How to Bead the Double St. Petersburg Chain

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How to Bead the Double St Petersburg Chain
How to Bead the Double St Petersburg Chain
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Learn How to Bead the Double St. Petersburg Chain with this free beading pattern. If you want to know how to make bracelets that will awe your friends and family, this is the tutorial for you! Not all DIY jewelry has this level of intricacy, and you will love the beautiful and unique design of these DIY bracelets. If you want to know how to weave one of the most captivating seed bead patterns, you have to try this out. Grab your beads and your thread and check out this tutorial!

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Bead TypeSeed

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Bead Technique UsedStitched

Bead Project TypeBracelet


What is the St. Petersburg Stitch?

The St. Petersburg stitch is a stunning chain stitch that you definitely need to try! Typically used to make bead chains, this design creates a series of slanted columns. This stitch is made of top and bottom turnings, creating the slanted effect. There are two common types of St. Petersburg stitches: single and double. Start with the single stitch: click here to learn how to make a single St. Petersburg stitch. Both of them are flexible, but the main difference is that the double St. Petersburg stitch connects a second chain connected to the middle beads. You can use this stitching technique with a variety of beads, so it’s very versatile. 

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I missed the instructions on how to master the St. Petersburg chain, so I hope it is not crucial to know before I read over how to bead the double St. Petersburg chain. The very first step in the instructions say to wax and stretch your Nymo thread, but cant you purchase it already waxed instead of doing it yourself which I have no clue how to proceed.

Hi Hippie Chick, we have a great tutorial on the basic St. Petersburg chain with step-by-step photos here: There are some beading threads that are available pre-waxed, but Nymo typically is not. However, you can find bead thread conditioning wax and similar products near the stringing materials in most jewelry or craft stores. We hope this helps! - Editors of AllFreeJewelryMaking

Thank you very much for the information. I will definitely check the next time that I am at my craft store. The tutorial that you directed me to via your link was very helpful indeed. I am hoping to make this for a couple of people as a small Christmas gift this year.

This is very pretty. And the instructions are super easy. If I can understand them, anyone can. You could make this in different variations. All one color, two or three colors or like this one. I like that in a project. The capability to customize the item. Thank you for sharing this one.

Saving this project! This technique looks like it yields beautiful results!

I saved this project so I can go back the blog and find these instructions when I'm ready. This looks just easy enough for a beginner jewelry maker like me can make something pretty.


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