:

I learned a new stitch--Dutch spiral. It's a slow-go, but the result is pretty dramatic. When a friend said, "That looks like a wave," I had a name for the piece.


Silver-plated bead caps and clasp, seed beads: white-lined gray 15, white-lined gray 11, metallic aqua 11, matte aqua 11, pearlized rust 8, blue-green luster 8, green luster 6, picasso green luster 6, crystal siver-gold luster 6

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  1. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is stunning! I’ve never seen anything like it. I love the colors you used too! I would love to get a closer look, do you have any close up shots you could add?

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I am speechless! This goes into my favs, and it’s simply stunning! I so admire your talent. What a totally gorgeous piece! The colors are elegant and the beadcaps fabulous ( I have them too and love them!). Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I just don’t even know what to say. Its incredible. So gorgeous!! Beautiful colors!!

  4. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    WOW! Laud, I’m speechless too! Fantabulousness!!!
    I would like to see this design in burgandy, black and silver. Lots of sizes and shapes like this one. Dramatic for nighttime!!!

  5. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Oh my gosh, this makes me “swoon”, and I don’t think I’ve ever done that :) This stitch is incredible, Laud. You have such a talent, not only for just plain being able to do this type of thing, but for choosing the colors and types of beads as well. What size seed beads and beads did you use? Are there some bicones in there as well? Oh my gosh, I can’t even imagine doing this!

  6. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I’ve read all the comments and all I can say is that when I first saw that I was speechless until a long drawn out WOW came out of my mouth.

    I could never do these sticking thing. I admire them so much but my fingers would never cooperate. Amazing Laud. Its just exquisite.

  7. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:


    You made me jealous!!!!

    I agree with Nancy: it is exquisite! bravo! :)

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Exquisite! More than anything I love your choices of beads. Anyone can learn a stitch but you take a technique and add a touch that no one else thinks of. Your eye for combinations is unmatched!

  9. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    Laud, this is not just a wave, this is a TIDAL WAVE!
    Absolutely fabeadulous. Like the ocean lapping the shore Laud, you keep us coming back for more. A truly great design :)

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Laud! The colors you chose are so beautiful together, they seem to flow as one. Another mouth dropping, eyes bulging stunner!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Laud, this is simply an art, I have no words to describe it :D

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Holy cow! This is absolutely beautiful! Could we have more pictures please?? WOW!

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    WOW! This is stunning!!

  14. Laud
    Laud says:

    Gosh, thanks everyone! I don’t have all the color numbers I used because I inherited some of the beads from my friend, but I took pictures of the tubes. Hope that helps. For the beadweavers in the group, I’ll just say that Dutch spiral is the opposite of Cellini spiral, where you add new beads AFTER you go through one of the same color. With Dutch, you add BEFORE the same-colored bead. Huh. Wonder who invented these stitches?

    I’ve done some other strips with peach-cream colors, but I hadn’t thought of dramatic burgundy-black-silver. Sounds nice, especially for winter holidays.

  15. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Laud, I love your comment, “Wonder who invented these stitches?” – it made me laugh :) No kidding is right. I’ve just started catching on to Cellini…I’m not sure my brain is ready to reverse itself for Dutch!!!!
    Seems like it must be the change between the 15′s up to the 6/0s that make that lovely, deep furlough in the spiral? I’m still swooning…

  16. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Oh, geez, I think I meant to saw “furrow” instead of “furlough” in the spiral. Must be past my bedtime??!?!?!

  17. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:


  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    Lois, unlike Cellini, the Dutch spiral grows by more than one bead in specific areas. The number goes up with each round, so you start by adding one, then two…up to six, then start decreasing (five, four….down to one). This part of the pattern creates the long lines of beads you can see here leading up to the sixes. You can vary the color/size of beads in those lines. I haven’t done that yet, but I’ve thought of doing a rainbow or adding crystals or squares or triangles. So many choices!

  19. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    I think I need to start peyote with all that stitches , turns and jumps…lol. I will try it in October. We are going to Moscow in three weeks and will be back by the end of September, so… One of our jewelry club’s member promised to teach me…

  20. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Laudomia, I think medium mauve , medium gray, pearls, and antique silver or pewter will give a gorgeous result too ;)

  21. Laud
    Laud says:

    Oh! I like that combo, Julia. I have a winter mix shell pearl set. Could be a great cold-weather project.

    Re peyote, try working flat pieces first. If you stick with even count, you don’t have weird turns; everything lines up.

  22. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Can’t think of another thing to say. Gorgeous!

  23. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I think the hardest part of peyote stitch for beginners, is just getting started. Once you have three or four rows to hang onto it’s a breeze. Especially even count.

  24. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous!

  25. franny
    franny says:

    stunning piece…i’ve made some peyote tubes but after this masterpiece i’d be too embarrassed to “show & tell”

    KATHERINE T says:

    This piece stopped me in my tracks and like the others I said out loud, “Wow!! That’s hot!!!” I would love to do things like this unlike Granny my hands can do it but my brain is the uncooperative part of my body.

  27. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    All I can say is wow! That’s all I’ve got!! ;)

  28. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Totally magnificent and I can only imagine how much time it takes to create a wonder like this, Laud ! Thanks for sharing it with us – - -

  29. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Thank You for advise, Laud :) I am sure I will ask you for more while learning :) I just hope that my sawing skills will also help? ;)

  30. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    OMG!!! I mean my sewing not sawing!!! Right I will saw it in half ;( Senior moment…

  31. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Awesomely Chink-a-lish-ous! The end results are worth the slow go…as you say! :)

  32. Brenda H
    Brenda H says:

    Like everyone else I’m blown away! I’ve just recently started some bead weaving, peyote, right angle, etc. but nothing close to this beautiful work of art! Can’t wait for the next design.

  33. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Opse that was suppose to say Chunk-a-lish-ous.

  34. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    And here I thought you said, “CHICK-a-lish-ous”, because of all the LB “Chickies” on board.
    Funny, isn’t it, how the eye/brain will perceive something…

  35. Laud
    Laud says:

    I thought it was chick-a-lish-ous, too. Guess we’re better beaders than readers….

  36. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Chick-a-lish-ous works for me! lol

  37. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful, inspiring comments!

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