Bead Society of Cape Cod

New Location as of April, 2016! The Bead Society of Cape Cod meets the third Thursday of every month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Come for the social hour at 6:15pm, formal meetings begin at 7pm sharp. $6 per meeting for non-members, $40 purchases a year's membership. For more information, please contact us at or write us at P.O.Box 104, South Dennis MA, 02660.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Materials List for Cross-needle weave

At our next Bead Society meeting you will be learning the cross-needle weave. It is a versatile bead-stringing technique using pairs of needles. You should be able to complete this in one night so make sure you have all of your supplies.


Beading thread-fireline, powerpro or Spectra. You cannot use nymo with this stitch. Clasp 4 straight needles #12's would be great Scotch tape--beading pad 4mm beads and 6mm beads

(this can be flexible with a drop but you could not use an 8mm or 10 mm round bead) to compliment. We will call these the focal beads. In the pictures mine are the top and bottom bead. Round pearls and Heishe pearls in the blue necklace. Round pearls and drops (15mm) and top drilled pearls in the pink and green. 4mm bicones and drops in the black. The larger size bottom bead makes it form a natural curve to your neck. If you wanted to make a bracelet using this weave the top and bottom bead would be the same size because you do not want a curve.

4mm bicones are used for the center color.

Pearls cannot be used for the center because two needles need to pass through the bead at once and the holes are too small.

My necklaces were about 17" long and the following is the amount I used,

Black--150 4mm jet AB bicones 35 4mm aurum bicones 35 drops in metallic gold

Pink and green--76-4mm light rose bicones 14-4mm pink pearls 6-6mm top drilled pearls. 7 large drops About 40 pearls to finish plus a few bicones and pink beads.

Blue--52-4mm blue bicones 12-Heishe pearls etc.

I used swarovski but Czech firepolish would work just fine and is much easier on the pocket book.

Have fun picking out your supplies! Looking forward to a fun meeting.

Questions about this project? Contact Mardee at mverdina (at)