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LEARN and CREATE – the flat herringbone weave made easy - part 1

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.

flat herringbone weave made easy

Challenge:
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

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - start

  • to get in position and to add beads, pass the needle through the last set of beads to go to the outer edge

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - getting in position to add 2 beads

  • pick up 2 beads and go through the previous set of beads

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - adding 2 beads

  • circle back through the set of beads you just added

flat herringbone - 2-bead ladder stitch - getting in position

  • to start the herringbone stitch and the 3rd round: 
  • pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the 2nd bead

flat herringbone - 3rd row - start

  • go up 2 levels through the 3th one

flat herringbone - 3th round - getting in position to add beads

  • pick up 2 beads and go down 2 levels through the 4th bead

flat herringbone - 3th round - add second pair

  • 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

LEARN and CREATE – the flat herringbone weave made easy - part 2

CONTINUATION: flat herringbone weave

  • *to get in position for the next round and all the other rounds, make a zig-zag movement:
  • go UP through the bottom of the previous bead on the same level

flat herringbone - next round - start zigzag movement

  • and go UP through the bottom of the end bead to end up at the top of the last bead

flat herringbone - zigzag movement - end position

  • this method is recommended if you create a wide bracelet or if you like a simple effect without embellishments, but it has the disadvantage of straightening the beads at the ends
  • there is another way which keeps the V-shape of the beads, but which makes use of ornamentation. You can access the next row from the outside by adding a few beads in a smaller size. For instance, if you work with size 8 beads you could add a scalloped edge with 2 or 3 beads in size 11.

flat herringbone - scalloped edge

  • to start the following round : pick up 2 beads, go down 1 level through the 2nd bead and go up through the 3th one, pick up 2 beads and go down 1 level through the 4th bead, go up through the 5th bead, pick up 2 beads and go down 1 level through the last bead **
  • note: you go up and down one bead at a time
  • continue from* to** with the "end of row movement" of your choice till you reached the desired length  
  • you will find out that the top of each column seems to separate from the other columns as the beads are attached at the bottom in the previous round. Consequently and in order to finish your piece, you stitch in circular movement through the beads of the last two rows in order to create a look similar to the two base rows in ladder stitch.

flat herringbone - columns

  • add a clasp and enjoy your bracelet

flat herringbone and glass discs


Tips:

it is easy to integrate other stitches in between pieces of herringbone weave.

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!