Spiral Rope Necklace Tutorial

by Mandi Ainsworth on July 4, 2011

Here are my instructions for a simple spiral rope necklace. If you’re new to spiral stitch, check out this video from Beads East that does a great job of explaining spiral rope structure. This tutorial is just one of the many variations of spiral stitch, and I hope you enjoy beading it!


  • size 8/0 seed beads (turquoise)
  • size 11/0 seed beads (ivory)
  • size 15/0 seed beads (orange)
  • S-clasp with soldered rings attached
  • needle and thread

Step 1: String on 4 core beads (size 11). Then string on the pattern: one size 15, one size 8, and one size 15.

Step 2: Pass up through 4 core beads to complete the first stitch. Leave a long tail so you can thread the end and attach a clasp when the rope is complete.

Step 3: String on 1 core bead (size 11) and the pattern beads: one size 15, one size 8, and one size 15.

Step 4: Pass through the last 4 core beads, including the one you just added. This completes the second stitch.

Step 5: Continue to add 1 core bead and the pattern beads, and push each group to the back before starting the next stitch. You will begin to see the spiral.

Step 6: Some beaders like to add thread by tying a knot to connect the old working thread to the new working thread. I have broken or lost the knots before, so I like to weave down the last 3 pattern beads, and tie a couple half hitches between core beads.

Step 7: I tie in a new thread below the last 4 core beads so I don’t clog them with knots.

Step 8: When your rope is the desired length, and string on twelve size 11 beads and the clasp. Pass back through the last core bead and tie a half hitch. Pass through the core bead and the entire circle again to reinforce it. Weave off your thread and repeat with the tail thread on the other end. Then, its ready to wear!

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Karen July 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Your instructions for sprial rope are great. And your necklace is adorable. Have a nice fourth.

Vicki July 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Very nice tutorial. I’d like to try this pattern soon. Thanks so much. :)

Maureen N. July 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

Love it. Great tutorial. Love your color combo!!!

Abi July 12, 2011 at 5:28 am

Wonderful tutorial… thanks so much for offering it to us!

Mandi Ainsworth July 12, 2011 at 5:40 am

I’m glad you like the tutorial, and thanks so much for your comments!

@Vicki, I would love to see a pic when you make one!

@Maureen I was definitely feeling tropical that day : )

Linda July 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Thanks for your wonderful instructions. I don’t have as many beads as you but so far they are organized and portable. I hope to keep this going.

BeadsMagic Patterns July 29, 2011 at 1:49 am

Wow thats cool tutorial and very nice necklace!

Lucy September 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Hermoso collar, gracias por compartir tus conocimientos.

JEden March 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

nice tutorial, thanks so much for sharing!

Rosie April 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I really liked this tutorial – I was able to make a spiral on my first try – thanks!

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