Having Fun with the Spiral Stitch

spiral stitch jewelry

If you’re new to bead weaving, a great place to start is with the spiral stitch. This simple stitch comes together quickly and looks great. You don’t have to be a beginner to enjoy it, either! Anyone can have fun making spiral stitch jewelry. Just ask Artbeads Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura. Cynthia is a pro when it comes to bead weaving and she has fallen in love with this stitch. Just look at some of the creations she’s made!

Berry Bunches

Cynthia used seed beads and Swarovski pearls in the spiral stitch to create these Berry Bunches bracelets. The larger pearls stand out among the colorful seed beads. Of course, Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends are a great option for this stitch. They give you the perfect color palettes to work with, so you can focus on the fun stitch.


These Corsica bracelets feature the same spiral stitch with smaller seed beads. That’s the cool part about this stitch: changing up the beads completely transforms the look of your designs! No wonder Cynthia is having a blast with this technique. Here’s what the stitch looks like with crystal bicones in her Grape Trellis bracelet:

Grape Trellis

Cynthia used an Artbeads Designer Blend featuring Swarovski bicones in the perfect colors to match her seed beads. The beads and look may change, but the stitch stays the same and it couldn’t be easier. Check out our Artbeads Mini Tutorial video and Cynthia will teach you the technique:

Now that you’ve learned this fun and simple stitch, it’s time to check out the variation on this technique: the flat spiral stitch.

Marceline Bracelets

This stitch is quick to complete and looks stunning! As with the spiral stitch, switching up the beads really changes the look. These three Marceline bracelets are so distinct thanks to the different colors and beads used. You can create two rows of flat spiral stitch for an even more astounding look. Cynthia shows off this technique in her Cora bracelet:


The seed beads framing the pearls create a regal look we love. You can see the flat spiral stitch technique in action in the Mini Tutorial video below:

After Cynthia made all of these fantastic jewelry pieces, she was ready to teach a bunch of us here at Artbeads just how easy it is to make spiral stitch designs!


We gathered in the craft room and Cynthia helped us out with our own spiral stitch creations. We all had fun choosing different combinations of beads. Check out how the double flat spiral stitch changes when you use Miyuki baroque pearl beads:


You can also use fire-polished beads to great effect in this stitch, as well. These economical options are available in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something to suit your style. We used golden fire-polished beads with coppery seed beads for a modern look:


We had fun learning this technique from Cynthia and with the Mini Tutorials above, you will too! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced beader, you’re sure to fall in love with this addicting stitch. We haven’t stopped making new designs. Make sure to share your spiral stitch creations with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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  1. Reply

    Flat spiral is my go-to stitch. It’s so versatile and works up quickly!

    • Gioia Cubelo
    • April 13, 2015

    Flat spiral…How do you stop the beads on the sides of the pearls from popping up? I’m afraid to end it with a clasp while they pop off of the pearl.

  2. Reply

    You guys are pretty good at this. Cynthia seems like a great teacher.

  3. Reply

    Thanks for the sharing your valuable information through your blog.

    I appreciate with your work.

    Beaded Jewelry

    • James Garner
    • August 3, 2015

    These designs are really awesome, it does reflect the creativity and innovation of the designer. Today, we can see various designs evolving with customized used of different materials . It has ushered new ways of jewellery making , you can also read about various designs here- http://www.jewelexi.com/blog/jewelry/depiction-of-butterflies-gives-the-wings-to-your-jewel-desire I have gone through blogs of different designers and feel good to observe such articulate.

  4. Reply

    Great work .
    Am even wondering if you are a Kenyan because
    this is what we do at http://www.coolbeads.wordpress.com

  5. Reply

    This simple stich comes together quickly and looks great. Changing the looks of jewelry with this ultimate idea is very nice.

  6. Reply

    Nice designs…… you can find some similar designs here also… http://www.shreenandita.com

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