This bracelet in flat herringbone stitch is quickly learned and results in a supple band with columns in a fish bone pattern. As a consequence, it is a perfect stitch for both slender and large bracelets.
Arrange the beads of each layer in a zigzag or chevron pattern, so you can easily stack the next round on it.
Supplies for the flat herringbone weave:
- 8/0 seed beads (and optionally, 11/0 seed beads)
- needle, thread and scissors
- clasp and beading mat.
Weaving instructions for the flat herringbone stitch:
- as you will always add 2 beads at the same time and work with an even number of beads, it is wise to start the base in a 2-bead ladder stitch
- consequently, start with a base in ladder stitch of 2 beads wide and 6 beads long:
- pick up 4 beads, circle back through the 2 first beads at the tail end
- to get in position and to add beads, pass the needle through the last set of beads to go to the outer edge
- pick up 2 beads and go through the previous set of beads
- circle back through the set of beads you just added
- pick up 2 beads and continue adding beads until you have a strip of 6 beads
- if needed, you will find more instructions of the ladder stitch @ http://dunebeads.com/en/blog/month/2018-5
- to start the herringbone stitch and the 3rd round:
- pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the 2nd bead
- go up 2 levels through the 3th one
- pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the 4th bead
- go up 2 levels through the 5th bead, pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the last bead
- as a consequence, you go UP and DOWN two levels in the 3rd row, but only in the 3rd row, in order to stabilize the row below
SEE - part 2