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Hawaiian surf

About this design:

Like Hawaiian leaves, this beaded lei is done with Ogalala butterfly stitch. I use one color for the beads that link the rows. In this version, the rows are each a different color. (I arranged the lei in a rectangle to fit on the background.)


Czech seed beads, Fireline

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    The relaxing blue of the surf and sky make this one relaxing piece to look at and most likely to wear.

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    Moogie says:

    I am always in awe of anyone who “sews beads”! Your necklaces came out beautiful. That’s a really cool stitch too.

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  4. kye
    kye says:

    Beautiful! The colors and stitch remind me of ocean waves. So pretty! :)

  5. C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie says:

    Ditto – gorgeous.

  6. Sophiebug
    Sophiebug says:

    Beautifully made and the colors are just gorgeous!

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is so cool :D

  8. S KatollakaSue
    S KatollakaSue says:

    I’ve always wanted to do Oglala Butterfly stitch, but have apparently permanently misplaced the instructions. One would think, after beading for 22 years and subscribing to almost every beading magazine that it would have appeared more than once… at any rate, I love this. The colors are great together. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love wearing this!

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I really like the placement of the lighter beads evenly spaced between the darker blue ones, and how it creates an effect that can be said to reflect an ocean wave. Another very nice necklace! :)

  10. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    WOW! THis is so pretty and I’m fascinated by the weaving or whatever its called.

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