Do you want to learn how to bead weave the herringbone stitch? I’ll walk you through the steps as I make this necklace. It only took me about 3 hours to complete. The herringbone bead stitch is my favorite one. I have made many bracelets with this stitch. Use any size seed beads you prefer. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll fly through projects.
Supplies: beading thread and needle, and seed beads in any color or size you prefer. To finish the necklace you’ll need 4 jump rings, a clasp, and some jewelry chain.
Step 1: Cut a piece of beading thread 4 to 6 feet long. After adding a stop bead pick up 2 bead. Then pass your needle through the first bead you added.
Step 2: Pull tight and they should sit together.
Step 3: Pass your needle down through the second bead. Pull tight.
Step 4: Add one bead and go back down through your last bead added. Pull tight.
Step 5: Pass your needle up through the last bead added. Pull tight.
Step 6: Repeat Step 4 & Step 5 until you have 14 beads lined up. This is the ladder stitch which gets you set up for the herringbone stitch.
Step 7: Flip your row of beads over, so your thread is coming out the top of the last bead. Pick up 2 beads, the first one white, the second one gold. Pass your needle down through the second last bead of your ladder row of beads.
Step 8: Pass your needle up through the 3rd to last bead in your ladder row. Add 2 beads to your needle, a white one and a silver one.
Step 9: Pass your needle down through the 4th bead of your ladder row.
Step 10: Continue to add beads in this manner until your ladder row has a bead on top of it.
Step 11: Flip your piece over from left to right. Add a bead to your needle and go up the first bead in your second row. I like to use a small 15 aught sized bead for this step.
Step 12: Add two beads to your needle. Pass down the second top bead and up the third top bead. Pull tight.
Step 13: This is how it should look now:
Step 14: Repeat Step 12 until you are at the end.
Step 15: This is the herringbone stitch. Your piece should look like this now:
Step 16: Flip your piece over from left to right. Pick up a seed bead (I used 15 aught), and go back up through the top bead on the end.
Step 17: Repeat Step 12 through Step 16 until you have enough rows to measure 1.5 inches long.
Step 18: Now you will start making the fringe. Add as many beads that it takes to measure 1.5 inches long. Pick up an end bead and pass your needle back up the string of beads just added.
Step 19: Pass your needle through the bead that your fringe came out of.
Step 20: Pass your needle down through the next bead.
Step 21: Repeat Step 18 through Step 20 until all of your fringe is done. I varied the length of my fringe by 1/8 inch to get the arrow look. Tie off your end threads and your piece should look like this.
Add jump rings and chain at any length you want for your necklace.
Last Step: Wear it and show off!
If you would like to see more projects like this one, leave me a comment.