This week I went a little Dutch spiral crazy! It had been over a decade since I made my last one, and I didn't take pictures of everything I made back then.
My beady Facebook friend Nancy Dale started a group this year that has beading prompts (NEDbeads Monthly Beading Prompts) and the August prompt is Dutch Spiral. I didn't plan to have cover it at the same time, and I know it is the 31st, but better late than never! It also makes my blog a little easier :) As Nancy suggested in her group the blog Inspirational Beading has a great tutorial on how to start a Dutch Spiral rope. In her group there are prompts for all the months of this year, and a new one coming soon, click on over and check out it out. You can also find Nancy Dale on Etsy where her shop has over 20 beading tutorials!
I used the suggested tutorial to make my first Dutch Spiral, I used a Rizo beads in the place of the size 8s. It turned out looking alright, but wasn't the look I really wanted so I stopped and started a new rope.
For the second piece I used some old beads and a partial strand of faceted glass.. I had to stop when I ran out of beads (both glass and seed). I wish I had some more but I still like my little sample.
Did I mention that the seed beads were old? Here's the package...I think the Ben Franklin I bought these on clearance at closed in 2009. :( They aren't vintage, but they were old enough the plastic yellowed!
I went a little overboard with the Dutch spiral -here is the last spiral I made this week. It isn't finished because I ran out of steam and didn't really think through how I was going to finish it. I will add it to the UFO pile and tackle it in the winter!
There are many other tutorials about Dutch spiral. A quick Google or a search on YouTube will lead the way. The best part of Dutch Spiral is the versatility, there are unlimited combos of beads and colors that make for interesting spirals.
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September 21st: Flat Chenille
Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth