|A Garland of Fall Leaves|
Ever since I posted instructions for my beaded Apache leaf stitch earring pattern people have been asking about the un-modified bead pattern version of Apache leaf stitch. This project provides a chance to learn the stitch and make an attractive necklace, bracelet, or anklet in the process. I learned the stitch from Horace Goodhue's Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns a book that all beadworkers should consider purchasing. Horace derived the stitch from a necklace (presumably an Apache one) he saw in a museum in Phoenix AZ.
What You'll Need:
Bronze size 11 Czech seed beads. Don't get the slick shiny kind, the finish on those comes right off. These have a pitted surface and the finish is permanent. Ask if you're not sure. If you can't find them try a nice shade of brown instead.
Red-orange matte transparent size 11 seed beads.
Yellow-orange opaque size 11 seed beads (they look very orange here, but the beads I used were actually much more yellow).
Lime green transparent size 11 seed beads.
Size D brown Nymo.
Size 12 or 13 beading needle.
To begin, thread your needle and tie on one half of your clasp leaving a tail long enough to weave in later. First we need to make a base row as long as you want the finished piece to be. This pattern makes a fun bracelet or anklet as well as a unique and beautiful necklace. Start with 6 bronze beads. Then add groups of one leaf bead (alternating between red-orange and yellow-orange) and 8 bronze beads until you reach the length you need. End with a group of one leaf bead and 6 bronze beads. Add the other half of your clasp and go back through the last bronze bead. Arrange your base row so that the end your thread is coming out of is on the left side.
Now we are ready to start weaving. Pick up 4 bronze beads and 1 lime green bead. Go back up through the 4th bronze bead. Pick up 3 more bronze beads. Go forward through the 4th bead in the base row and back down through the last of the beads you just added.
[Repeat from the beginning of this step]
Now we can start our first leaf. Pick up 2 bronze beads and 8 of the leaf color that matches the first leaf bead in your base row. In this case I started with red. Skip the 8th leaf bead and go back up through the 7th. This forms part of the left side of the leaf and the pointed tip.
Pick up 9 leaf beads and go through the back of the 1st leaf bead in the base row. Now go back down through the 9th leaf bead you added in the previous step. This forms the complete right side of the leaf.
Now pick up 2 more leaf beads. Complete the outline of the leaf shape by going down through the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd leaf beads from the top on the left hand side of the leaf.
Now we will fill in the leaf. Pick up three more leaf beads and go down through the 5th and 6th (not counting the base row bead) leaf beads on the right hand side.
Pick up another leaf bead and go through the 2nd of the beads you just added. Pick up another and go down through the 5th and 6th leaf beads on the left hand side of the leaf. Now go up through the three beads you first added and up through the 4th bead from the top on the right side. The five beads you added in the center of the leaf should form an X shape.
Pick up 3 bronze beads. Skip the next 2 bronze beads after the leaf bead in the base row and go through the 3rd. Then go down through the top bronze bead you just added. Pick up 3 more bronze beads and a lime green bead. Skip the green bead and go up through the 3rd bronze bead. Pick up 3 more bronze beads. Skip the next 2 bronze beads in the base row after the last one you went through and go through the 3rd. Go down through the top bronze bead you just added.
To continue, repeat everything under the words: [Repeat from the beginning of this step]