Beading Guides

Beading Basics: Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone stitch was the very first stitch I tried.  I made a simple band using herringbone stitch with gunmetal seed beads and a little edging.  It only took one herringbone bracelet to start a passion for bead weaving.  I still wear that bracelet often.

Herringbone is a traditional stitch that has stood the test of time and it’s not hard to see why.  The stitch is versatile and easy, and it produces a beautiful result.  In this post, I will go over the basics of this classic stitch.

You need a base to start with when working with herringbone stitch, so make a ladder out of seed beads first.  The ladder needs an even amount of beads.  Pick up 2 seed beads and sew through them again, making sure they sit side by side.  Pick up another bead and sew through the previous bead, and back through the bead you just added.  Sew through them again to reinforce the work.  Continue this process until you have the desired length strip.

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Now that you have your ladder, pick up two beads and sew down through the next bead in the ladder.  Sew up through the following bead.  Repeat to the end of the ladder and sew up through the last bead added to make a turn and start the next row.

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Pick up 2 beads and sew down through the next bead in the previous row.  Sew up through the following bead and repeat for the length of the strip.  Keep making turns and adding rows until you achieve the desired result.

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I hope you enjoyed this Beadphoria post! As always, Happy Beading!

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