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This variation of flat herringbone stitch results in a gorgeous rope that can become a necklace or bracelet.
Seed Beads (we used 4 colors of size 8 seed beads)
Beading Thread (we used FireLine size D)
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
Perfect End Thread Burner
For a tighter stitch, try doubling your thread. Cut a piece 8 feet long and bring the needle to the middle of the thread.
For a tubular herringbone design, choose the colors you want to work with. For this technique, I have chosen four colors - color A, color B, color C, and color D.
Cut a 4 foot piece of beading thread. Thread the needle.
To begin, start by making a bead ladder. We are creating a 2-row bead ladder which is easier to hold onto than a single-row bead ladder. Begin by stringing four A beads.
Go back through all four beads. When you pull your thread taut, the 4 beads should be stacked 2 high.
Continue creating a bead ladder as shown in the Basic Herringbone Stitch until you have a bead ladder equal to the desired width of your piece. In this piece we have a 2-row bead ladder that is four columns wide. (Each column will equal one stitch made up of two beads.)
To bring the two ends together to create the tube, go back up through the first two A beads.
Go back down the last two D beads.
Go back up through the first two A beads again. This will reinforce the connection.
To begin the first row of herringbone stitch, add two A beads.
Go down through the next bead A in the previous row. Pull the thread taut.
Go up through the next bead over in the same row (in this case bead B).
String 2 B beads.
Go back down through the next bead in the previous row.
Go back up through the next bead in that same row.
String 2 C beads.
Go back up through the next bead in the same row.
String 2 D beads.
Go back up through the next bead and the first A bead in the last row. You have just "stepped up" and can now begin the next row.
String 2 A beads.
Go down through the next bead A in the previous row.
Go up through the next bead over in the same row. Continue by repeating steps 12 - 20 until you have reached your desired length.
Congratulations, you have successfully completed your Tubular Herringbone Stitch.