Last year I only showed a few jewelry pieces that I made, but this year I want to share plenty more. I have way more jewelry pieces than I need. I really should open an Etsy shop one of these days. Making the jewelry is more rewarding for me than actually wearing it. I love it, though, when a friend says “I know you didn’t make that piece”, when I did make it. Maybe they’re just being nice, but it does feel good.
So would you like to learn a way to speed up making a herringbone bracelet? I made this metallic bracelet in a quarter of the time it would have taken to make a traditional herringbone bracelet.
See this post to learn the basics of how-to herringbone stitch. After you make the ladder stitch base and have stitched about 3 rows in the herringbone stitch, add several beads to your thread creating the loops below.
Then pass your needle up through one half the beads on your loop.
Add 2 beads to your needle, and pass it through the next bead and through the top bead of the next loop.
Pull tight. Add 2 beads to your needle and continue going through the tops of the loops just like regular herringbone stitching.
I added a third row of regular herringbone stitching before creating a new set of loops. It’s totally up to you how many herringbone rows you want between your loops. Using the same concept I created this colorful bracelet. You can create one to suit your own wardrobe.
Two very different looks with the same idea.
I hope you enjoyed this little technique. Happy beading!!