How to Bead: Lazy Stitches

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Beading is perennially popular, and no wonder–you can use it to embellish quilts, clothing, bags, home decor, and so much more! Today, Mary Stori, author of All-in-One Beading Buddy, shares two of her favorite 'lazy' stitches, great for creating patterns.

Lazy Stitch

Alternate bead color and direction for a herringbone pattern. Treat several beads as one to quickly create rows, fans, and other defined patterns.

1. Come up at A, string 4 seed beads, go down at B.

2. Come up at C, string 4 seed beads, go down at D. Repeat to make 4 rows.

3. Come up at I, string 4 seed beads, go down at J. 

4. Repeat to make 4 rows. Add additional units as desired.

Undulating Lazy Stitch

Use different bead combinations and spacing to create pathways and designs. 

1. Come up at A, string a seed bead, a bugle bead, and a seed bead, go down at B. Come up at C, string beads, go down at D.

2. Repeat to create desired effect. 

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