Just tried beadwork for the first time. A class run by Maureen Russell at the Nan McKay Hall www.nanmckayhall.co.uk
I made a sort of rope called Spiral staircase:-
1. On a comfortable length of thread pick up 4 core beads (1 colour. size 11) and 3 accent beads (a different colour). Pass needle and thread back up through first 4 beads, pull snugly.
2. Pick up one core bead and 3 accent beads.
3. Go back through last 3 core beads from step 1 and the new core bead just added. Keep tension tight and always move the outer 3 beads to the left.
Keep going until you have the length you want. (Maureen Ann Designs C 2011)
You can put a keeper bead in to start. Thread can be joined in so work at a comfortable length. A dab of clear nail varnish holds the thread end inside the bead where joins are made, thread through 3 beads, tie a half hitch round the main thread, repeat 3 times and continue with pattern on new thread. Work can generally be unpicked if you have gone wrong. A piece of fleece makes a good work mat, and a dosset box can be used to store beads.