Chapter 9 Lace Stitch

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 INTRODUCTION TO LACE STITCH

The Lace stitch can be used for bracelets, anklets, earrings, chokers and bag covers. The thread tension for this particular stitch is critical. It must be moderately tight. You will probably have to try the stitch a few times before it comes out right so don’t get too discouraged. Some very nice patterns can be incorporated into this lacy type of stitch. Use the pattern pages at the end of this chapter to experiment with different design ideas.

Alternate names for this stitch include: Mexican Lace

Example

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 STEP 1

Pick up a white 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 9.1
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 STEP 2

Pick up sixteen more beads on the needle in the following order; 1 white, 1 black, 3 white, 1 black, 3 white, 1 black, 5 white and 1 black. Pass the needle back through bead #11 as shown. .
Step 2
Figure 9.2
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 STEP 3

Pick up 1 black, 1 white and 1 black bead (#18, #19 and #20) and pass the needle through bead #7 as shown.
Step 3
Figure 9.3
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 STEP 4

Pick up three more beads on the needle; 1 black (#21), 1 white (#22), and another black (#23). Pass the needle back through beads #3, #2 and #1.
Step 4
Figure 9.4
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 STEP 5

Pick up 3 white beads (#24, #25 and #26) and 1 black bead (#27).
Step 5
Figure 9.5
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 STEP 6

Pass the needle back through beads #3, #2 and #1 again.
Step 6
Figure 9.6

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 STEP 7

Now pass the needle back through beads #24, #25 and #26.
Step 7
Figure 9.7

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 STEP 8

Pick up 3 beads on the needle; 1 white (#28), 1 black (#29) and another white (#30). Pass the needle through bead #22.
Step 8
Figure 9.8
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 STEP 9

Pick up 3 more beads on the needle; 1 white (#31), 1 black (#32) and another white (#33). Pass the needle through bead #19.
Step 9
Figure 9.9
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 STEP 10

Pick up 3 more beads on the needle; 1 white (#34), 1 black (#35) and another white (#36). Pass the needle through bead #16.
Step 10
Figure 9.10
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 STEP 11

Pick up 3 white beads (#37, #38 and #39) and 1 black bead (#40). Pass the needle back through bead #35 as shown.
Step 11
Figure 9.11
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 STEP 12

Pick up 3 more beads on the needle; 1 black (#41), 1 white (#42) and another black (#43). Pass the needle through bead #32.
Step 12
Figure 9.12
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 STEP 13

Pick up 3 more beads on the needle; 1 black (#44), 1 white (#45) and 1 black (#46). Pass the needle through beads #29, #28 and #26.
Step 13
Figure 9.13

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 STEP 14

Pick up 3 white beads (#47, #48 and #49) and 1 black bead (#50).
Step 14
Figure 9.14
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 STEP 15

Pass the needle back through beads #29, #28 and #26.
Step 15
Figure 9.15
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 STEP 16

Now pass the needle through beads #47, #48 and #49.
Step 16
Figure 9.16
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 FINISH

Pull the thread tight. The piece should now look like the example shown.
Step 17
Figure 9.17

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 ADD ROWS

Repeat steps 8 through 16 to add another row. Add 23 to all bead numbers.

Keep repeating steps 8 through 16 to continue adding rows. Be sure to keep adding 23 to all bead numbers each time.

Step 18
Figure 9.18

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