Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Keychain with Sagittarius (Zodiac sign)

Brick stitch: Keychain with Sagittarius (Zodiac sign)

The current year comes to its end and also comes to an end our series of keychains with zodiac signs. Every month throughout 2013 we did one keychain with the zodiac sign of the month. Today is the turn of Sagittarius, it is the last keychain in the series.
We will need:
- size 8 seed beads of nine colors; I used the seed beads of white, green, light-blue, pink, brown, red, dark-blue, brown-green (Khaki) and grey colors,
- nylon line 0.25 mm thick (you can also use thiner nylon line) and two beading needles (as usual, you can do with one needle only).
For beading we will use the technique of brick stitch.

I remind you that the basics of brick stitch weaving technique you can learn from the tutorial here.

The whole product requires a long nylon line, so I recommend you to take a line of the convenient length (about 1 meter or even shorter) and as soon as it becomes too short you should fasten it, take the new line, weave it into the beadwork and continue weaving using this new segment of line.

Getting started with weaving. The first row of the beadwork consists of a single chain of 16 white seed beads. Use the technique of ladder stitch (parallel weaving) and on the line with two needles make 16 rows of 1 seed bead in the each row.
Start weaving not on the middle of the line, but about 20-25 cm from one of its ends. After that continue weaving on the longer end of the line only. The shorter end of the line is not involved in weaving any more, so leave it alone for now. We will secure it at the finishing stage of weaving. If the needle on the shorter end of the line bothers you, you can remove it for a while.

Put the resulting chain horizontally pointing the longer end of the line upwards. As I have already noted, this chain would be the first row of the beadwork.

Weave all the next rows using the technique of brick stitch. Please do not forget that at the beginning of the each row you should string on the needle two seed beads together, but all the other beads in the row should be stringed one at a time. The direction of weaving the each new row is reversed.

For weaving use the following pattern:

2nd row: white+white, then 9 white beads, 3 brown and 2 white beads;
3rd row: white+brown, then 3 brown beads, 2 pink, 1 white, 1 grey, 4 white, 2 green, 1 white;
4th row: white+green, 2 green, 2 white, 1 light-blue, 1 grey, 1 white, 3 pink, 3 brown, 1 white;
5th row: white+brown, 2 brown, 1 pink, 1 dark-blue, 2 pink, 1 white, 2 light-blue, 4 green, 1 white;
6th row: white+white, 3 green, 2 light-blue, 1 green, 5 pink, 2 brown, 1 white;
7th row: white+white, 1 brown, 1 pink, 1 dark-blue, 1 pink, 1 red, 1 pink, 2 green, 1 light-blue, 1 pink, 2 green, 2 white;
8th row: white+white, 2 green, 2 pink, 3 green, 4 pink, 1 white, 1 brown, 1 white;
9th row: white+white, 2 white, 3 pink, 1 white, 2 light-blue, 1 green, 1 grey, 3 green, 1 white;
10th row: white+green, 2 green, 1 grey, 2 white, 2 light-blue, 7 white;
11th row: white+white, 5 white, 2 pink, 3 white, 1 grey, 2 green, 1 white;
12th row: white+white, 1 white, 1 grey, 1 white, 2 grey, 6 khaki, 2 grey, 1 white;
13th row: white+white, 1 white, 1 grey, 3 white, 1 pink, 1 white, 1 grey, 3 white, 2 grey, 1 white;
14th row: white+white, 2 grey, 3 white, 1 grey, 1 white, 2 grey, 1 white, 1 grey, 3 white;
15th row: white+white, 2 white, 2 grey, 1 white, 2 grey, 5 white, 1 grey, 1 white;
16th row: 16 white seed beads.

Weaving is finished. In order to use the resulting beaded fabric as a keychain attach a ring for keys to it. I attached the ring to the corner, in which the cap of the Sagittarius is situated.

After that secure both ends of the nylon line. First secure the working end of line: pass it zigzagged through several beads in the middle part of the beadwork and then trim it. Next proceed the same with the starting tail of the line.

The keychain is finished!

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