September 15, 2020

Basic Beading Stitch Daisy Chain You Would Be Proud To Wear!

Remember making beaded daisy chains as a child? Make a more grown-up, sophisticated version using this simple stitch that you would be proud to wear!

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Daisy chain is cute and lovely, but did you know that it has more possibilities? This simple beading pattern can become fabulous jewelry pieces from elegant bracelets and earrings to stylish necklaces and rings.

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You will need only a few supplies: a needle, thread, and seed beads. The key to making a cool piece that gives a high-end touch is to choose the right seed beads. They can make a huge difference on how your beadwork will turn out when it is finished.

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A "seed bead" is a generic term for any small bead. When you go online, you will see countless suppliers who sell “high-quality” inexpensive beads in bulk (sold as cheap as $10 for 20,000 pieces). We do not recommend them for this project because they likely will have uneven shapes, sizes, and break easily. Needless to say, they would not produce the result you have dreamed of. If you already have these beads at hand, save them for other projects!

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One tip to find quality seed beads is to look for beads from Japan. Japanese seed beads are considered to be the highest quality and the most popular among beaders worldwide. They are consistent in shape and size, and also very durable so that you can wear your piece for a long time. Beaders also love them for their large holes and thin walls, which are excellent because multiple threads can go back through each bead. In fact, jewelry artists all over the world quintessentially choose Japanese beads for their designs.

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The three major Japanese seed bead brands available in the U.S. are Miyuki, Toho and Matsuno. So next time you shop for your beads, online or offline, take these names into consideration!

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HOW TO MAKE A BEADED DAISY CHAIN

Tools and Material
Seed beads : Size 11
Thread: Size 8Lb (.017mm)
Beading Needle: Size 10

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Basic Daisy Stitch

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This is the beginner beading stitch! Mix and match petal colors to create beautiful accessories.

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1. String 6 beads onto the thread.

2. Thread through the first bead (the black bead) to make a circle.

3. Pull the thread tight to form a loop.

4. String the bead that will become the center of the flower (the white bead).

5. Skip 2 beads and t
hread through the 3rd bead (the yellow bead).

6. Pull the thread tight to form a flower. Repeat until you have reached the desired length.  You can insert a number of beads between flowers. 

Daisy Chain Variations 1:  Connected Daisies

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Make a chain with connecting daisies. It is much easier and quicker than it looks.

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1. After making a flower using the basic daisy stitch, string 4 beads onto the thread.

2. Thread through the bead (the red bead) underneath the one the thread is exiting (the yellow bead) from the bottom. 

3. Pull the thread tight to form a loop.

4. String the bead that will become the center of the flower. (the white bead).

5. Skip 2 beads and thread through the 3rd bead (the black bead). Pull the thread tight to form a flower. Repeat until you have reached the desired length.   

Daisy Chain Variations 2:  Square-Stitched Daisies
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This is another fun and easy stitch!

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1. After making a flower using the basic daisy stitch, string 2 beads onto the thread.

2. Thread the bead underneath where your thread is exiting and the bead from which your thread is exiting (the green bead then yellow bead).

3. Pull the thread,

4. Go back to thread through the two beads (the black bead then blue bead) to strengthen the stitch. Pull the thread, 

5. String 4 beads.

6. Thread through the first of the two beads of the second flower (the black bead). 

7. Pull the thread.

8. String the bead for the center of the flower.  

9. Skip 2 beads and thread through the 3rd beads (the yellow bead). Pull the thread tight to form a flower. Repeat until you have reached the desired length.   

Did you like our tutorial? If you have a comment or suggestion to share, we look forward to hearing from you! Reach out by emailing contactus@japanesecreations.com.

If you want to learn more exciting and creative Japanese art forms, check out our Chigiri-e, Chirimen, & Etegami courses we offer.

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