Herringbone Bead Patterns (2/9/2016)
Herringbone stitch results in a very classic look for your jewelry. It is also very easy to play around with the beads, colors and bead sizes to get a very different look using the exact same pattern. If you like to experiment, Herringbone might be the stitch for you.
This is as much a tutorial on flat herringbone as anything. It is one of my favorite stitches and I’m happy to share it with you to help you learn flat herringbone to be able to do the Tila Herringbone projects (or anything else in herringbone). This style with cubes & seed beads is one I call “Checkerboard” herringbone because of the way they fit together.
Use this stitch to create a beaded rope to make a necklace or bracelet. If you’re just starting out we recommend that you use Miyuki 8/0 seed beads as they are larger than 11/0 and therefore a little easier to work with.
This bracelet is made up of 15 row sections. Not all rows are shown in the instructions. Don’t work too tightly! You’ll need the beads to move over when you add the increases. The graphics show the beads spaced out for clarity. Your beads should sit right next to each other.
The twisted herringbone stitch is a great way to add dimension to your projects. These instructions will show you how this stitch is done! As you can see, the pattern of the beads will affect how the bracelet looks when finished. When you line up the colors by columns, as we do in our example, it creates a look of spiraling stripes. Adding the beads at random also creates an interesting effect.
These are fun bracelets to make, and you can change the look in so many ways! Try different beads in the center for a different look. If you want to use a larger bead in the center, you’ll have to either adjust your bead count in your beginning rows, or use larger seeds. Just play around and see what works!
Herringbone, also known as Ndebele stitch, is an interesting seed bead weaving technique that is easy to learn. The weave is created with pairs of beads, lying in a V-shape pattern.