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Free Herringbone Bead Patterns (1/9/2015)

2015 January 9

I don’t use Herringbone or Ndebele stitch as much as I should. You can do a lot of interesting projects with it: flat, tubular, twisted, etc. You can embellish it and add inclusions. If you’ve let this stitch slip from regular use, maybe one of these patterns will get you started again.

Tubular Herringbone with Bugles

Tubular Herringbone with Bugles

Tubular Herringbone with Bugles Fri, 22 Apr 2011 00:01:00 -0700

This could also be made as a bangle without the large beads but if you are making it with a clasp the stopper I use is a rubber earring back…great for holding things onto headpins until you’re ready to finish. The working tube is just a cord or a dowel or a piece of tubing that is removed once you’ve finished beading. In this case it stops the headpin falling into the tube of herringbone.

6 Free Favorite Herringbone Stitch Beading Projects Aug 2012

I can’t think of another bead-weaving stitch that is as versatile as herringbone stitch. Maybe I’m biased – herringbone stitch is, after all, my go-to beading stitch when I want to make a beaded rope for a pendant, a beaded bezel for a cabochon or a crystal stone, or make a fancy beaded collar. With its origins in the heart of South Africa’s Ndebele tribe, there is a rich history of culture and craft behind herringbone stitch. Herringbone stitch is instantly recognizable from the distinctive “v” pattern formed by the beads and thread path.

Free Twin Bead Project

Free Twin Bead Project

Free Twin Bead Project Jul 2012

In the August 2012 issue, we pictured projects several of us made with the new two-hole Twin beads. Twins are oval-shaped and about 2 x 5 mm. For my project, I used the Twins as the core of a double spiral rope bracelet. Here are the instructions so you can make one too.

Flat Herringbone Stitch May 2008

Begin with a foundation row of even-count ladder stitch. String 2 beads, pass down through the second to last bead in the ladder, and up through the next bead. String 2 beads, pass down the next bead and then up through the following. Repeat to the end of the row. To end the row, pass back through the last bead strung. To begin the next row, string 2 beads and pass down through the second to last bead of the previous row. Repeat, stringing 2 beads per stitch and passing down then up through two beads of the previous row. The 2-bead stitch will cause the beads to angle-up in each row, like a herringbone fabric.

Getting Started with Herringbone Stitch

Getting Started with Herringbone Stitch

Hurray for Herringbone May 2009

Almost all the instructions I’d seen for flat herringbone stitch projects started with a base row of another stitch, usually ladder stitch.  So when I saw today’s free project, I was momentarily flummoxed.  Begin herringbone without ladder stitch?  I felt like the Peanuts character Linus must have felt when he lost his security blanket!

Ndebele Waves Thu, 13 May 2010 09:00:00 -0700

I see this bracelet design all over the internet. I decided to make one myself. I did it without a pattern, just looking at the various pics around web world. I probably have the pattern somewhere but didn’t feel the need to dig it out. I used size 11 seed beads in white and silver-lined crystal, and various colors of 4mm Czech Firepolish Crystals.

Twisted Tubular Herringbone Weaving

This animated beading tutorial shows how to weave twisted tubular herringbone based on 4 beads.

Beautiful Bollywood Beaded Flat Herringbone Bracelet

This video trailer shows you the beginning of the “Beautiful Bollywood” video tutorial, so you can see what it’s like!

Patchwork Herringbone Stitch Bracelet

This video from The Potomac Bead Company shows you how to use flat herringbone stitch to create a patchwork pattern with the beads.

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