How to Bead Weave a Daisy Chain

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this video, learn how to bead weave a daisy chain. This simple bead weaving technique is easy to do and results in a beautiful finished look. The stitch covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, making it ideal for bead weaving projects which need a woven chain but ones where you do not have a lot of time to spend.
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Hi, this is Julie with and today I'm going to show you how to bead weave a daisy chain. It's really a simple technique and it is a lot of fun. You could cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time which is really nice with bead weaving when you can do that. I have a examples here. Here's a classic daisy chain where you'll see the daisy with the center. Then there's a few beads between it and the next daisy a few more beads another daisy. Here's a variation on that where I've actually used a larger size bead inside. So I've got 11/0 on the outside and a size 8/0 in the middle and then I've done it where I've done one bead between each daisy and over here I haven't put any seed beads between the different daisies. I've just done one daisy next to another next to another and I've actually added more around the outside. It might all seem a little bit foreign right now. I'm going to show you how to do all three different variations. Here's just another variation where I've done the same technique but I've used czech glass beads in size four millimeter. So to begin you're going to want to take some beading thread. Either Nymo, ko or I've got some wildfire depending upon what you're going to want to be doing with it. I've threaded my needle onto the thread. I'm using a size ten needle for the project I'm doing. Of course you're going to want to choose your needle according to your project. I'm going to place a stopper bead onto my thread. I'm going to tie a simple overhand knot leaving a tail of about six to eight inches. And for you the first to way to do a daisy chain I'm going to go ahead and place eight beads onto my needle. So I got five, six, seven, eight. You're always going to want to have an even number of beads. You can vary it though. You can use six you can use ten. Do as many as you like. Pull those beads down to your bead stop. Go ahead and go through that first bead strung. Pull your needle through so you've created a loop. At this point try to pull your beads as close to the bead stop as you can. Take a different color bead. It can be the same size or it can be larger. Pull that down. Position what will be the center bead in the middle of your round and then count starting with the bead you went through first so that was your first bead you strung and then you just went through it again. We want to count five beads over. This is if you're going to do eight beads on this round. So one, two, three four, five. On the fifth bead go up through it thus anchoring your center bead in place and you can see now that it's positioned directly in the center of your round. So you've got three beads on the side, one on each side and than three beads on the top part as well. So that's in the center. Now if you want to you can go ahead and add several beads. I've got three here onto your beading thread as a spacer bead between your daisies. Then to make another daisy just simply pick up eight more I've got four, five, six, seven, eight Pull them down until they meet the spacer beads. Now go back through the first one and if you hold it like this it's going to keep those nice and close up to your spacer beads. You can scoot them down as well. Go ahead and add a center bead again. Count five beads from the bead you just went through. So one two three four five. My fifth bead I'm gonna go through. There you have another daisy. Pick up a few more spacer beads. I'm going to do one more daisy this way then I'm going to do another type. So eight beads again. Five, six, seven, eight. Pull them down. Go through the first one. Create a circle. Add a middle bead. Position it in the center count five beads so one, two, three, four, five go through that fifth bead and there you have a daisy. So we made a nice little chain like this. Now if you want to do a little variation you can go ahead and just do one daisy next to another daisy without spacer beads and you would just go ahead and pick up another eight beads directly after you finished your daisy. So I've got four, five, six, seven and eight. Pull these down. Make sure you take note of where you're daisy ends and your new beads begin. Go through that first bead you strung. This is going to be the first bead of the new daisy. Go ahead and add a center bead. Count five beads. One, two, three, four, five. Now to alter the daisy chain a little bit, if you want to add a larger bead in the center such as this four millimeter round what I'm going to do is pick up ten beads the first time. So two, three. And I need more beads to acommondate the larger circumference of my middle bead. I'm going to go through the first bead that I strung just like I did with my other daisies. I'm going to string now my center bead position it in the middle. Now what I'm going do is I'm going to count six beads over, counting the first one I started with. So one, two, three, four, five, six. Go through it. Pull tightly and I'll show you how to do that one more time. Pick up ten go through the first bead string on your larger center bead position it in the middle count six beads one, two, three, four, five, six go through it and there you have your daisy link. That is all there is to bead weaving a daisy chain. Go to for all of your beading supply needs!

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