I have received a few questions about the supplies for the upcoming BSGB classes in London and Barton under Needwood, so I decided to do a blog post in glorious color for everyone.
The supplies list for the snake project is pretty straightforward. I specified DMC Cebelia size 30 cotton crochet thread because it is a nice thread but any size 30 crochet thread will work. If you prefer to use a nylon thread like C-Lon micro cord or Tuff Cord nylon, that should be fine as well. I chose size 8/0 beads because there are more color choices than with size 6/0 beads but you could use size 6/0 beads and size 20 or 30 cotton. You will just have a bigger snake.
Goldilocks is made of Japanese and Chinese seed beads. Sparklin' Jack is made of Japanese, Chinese, and Czech seed beads. I often mix the Czech and Japanese beads in the snakes so you are not limited to only one manufacturer. Also, sometimes a 10/0 bead is the same size as a 12/0 bead from another manufacturer so you can mix sizes if they are close to one another.
I will teach you the actual crochet stitch used by Turkish prisoners of war to make their souvenir snakes but will also show you the bead single crochet stitch used for the snake jewelry in my book, Bead Crochet Snakes.
CHAIN STITCH NECKLACE
I designed this project using Chinese knotting cord for people who had never crocheted before and needed to work with a larger thread. This is a braided nylon cord that measures about .08mm. Students don't have to limit themselves to the supplies list, thought. I want everyone who is doing this project to explore and have fun. To that end, I have done up some other samples to inspire you.
|Two bead combinations with Chinese cord|
The two samples above use the Chinese cord and a variety of seed beads, rondels, and 4-6 mm beads. The next photo shows 3 strands twisted together.
|3 strands twisted together|