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Vortex Beaded Pendant
Free Brick Stich Beading Pattern
I live in Myrtle Beach, which sometimes gets hurricanes. I think the storms are very beautiful... the vortex shape was the inspiration for this brick stitch beading pattern. This diamond-shaped pattern makes an unforgettable pendant or it can be stitched to a pin back to make a brooch. If you run a thread around the outer edge you can pull the diamond into a three-dimensional domed form.
Beaded Vortex Materials
Beginner through Intermediate
hours - possible to complete in a weekend
60 beads tall; 30 beads wide
1-3/4" x 3" using Delicas
Thread: I used gray Nymo D.
Beading Needles: I used size 10s.
Thread Conditioner: Thread Heaven or beeswax, optional.
Scissors or Snippers: I used my wire flush cutters.
Beads: You can work this design with any beads, but keep in mind the finished dimensions will change. I worked the example using Delicas. The first color is the one shown in my pattern, followed by the Delica I used. If I saw another color that would also have worked well, that is listed next:
Delica DB167 Rainbow Opaque Power Blue or DB165 Rainbow Opaque Royal Blue
DB166 Rainbow Opaque Kelly Green
DB164 Rainbow Opaque Turquoise
DB56H Inside Color Cranberry AB Hex or DB158 Rainbow Opaque Lavender Cream
DB918H Inside Color Turquoise Hex or DB112 Sea Blue Luster
Supplies for this Beading Project
You can get supplies for this project at any beading or crafts store or you can order beading materials online.
How to Bead Using Brick Stitch
Constructing the Beaded Vortex
Start with the widest row using ladder stitch or whatever your personal preference is for starting brick stitck. Work one half of the pattern, then the other. I replaced the top and bottom blue beads with 4-mm blue crystals and ran a coated beading wire through the outside beads to add stability to the design and to use it as the focal point of a pearl necklace. If you use Matsunos or Czech beads instead of Delicas, your diamond will be somewhat shorter and wider.
Let me know what you think of the pattern. Were the instructions easy enough to follow? Would you like to see more brick stitch beading patterns?