I’m back to bead weaving with a herringbone bead stitch chevron pattern. I want to share step-by-step instructions on how to create this look.
It’s been awhile since I’ve created a post on how to make a piece of jewelry. It’s because…because… Okay, I have no excuses. Bead weaving techniques require me to have to stop in between each step to take a photo. There’s a lot of work involved in putting a post like these together. But I have made a resolution to get back on board by posting one at the end of each month. My plan is for the next several beading posts to focus on different ways to use the herringbone stitch.
I won’t be giving herringbone stitch instructions, because I did that in THIS POST. Note: it doesn’t matter how many rows across that your herringbone piece is, as long as it’s an even number. In this example, I’m going to show how to add an arrow design to a piece that’s 12 rows. Your piece can be as small as 4 rows if you like.
So let’s get started. These seed beads are size 11, but you can use any size. I will call the red beads COLOR A, and the gold beads COLOR B.
Slip 1 COLOR B and 1 COLOR A on your needle. Pass your needle through the top beads of rows 1 and 2. Continue adding COLOR A beads across until you get to the last 2 rows.
Slip COLOR A and COLOR B onto your needle, and finish attaching to the last 2 rows. Your 2 ends beads should be COLOR B.
Flip your piece over. Slip 1 COLOR A and 1 COLOR B on your needle, and attach to your first 2 rows. Continue adding COLOR A beads across until you get to the last 2 rows.
Slip 1 COLOR B and 1 COLOR A onto your needle, and attach to the last 2 rows. Are you seeing the pattern I’m working in yet?
Flip your piece over. Add 2 COLOR A beads to your needle and attach to the first 2 rows. Then add 1 COLOR B and 1 COLOR A to your needle, and attach them to rows 3 and 4. Add only COLOR A beads on rows 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Now slip 1 COLOR A and 1 COLOR B to your needle and attach to rows 9 and 10. Then add 2 COLOR A’s to rows 11 and 12.
Do you see the pattern now? Add 2 COLOR A’s to rows 1 and 2. Slip 1 COLOR A and 1 COLOR B on your needle. Attach them to rows 3 and 4. Add COLOR A’s to rows 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Now slip 1 COLOR B and 1 COLOR A on your needle, and attach to rows 9 and 10. Add 2 COLOR A’s to rows 11 and 12.
Hopefully you see the pattern I’m working in. Because this post is so photo heavy, I’m just going to add the last steps with collages.
And here’s the last row.
Your piece should look like this. Play around with this pattern for awhile, and you’ll become comfortable with it.
Here’s one that I did with less rows, but more colors, and wider color rows.
I hope this was helpful. Have fun making your own designs!