Friday, March 7, 2014

Flat Herringbone Bead stitch - Learn how



The herringbone stitch is great if you want to use a assortment of beads. You can easily transition into a new row too. If you are making a bracelet you can add dimension and shape just by using different beads for each row. Your bracelet will still lay flat too.

Start by waxing and stretching your thread. Tie in a “stopper” bead, leaving about a 8-10” tail and begin at step #1.








Row 1 & 2a. Pick up 4 Seed beads, go with thread forward through all 4 beads again and stack the beads as shown.


Row 1 & 2b.  Pick up 2 seed beads, go with thread down through the 3rd and 4th beads added in the last step and up through the 2 beads added in this step.



Row 1 & 2c .  Pick up 2 seed beads, go with thread up through the 2 beads added in the last step and down through the 2 beads added in this step.



Row 1 & 2d .  Continue to repeat steps #2 and 3 until you reach the width that you want your piece to be. Go with working thread up through the bottom bead on the left and then up through the top bead on the right as shown.



Row 3a.  Pick up 2 seed beads, go with thread down through the next seed bead in Row 2 and then up through the next seed bead in Row 2, as shown.



Row 3b.  Continue repeating Row 3a, stopping before you reach the last set of 2 beads.



Row 3c. Pick up 2 beads, go with thread down through the 1st bead added in Row 2, up through the 2nd bead in Row 2 and up through the 2nd bead added in this step.




Row 4a.   Pick up 2 seed beads, go with thread down through the next seed bead in Row 3 and then up through the next seed bead in Row 3, as shown.




Row 4b.   Continue repeating Row 4a, stopping before you reach the last set of 2 beads.




Row 4c.   Pick up 2 beads, go with thread down through the 1st bead added in Row 3, up through the 2nd bead in Row 3 and up through the 2nd bead added in this step.


Row 5a.  Pick up 2 seed beads, go with thread down through the next seed bead in Row 2 and then up through the next seed bead in Row 2, as shown.

Row 5b.   Continue repeating Row 5a, stopping before you reach the last set of 2 beads.

Row 5c.  Pick up 2 beads, go with thread down through the 1st bead added in Row 4, up through the 2nd bead in Row 4 and up through the 2nd bead added in this step.




Continue making as many rows as you would like to finish your piece. Following Rows 4 and 5.

When you have reached the final row of your piece, take your working thread and go down and up through beads as shown in the illustration. This finishes off your final row nicely..

Sandra D. Halpenny © 2014 All rights reserved
These instruction may not be copied or distributed in any way without the express written permission of the author. 




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Here are some great free patterns using the Herringbone stitch for you to try…http://www.rubysbeadwork.com/HerringboneVariation.html

http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Patterns/DoubleHerringbone.html

http://www.allfreejewelrymaking.com/Ladder-Stitch/Herringbone-Crystal-Bracelet/ct/1

http://www.allfreejewelrymaking.com/Stitching/Embellished-Ombre-Herringbone-Cuff/ct/1






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