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Free Herringbone Bead Patterns (3/31/2014)

2014 March 31

Herringbone/Ndebele stitch is not one I use a lot, but I do like it. Flat Herringbone gives a nice, smooth finish for bracelets, while Tubular Ndebele is great for necklaces. Herringbone/Ndebele is also  great for adding inclusions, like the Ndebele Wave #2 below. Ndebele stitch comes from the African Ndebele tribe. I’ve included an article on the various stitches in Africa that came from different tribes, or regions. If you haven’t tried Herringbone/Ndebele stitch, I’ve included some great beginner instructions.

Flat Herringbone Bead Stitch

Flat Herringbone Bead Stitch

Flat Herringbone Bead Stitch Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:03:00 GMT

The herringbone stitch is great if you want to use a assortment of beads. You can easily transition into a new row too. If you are making a bracelet you can add dimension and shape just by using different beads for each row. Your bracelet will still lay flat too.

Jazzy Herringbone Bracelet Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 GMT

 I  love herringbone stitch, and the textures in twisted tubular herringbone stitch make some pretty fantastic beaded necklaces and bracelets. I love using this beadweaving stitch to make beaded ropes and straps for my bead-embroidered cabochon pendants, and lately I’ve been experimenting with adding a little bit of texture and color to my beaded herringbone ropes. Jazzing up your next tubular twisted herringbone rope is easier than you might think, and you can probably do it with the beads you already have in your stash!

Ndebele Wave

Ndebele Wave

Ndebele Wave #2 Sat, 22 May 2010 01:30:00 GMT

As promised, here is a pic of the second Ndebele Wave bracelet I made earlier this week. The difference between this one and the first one is I used size 15 silver lined crystal beads for the little triangle bits, and size 11 silver metallic beads for the outside edge. I also beaded a toggle in tubular Ndebele. I like this one way more than the first one I did. It looks much neater, and lies better on the arm.

Shape Up with Herringbone Stitch Mon, 08 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Have you tried working with herringbone stitch yet? Whether you’re a baby beader just getting started, or you feel comfortable with your bead-weaving skills, herringbone stitch is a great beading stitch to know. When worked with all the great two-hole and shaped beads popping up at shows and bead shops, herringbone stitch gives your beading projects a delightful texture, both in look and feel.

Flat Ndebele

Flat Ndebele

Flat Ndebele Sun, 06 Feb 2011 16:17:00 GMT

You had round Ndebele and now flat Ndebele! I used the beads recommended by the pattern – size 8 Hex beads – just like the ones we used on the Lacey Daisy bracelets many moons ago. I was happy to find another pattern that used them and even happier I didn’t have to order new beads for a new pattern! Like the first Ndebele round pattern, though, you could use any size or shape of bead. This is quite a wide bracelet and I would rather have had a narrower one. But the big beads made it go quickly and were a good choice for the first trial.

Beads in the Ethnic Jewelry of Africa Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:08:00 GMT

Ndebele people are known for their beaded aprons in brilliant geometric designs. Girls wear small ones and the size increases as the girl grows up. Whey they reach marriageable age the aprons are replaced by the big sized one, about 30×25 cm or larger. Besides the aprons, large rings of beads on an iron or straw core are worn on the hips, arms and legs. The decorative meaning of these rings is to imitate rolls of fat which the Ndebele used to consider attractive.

BONUS:  Herringbone Stitch Patterns from Beading Daily

How to Create Ndebele Herringbone Stitch In this video, you’ll see how to create this extremely durable stitch that is also wonderfully flexible!

How to Do Tubular Herringbone Bead Weaving – In this video, learn how to bead weave the tubular herringbone stitch. Designer: Megan Milliken How to Tie Off and Add New T…

How to Make Rulla Herringbone Bracelet

This tutorial from The Potomac Bead Company shows you how to make a flat herringbone stitch bracelet using the two-hole Czech glass Rulla cylinder beads. Thi…

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