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African Helix Stitch 101

by F&W Media
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Master a unique beading stitch to create necklaces, bracelets and more.

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What You Get

  • 11 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable shopping list, Carol's top tips, and project instructions
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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International beading expert Carol Cypher is here to show you the basics of African helix stitch. Carol will teach you from start to finish how to master this unique beading technique. You'll learn about the origins of African helix stitch, the structure and anatomy of the stitch, how to dress and work with an armature and how to develop your own unique designs. Along the way, you'll complete three stunning projects as you bead with Carol's guidance.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Welcome
Carol welcomes you to this workshop on African helix stitch, from the basics to mastery!
2. Meet Carol Cypher
3. Carol's Favorite Materials
4. Carol's Top 5 Tips
5. Fundamentals of African Helix Stitch
6. Basic Stitch: Silver & Ceylon Bracelet
7. Textural Complexity Introduction
8. Textural Complexity: Red Velvet Rope
9. Enhancing the Swirl Introduction
10. Enhancing the Swirl: Kalahari Oasis Lariat
11. Conclusion

Recommended with this class

  • Various sizes of seed beads, 15 to 6
  • Beading needles
  • Beading thread

Taught by

Carol Cypher
Carol Cypher
Carol Cypher teaches workshops in beadwork and feltmaking and the provocative pairing of the two, in the U.S., Japan, Australia and Europe. She is author of "Mastering Beadwork: A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques," in addition to two felting books, "Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads: 25 Artful Designs" and "How We Felt: Designs and Techniques from Contemporary Felt Artists."

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