The herringbone stitch an old-timer? No way, the newer shaped beads, such as the Cali bead, can be perfectly integrated and offer a different and very modern look to the traditional herringbone stitch. The start may be a little challenging, but it will end up being an easy and quickly made project.
As you are working with different sizes, going from tiny to relatively big beads, you need to maintain a firm thread tension and keep the Cali beads straight.
Supplies for the “Like no other” herringbone rope:
- 3x8 mm Czech Cali beads with three holes
- 15/0 Japanese Miyuki seed beads
- 3x3 mm faceted Czech beads for the intersection
- S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James needles # 10 or #12
- scissors and a bead mat
Weaving instructions for the “Like no other” herringbone rope:
- check the holes of the beads before stringing them
- take a comfortable length of thread
- first round: pick up one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead equaling a total of four Cali-seed bead sets
- keep a 20 cm tail thread, so you can add the clasp later on without problems
- to form a circular base, make a second pass through all the beads as well as the first Cali bead
- second round: pick up a 3 mm bead and make a step-up by passing your needle through the second hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn
- pick up a 3 mm bead and pass the needle through the second hole of the next Cali, repeat two more times and tighten your thread
- note: while the 3 mm beads are maintaining the round shape, the Cali beads form strong V-lines. To work comfortably maintain the Cali beads nicely vertical.
- third round: make a step-up by passing your needle through the third hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn
- pick up one Cali, one seed bead, one Cali and go with your needle through the next Cali bead
- pick up a seed bead and go through the next Cali
SEE - part 2