Twisted herringbone beading instructions

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Twisted herringbone beading instructions
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Twisted herringbone bead stitch forms a unique spiral rope that can be worn alone as a necklace or bracelet or serve as a strap for a pendant. Work this stitch all in one colour and size beads for simple elegance, or work it in two or more sizes or colours to intensify the appearance of the spiral.

Different methods of working twisted herringbone produce different results. One method gives a modest twist that does not begin to appear until you have worked two inches or more. Another method begins to twist almost immediately, giving the spiral more definition.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Beading thread of your choice
  • Beading needle
  • Size 11 delica seed beads

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  1. 1

    Pick up four beads and slide them to within 6 inches of the end of the thread. Pass the thread up through the first two beads you picked up. Arrange the beads into two stacks of two beads each, side by side.

  2. 2

    Pick up two beads, pass up through the first two beads again. Pass down through the two beads you just added, making a thread circle through the two bead stacks. Continue adding two beads at a time working clockwise for one pair and counterclockwise for the next pair until you have eight stacks of beads.

  3. 3

    Form the ladder of beads into a circle by passing down through the two beads on the starting end and up through the two you just added.

  4. 4

    Pick up two beads, pass down through one bead to the left. Pass up through the next bead to the left. Repeat three times. On the last pair of beads, pass up through two beads to step up for the next row.

  5. 5

    Work three more rows in this manner, remembering to pass up through two beads at the end of each row.

  6. 6

    Pick up two beads, go down through one bead. Skip down three rows and pass the thread back up through three beads. Pull the thread taut so that the beads just added bend downward. Continue around picking up two beads, passing down through one bead and back up through three beads. Pass up through four beads at the end of the row.

  7. 7

    Repeat the last row until your work is the desired length.

  8. 8

    Pass the thread down through an adjoining bead and weave in a zigzag pattern to secure the thread. Trim tails. Weave in the starting thread tail in the same manner.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep tension tight to prevent excessive thread from showing and to make your spiral more definite.
  • Tie a double half hitch knot to secure the thread before your weave it back in if you're not comfortable with just the zigzag weave.

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