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.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

St. Petersburg Chain - March 19th

Meet and greet - 6pm-7pm
Meeting - 7pm-9:30 pm

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A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Tattoo necklace class! Our first meeting back after the holiday break (and bad weather) and your presence was greatly appreciated. Thank you both those who taught and those who participated.

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Show and Tell

I hear many people were well on their way to completing a Tattoo stitch necklace. Bring in your completed projects and show them off!

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Our next meeting will be the St. Petersburg Chain, March 19th at the Dennis Police Station Community Room.

This is a beautiful elegant stitch that can be adapted to many different bead sizes. I recommend choosing the larger bead sizes for learning the stitch.

List of materials:

Select at least two (2) sizes of beads from the combinations listed below.

Select rounded seed beads (Czech) rather than cylinders or delicas

Main Color - Size 11 seed beads (60 per inch)
Larger Bead - 4 mm round bead (6 per inch)
Optional Arm End Bead - Size 15, 10, 11, 2mm, size 8 (12 per inch)


Main Color - Size 10 seed beads (50 per inch)
Larger Bead - Size 6 seed beads (5 per inch)
Optional Arm End Bead Size 15, 10, 11, 2mm, Size 8 (5 per inch)


Main Color - Size 8 seed beads (80 per 3 inches)
Larger Bead - 6 mm round bead (10 per 3 inches)
Optional Arm End Bead - 3 mm round bead (10 per 3 inches)

In the attached pictures, the turquoise/silver/silver half stitch shows the Eights/6mm/3mm combination. The gray/silver/darker gray combination shows the Elevens/3mm with 15s as a picot stitch.

Your thread and needle will depend on the size beads used. You should be able to pass the thread through the beads at least FIVE times. I recommend doing some testing beforehand to make sure this will work.

Also, it's not enough to simply get the needle through. The necklace needs to be loose enough to drape. If the stitch is so very tight it sits on your neck like a stiff thing, that's not going to be the desired result.

Do some playing around. And if you're not certain which beads/thread/needles to use, bring an assortment with you to the meeting and we'll assist you.

And of course, along with the needles/beads/thread, bring,

Bead mat
Light (if you need it).