Do you know how to work in tubular square stitch? No? Then you’ve come to just the right place. This free PDF download shows you the thread paths for this technique.
I have also created a YouTube video to demonstrate the technique. All the details of that are included in your PDF. So, you can learn from both diagrams and demonstrations with this free resource.
Why would you need to learn tubular square stitch?
I am taking a guess that you’ve never heard of this technique before. It’s fair to say that square stitch is one of the least-used bead-weaving stitches.
Now, I’m not sure why that is, but I suspect it could be because the stitch appears to be quite two-dimensional. By that, I mean, it seems that there isn’t a lot you can create with it, other than flat pieces of beadwork.
Don’t get me wrong, flat beadwork is lovely. Basic square stitch is incredibly useful if you like the look of bead loom patterns, but don’t have a loom. You can work the patterns using this technique.
You can also shape your flat pieces, so you can create more interesting designs.
But, for many people, the really interesting things start happening when you move from 2D to 3D. In order to do that, you need a tubular variation. So, this is what this free tutorial is going to teach you.
The lovely thing about this, is that the tubular variation has exactly the same thread path as the flat stitch. So, if you already know how to work in square stitch, you’ll be picking up the tubular variation in no time.
What you end up with is a pretty solid little tube. It is less flexible than other beaded tubes or ropes. So, that has advantages and disadvantages. It’s great if you need a solid structure, not so good if you want to make a beaded rope to use as a necklace/bracelet. (Although that may be possible).