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Native American Style Beaded Daisy Chain
Edited by Lisa Yang
This tutorial will show you two different ways to make Native American style beaded daisy chains. The first style has daisies that are interconnected and each flower runs into the next one (top). The second version has distinct flowers connected to each other. (bottom chain in picture)
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Beaded Daisy Chain Materials
Daisy chain is often one of the first bead stitches children learn because it is both easy and fun. It does not take any special materials other than a needle, thread and beads. Almost any size and type of beads can be used to make daisy chains since the number of beads petals can be adjusted to fit around whatever size middle bead you are using. Daisy chains also look great with beads that are slightly variable in size and shape, so you can use beads that you might not use with other stitches.... Round beads will give a nicer flower than Japanese cylinder beads.
For my daisy chain bracelet, I am using 11/0 Czech beads in coral and metallic green, Fireline bead thread and a Tulip beading needle. However, when I was a kid, I made plenty of daisy chains with sewing needles and thread, so from personal experience I'm sure the stitch will work with most any thread so long as it can pass through the beads multiple times.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Starting Daisy Chain Stitch
I started with an arm's length of thread. The amount of thread you need will depend on the finished length of your chain. Mine is the right size for a bracelet.
Pick up six petal beads and slide them down leaving a six-inch tail, or enough thread to add the type of clasp you plan on adding. Stitch through the first bead to make a circle.
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Make a Circle with the Beads
Pull the thread tight to form a loop.
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Add a Bead Center to the Daisy
Pick up a bead for the center of the daisy and slide it down to the beadwork. Skip two beads, and insert your needle into the third bead. If you are not using six beads, it will be the middle bead on the other side. For this stitch, I always put my needle in from the bottom of the bead so the thread is coming out the top.
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Completing the First Daisy Stitch
Pull the thread and guide the bead so that it is centered in the ring of beads. Pull the thread tight. You are in a position to start the next daisy stitch.
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Making the Second Daisy Stitch
Pick up four of the metal seed beads. Pass your needle through the bead underneath the one you were exiting, inserting your needle from the bottom of the bead as shown in the picture.
It is important that you insert your needle in the bottom bead because that is what makes the connection between the daisies stronger than just one thread and bead connection. (Note that I have been doing this differently for years - and it turns out so much better this way!)
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Adding a Daisy Center
Pick up one bead for the center of the flower. As you did previously, count two beads from the bead you are exiting and pass the needle through the third bead, inserting your needle from the bottom of the bead.
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4 - 1 Daisy Chain in Progress
Pull snugly so that the bead just added centers itself in the ring. You are already in position to continue adding more daisies to the chain.
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Daisy Chain Variations
When you are making interconnected daisies like this, it can be hard to tell one daisy from another (or tell that they are daisy flowers at all!). The colors you use will help differentiate the flowers.
I also like this next stitch variation which makes individual flowers connected by two petals in the middle. This daisy uses six beads per stitch.
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Six Petal Alternating Circle Daisy Chain
Making the six petal daisy chain is similar to the first version I just showed you. You can use the same materials, but this daisy chain looks best when you use at least two different colors for the daisies.
Start with a circle of six beads. Pick up a center bead and secure it in place by skipping two beads and stitching up through the third bead. Your thread should be going in the same direction through the bead as it was exiting the bead it is coming from.
In my example, the thread is... entering the bead from the bottom and coming out the top from the bead that closed the circle. I stitch in the bottom of the third bead over and have the thread coming out the top.
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Join the Next Daisy Flower
Pick up two beads in the color of the petals for the next daisy on the chain. Attach them by stitching through the bead underneath where your thread is exiting and the bead your thread is exiting.
This forms a ladder stitch. Complete the stitch by going back through the two new petal beads (yellow).
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Add Petals to the Daisy
Pick up four more petal beads and make a circle by stitching into the first of the two beads from the ladder stitch. Even though you want to, don't stitch through both beads!
In order for the flowers to be even, you need to go through the first bead only. Pull the circle tight.
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Add a Center Bead to the Daisy
Pick up a center bead, skip two beads and stitch into the next bead. Be sure to continue to stitch in the same direction as the previous stitch. Pull tight.
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Add Two Connector Petals for the Next Flower
Pick up two petal beads for the next flower and add them using ladder stitch. Continue adding daisies by picking up four more beads, making a circle by stitching through the first of the two beads, adding a center bead, and stitching across the circle through the bead on the opposite side.
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Daisy Chain Stitch Variations
Before you know it, you will have a fabulous and fun daisy stitch bead chain. Daisy chains make great bracelets, anklets, necklace chains, fun chains for eyeglasses or sunglasses, purse straps - you name it!
You can add a clasp by simply adding a loop of seed beads and one-half of your clasp to each side of the chain. Make sure that you securely knot the thread and weave about an inch or two of thread into the chain before clipping and finishing.
Daisy chains are great ways to use bead mixes!... Simply use a yellow or another contrasting color for the center of each daisy and use the seed bead mix to form multi-colored "petals" around it.
When you would like to be more adventurous try these daisy chain variations.