Single St. Petersburg Stitch

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A unique stitch with a distinctive shape, St. Petersburg can be woven with a wide variety of beads, resulting in wide-ranging looks.
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Tip 1When 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.
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Step 1

For this technique, we are using size 11 Japanese seed beads (A) and size 8 Japanese seed beads (B).

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about six feet long. Thread your needle. Use wax or Thread Heaven to condition your thread and prevent fraying.

Step 3

String a stop bead. This bead will be removed later so the color does not matter. Go back through the stopper bead to hold it in place. Position the stop bead about 12 inches from the end of the thread.

Step 4

Begin your St. Petersburg piece by stringing six A beads. Bring all the beads down to the end of the thread, next to the stop bead.

Step 5

Skip the first two A beads, and string through the middle two A beads in the same direction. Pull your thread taut.

Step 6

The last four A beads will form a square.

Step 7

String one A bead.

Step 8

Pass back through three A beads in a row.

Step 9

String one B bead.

Step 10

Pass through the last two A beads picked up in step 7.

Step 11

Pull your thread taut.

Step 12

String four A beads.

Step 13

Pass back through the first two A beads picked up in step 12 in the same direction.

Step 14

The last four A beads will form a square.

Step 15

String one A bead.

Step 16

Pass back through three A beads in a row.

Step 17

String one B bead.

Step 18

Pass through the last two A beads picked up in step 12.

Step 19

Repeat steps 12-18 until you have reached your desired length.

Step 20

To add a clasp, string three A beads.

Step 21

Pass back through the last four A beads.

Step 22

Thread one side of your clasp onto the thread.

Step 23

Pass back through the last five A beads in the end row.

Step 24

Pass back through the four A beads in the end row.

Step 25

Then go through your clasp again. Repeat steps 27 through 29 three more times to secure the clasp.

Step 26

Cut your thread.

Step 27

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.

Step 28

For the opposite end of your piece, remove the stopper bead. Thread your needle onto the end of the thread and repeat steps 21-25.

Step 29

Congratulations, you have completed a St. Petersburg Stitch design!

 

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