Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 5, 2001 - Issue 35



The Beading Series - Part 5 - The Daisy Chain


 by Lynne Sageflower Pennington


This Beading Series Installment gives you a brief description of the beading techniques which I will be doing in the weeks to come. I will give you basic instructions on how to do them and include web sites and books for each technique at the end of each article.

The Loom and Embroidery Techniques have been covered in Past issues and can be located in the Past issues section.

In this article, I am going to give the instructions of the Daisy Chain Stitch and Bead Wrapping.

Beading Technique with Instructions for The Daisy Chain
Daisy chain:
A stitch in which bead circles resembling flowers are fashioned by stringing a circle of beads on a thread, which is then passed through the center, picking up another bead, and out through the bead opposite the starting point. A chain of "daisies" is fashioned by repeating the stitch, sometimes with additional beads between flowers.

For the purpose of these instructions I am going to use the following three colors of beads: Green, red and yellow.
Daisy chain #1  



  1. String 5 green beads, then 4 red, and one yellow.
  2. Go back through the first red bead then add two more red beads.
  3. Bring them around the far side of the yellow bead and pass your needle through the next red bead ( one on side of yellow bead).
  4. Repeat # 1 through 3 until you reach the desired length you want.
Here is another way to do a daisy chain. For these instructions I am going to use blue and yellow beads. The pattern will alter colors.
Daisy Chain #2    




  1. String 6 blue beads on your thread and tie in a loop.
  2. Pick up one yellow bead and pass your needle through the upper right bead on the right hand side of the loop.
  3. String two white beads, pass the needle up through the two blue beads on the right hand side of your first flower and then down into the two white beads you just added.
  4. Pick up 4 more yellow beads. Then pass your needle down through the two white beads you added first.
  5. String a blue bead on your thread and pass the needle through the top of the second bead of the two yellow beads on the right hand side of the loop.
  6. Continue # 2 through # 5 until you reach the desired length you want.

Daisy Chain # 3
There is another way you can do this chain .

You will find the instructions for how to do this Daisy chain on:

New Leaf - My Foot!

Beading Technique with Instructions for Bead Wrapping

Bead Wrapping:
A technique used for decorating round items such as fan handles, dance sticks and feather quills. It is however limited in designs.

In this technique it is tempting to string to many beads at one time before doubling back through the last bead but this will cause the bead wrapping to be loose so be careful. As the description of the technique stated this stitch is not good to use for intricate designs but it does make something look interesting with the mish mash of colors.


  1. Cover the area you plan do bead with deerskin.
  2. Thread a needle with a long piece of thread and knot the end and start at the bottom of your project. About an inch from where you have the seam of the deerskin, pass the needle in and out of the deerskin so that the knot is inside the deerskin.
  3. String you beads onto the thread, then wrap them around your project.
  4. Double back into your deerskin, bring the needle through the last few beads and continue with your next wrap.

Graphic from: Beadworking with Today's Materials by Loren and Donna Woerpel

As the description of the technique stated this stitch is not good to use for intricate designs but it does make something look interesting with the mish mash of colors.

Web Sites    

Daisy Chain

Beading Techinques - Open Daisy Chain

Beading Techniques 2 - Closed Daisy Chain

Simple Daisy Chain

Crafting seed bead daisy chains


Bead Wrapping

I found no web sites on this technique


Daisy Chain:

  • The Beader's Companion by Judith Durant, Jean Campbell
  • Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns: Chain-Weaving Designs and Bead Loom Weaving - An Illustrated 'How-To' Guide by Horace Goodhue
  • Step by Step Beading, Design Originals, Suzanne McNeill

Beading Wrapping:

  • Beadworking With Today's Materials By Loren and Donna Woerpel

Beading Techniques to be covered in the future Beading Series Articles

Brick, Comanche or Cheyenne stitch:
A technique in which thread is passed through one bead, looped around the thread of the row directly below that bead, and returned through the same bead. Another bead is then picked up and the process is repeated.

Gourd or Peyote stitch:
A technique with many variants, sometimes referred to as peyote or twill stitch, that results in a flexible, yet solid, textile in which the beads form a twill pattern. It is a single needle technique that is worked back and forth for rectangular shapes, and in a spiral or in rounds for circular or tubular shapes.

Out of respect to many people, to whom this technique is ceremonial, I am going to refer to this stitch as the Gourd stitch not the peyote stitch.

There are several ways to do this technique: Flat, Circular Flat, Even count, Odd count, Tubular

One-drop and two-drop Gourd stitch:
Two of the many variations of the Gourd stitch technique. One-drop gourd stitch involves alternating the pattern every other bead and in two-drop stitch it is alternated every two beads.

Side Weaving:
A hand weave technique in which the beading is done on an angled. It is done with several threads and needles.

Square, False-Loom or Off loom technique:
A technique that resembles loomed work that does not require the use of a loom or supporting frame for the thread.

Several techniques use two needles. The reason for this is to use one needle to stitch and one to tack down your work. Examples to use this type of technique Backstitch, Lazy and Gourd stitch.

Beading Techniques to be covered in the next article

Side Weaving ... Square, False loom, Off-Loom ... Brick, Comanche or Cheyenne stitch:




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