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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

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