Basic Herringbone Stitch

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Herringbone, also known as Ndebele stitch, is an interesting seed bead weaving technique that is easy to learn. The weave is created with pairs of beads, lying in a V-shape pattern.
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Step 1

For a basic flat herringbone design, choose the colors you want to work with. For this technique, we have choosen three colors — color A, color B and color C.

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread your needle.

Step 3

Add a mini bead stopper about one foot from the end of your thread. Squeeze the two loops to open the bead stopper.

Step 4

Add thread to the mini bead stopper and release the loops. This will help prevent beads from falling off your thread.

Step 5

To begin, start by making a bead ladder. We are creating a 2-row bead ladder which is easier to hold onto. Begin by stringing four A beads.

Step 6

Go back through all four beads. The four beads should be stacked two high.

Step 7

Go back up through the first two beads.

Step 8

Go back down through the last two beads.

Step 9

String two A beads. Go down through the previous two beads.

Step 10

Pass the needle back up through the last two beads.

Step 11

String two A beads. Go up through the previous two beads.

Step 12

Pass the needle back down through the last two beads.

Step 13

String two A beads. Go down through the previous two beads.

Step 14

Pass the needle up through the last two beads.

Step 15

String two A beads. Go up through the previous two beads. Repeat pattern until you have a bead ladder equal to the desired width of your piece. In this piece we have a two-row bead ladder that is three columns wide. (Each column will equal one stitch made up of two beads.)

Step 16

You may need to turn the ladder so that the thread is exiting from the second bead from the end and your needle is pointing down.

Step 17

To begin the herringbone stitch, go up through the last bead in the first row.

Step 18

String two B beads.

Step 19

Skip the first bead in the second row and go down through the next bead in that same row.

Step 20

Go up through the next bead.

Step 21

String two B beads.

Step 22

Go back down through the next bead.

Step 23

Go up through the next bead over in the same row.

Step 24

String two B beads. Go down through the last bead in the same row.

Step 25

To turn and begin a new row, go back up through the last added bead.

Step 26

String two C beads. Go down through the next B bead.

Step 27

Go up through the next bead over in the same row.

Step 28

String two C beads. Go down through the next B bead.

Step 29

Go up through the next B bead.

Step 30

String two C beads. Go down through the next B bead.

Step 31

Repeat steps 18 through 30 until you have reached your desired length.

Step 32

To finish off the thread, go down through several beads.

Step 33

Loop the needle around the thread between two beads. Tie a surgeon's knot around the thread and pull taut.

Step 34

Cut the thread.

Step 35

Clean up the ends of your thread using a Perfect End Thread Burner. Burn or melt the end of your thread until the end is no longer visible.

Step 36

To add a new piece of thread, tie a surgeon's knot around one of the threads between two beads.

Step 37

Go up through the beads until you exit through the last added bead.

Step 38

String 2 beads.

Step 39

Continue working the pattern.

Step 40

Congratulations, you have learned Basic Herringbone!

   

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