Chapter 4 Daisy Chain Stitch

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 INTRODUCTION TO DAISY CHAIN

The Daisy Chain stitch is a very pretty one. It can be used for bracelets, anklets, necklaces and chokers. It is a good one to start with if you are a beginner. One possible variation is to use a slightly larger bead size for the center bead of each flower (the orange beads in the example shown here and beads #6 and #15 in the following steps). Try this and watch the effect.

Alternate names for this stitch include: Indian Flower

Example

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 STEP 1

Pick up a light bead on the needle. Pull the bead down the thread, leaving six to eight inches of thread as a tail. Now pass the needle up through the bottom of the bead. Try not to split the thread as it will be removed later.

See Starting in Chapter One for detailed explanations of this process.

Step 1
Figure 4.1
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 STEP 2

Pick up four more light beads, then one dark bead on the needle. Pass the needle back through bead #1 towards the tail.
Step 2
Figure 4.2
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 STEP 3

Pick up three more light beads (#7, #8 and #9) and pass the needle through bead #5.
Step 3
Figure 4.3
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 STEP 4

Pick up one light bead (#10) and pass the needle back through bead #9.
Step 4
Figure 4.4
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 STEP 5

Pick up another light bead (#11) and pass the needle back through bead #10.
Step 5
Figure 4.5
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 STEP 6

Pick up three more light beads (#12, #13 and #14) and one dark bead (#15). Pass the needle back through bead #11.
Step 6
Figure 4.6

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 STEP 7

Pick up three more light beads (#16, #17 and #18) and pass the needle through bead #14.
Step 7
Figure 4.7
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 FINISH

You can keep adding more flowers until your chain reaches the desired length by repeating steps four through seven. Add nine to all bead numbers for each new flower you add.

When done, work the thread tail emerging from bead #1 back into the piece using the zig-zag method described in the Finishing section of Chapter One.

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