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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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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.
For this technique, we are using size 11 Japanese seed beads (A) and size 8 Japanese seed beads (B).
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 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.
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.
Skip the first two A beads, and string through the middle two A beads in the same direction. Pull your thread taut.
The last four A beads will form a square.
String one A bead.
Pass back through three A beads in a row.
String one B bead.
Pass through the last two A beads picked up in step 7.
Pull your thread taut.
String four A beads.
Pass back through the first two A beads picked up in step 12 in the same direction.
Pass through the last two A beads picked up in step 12.
Repeat steps 12-18 until you have reached your desired length.
To add a clasp, string three A beads.
Pass back through the last four A beads.
Thread one side of your clasp onto the thread.
Pass back through the last five A beads in the end row.
Pass back through the four A beads in the end row.
Then go through your clasp again. Repeat steps 27 through 29 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 21-25.
Congratulations, you have completed a St. Petersburg Stitch design!