DIY African Helix Stitch Tutorial

If you like to try how to do tubular beading I would recommend you try the African Helix Stitch. This is the first tubular beading stitch I’ve learned and I find it is good to learn for beginners.
 

One characteristic of an African Helix Stitch are the raised beads or what is called “piping.”

 

African Helix Armband by Beadybee

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The piping also creates the design for the African Helix stitch. You use a different color of bead for the piping and it will create that spiraling effect on the beadwork.

 

African Helix Armband by Beadybee
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Using 2 colors of seed beads that we’ll name blue and green. Green will be the accent beads to represent the “piping.”

slide in 3 blue alternate with 1 green. Form a circle of seed beads by tying a knot. After tying a knot pass the thread again into the seed beads to strengthen the foundation and come out where you had the knot.

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Now use a tube or any rounded object to help you see clearly the tubular shape of the beadwork.

Coming out where the knot is, slide in 3 blue and 2 green. Pass the thread under and over the thread from your foundation after the green bead.
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Repeat the previous pattern of weaving until you’ve gone all the way around the beadwork and ready to start a 2nd row.
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For the 2nd row, similar to how you did the 1st row, slide in 3 blue and 2 green. Pass the thread under and over the thread after the blue bead from the 2nd row.
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Continue with the pattern of weaving until you’ve gone all the way around the beadwork and ready to start 3rd row.
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As you weave you will notice that a row of beads, the green beads will rise up and that is the piping. Finish your beadwork by passing back thru several seed beads and making half stitches.
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African Helix Stitch is an easy stitch and I find it easier to build up the beadwork because you don’t have to pass the thread into the beads again. No need to use different sizes too to create a spiraling effect.
Now, like I always say, practice makes perfect so here’s a video tutorial with Karla Schaefer.
WATCH HERE…
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Have fun beading!

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