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, September 29, 2009

Hi folks,

A big thank you to Jan Falcone and her helpers for teaching the Garden Necklace. Certain aspects were challenging, but the project was well worth the effort. Please bring your completed project to the next meeting, I'm sure everyone would love to see them.

Thanks again Jan!

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It was good to see so many new faces at our last meeting. Let me take this opportunity to say thanks again for coming and to make a brief correction. If you were interested in the West Dennis Bead 'n Chat, it is the LAST Wednesday of the month, so the next West Dennis Bead 'n Chat will be *September 30th*, not tomorrow.

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Our next project will be taught by Deborah Moore Thursday, October 15th and will be the Harlequin Bracelet done in African Helix.

Supply List:

Materials for the Harlequin bracelet
A pencil, dowel or knitting needle (size 8-11 work well)
(A) 8 grams each of 4 different color size 8 seed beads (colors A-D);
4 grams each of white and black size 11 seed beads (for rib);
4 grams each of 4 color size 11 seed beads to match the size 8 seed beads.
(B) size 10 or 12 beading needle
(C) Fireline 10 lb beading thread or alternate of your choice.
(D) Various beads for embellishment (optional)
(E) Clasp of your choice if you don’t want to make toggle closure

General Information

The African Helix stitch is very versatile. You can modify this bracelet by using different materials in one or many colors. You can complete 3, 4 or 5 panels separated by the “rib” beads. You can graduate the wide by using size 8 beads to start and then converting to size 11 beads in the same or different colors. You may use bugle beads for the panels and size 8 or 11 seed beads for the ribs. Experiment and have fun!

It is important to match the width of your knitting needle, dowel or pencil to the circle created in your set-up round. It should be snug but not so tight that you can’t move the tube as it grows.

If this is your first African Helix piece I would recommend using size 8 seed beads for the panels and size 11 seed beads for the ribbing. Using different colors makes a fun piece but it isn’t necessary to make every panel a different color. At a minimum I would recommend that you choose a color for the rib beads that is different from the panel beads.


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