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Double St. Petersburg stitch is built by first stitching one side, and then beginning a second chain and attaching it to the first side.
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Seed Beads - color A (we used size 11 Japanese seed beads
Seed Beads - color B (we used size 8 Japanese seed beads
Size D Beading Thread or FireLine Braided Bead Thread
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
When you have run out of thread, weave the end of the thread back into the piece to end it. Then cut the end and burn with a thread burner. To begin a new thread, weave it up through the piece and exit from the last bead. Then continue the pattern.
Complete a first chain using size 11 (A) and size 8 Japanese seed beads (B). See Single St. Petersburg Stitch.
Cut a piece of thread about six feet long. Thread your needle. Use wax or Thread Heaven to condition your thread and prevent fraying.
String through the stop bead of the first chain. String six size 11 seed beads.
Pass back through the third and fourth beads strung in the previous step. Pull the thread taut to form the four beads into a square unit.
String one size 11 seed bead.
Pass back down through three beads.
Instead of stringing another bead, as you would in the starting length of chain, pass through the size 8 seed bead in the first stitch of the first chain.
Pass back through the two beads in the other column.
String four size 11 seed beads.
Pass back through the first two beads picked up in step 9.
String one size 11 seed bead, and pass back down through three seed beads.
Pass through the size 8 seed bead in the first chain to join the two stitches together.
Pass back through the two beads in the last column.
String four beads to continue building the second side. The pattern shown in steps 9-13 will continue to the end of the chain.
Pass back through the last four A beads.
Thread one side of your clasp onto the thread.
Pass back up through the last five A beads in the end row.
Pass back down through the four A beads in the end row.
Go through your clasp again. Repeat steps 16 through 18 three more times to secure the clasp.
Cut your Thread.
Clean up the ends of your thread, using a Perfect End Thread Burner. Burn, or melt, the end of your thread until the end is no longer visible.
For the opposite end of your piece, remove the stopper bead. Thread your needle onto the end of the thread and repeat steps 16-21.
Congratulations, you have successfully created a double St. Petersburg chain and added a clasp!