Just like Brick Stitch, Herringbone Stitch starts with a single row of Ladder Stitch
1. To start, pass through two beads 3-4 times (leave a six inch tail) and pull the thread snug. Give the beads a nudge with your finger to get them to stand up, side by side, so that the holes run parallel to each other (rather then end to end).
2. String on bead #3. Circle around and pass through bead #2, then through bead #3 again.
3. Add bead #4. Circle around and pass through bead #3 and then through bead #4 again.
4. Continue in this way, adding a bead then circling around so that you connect it to the last bead until you have a six bead row. Try to keep the thread snug and your tension even, but the beads will wobble a little. They will straighten up later as you add herringbone rows.
Hint: I usually start with about 1 1/2 yards of thread. Any longer and I get too many tangles.
Now begin Herringbone Stitch
1. String on two beads and pass down through the next to last bead of the last row (bead #5). Then come back up through bead #4.
2. String on two more beads. Now, pass down through bead #3 and come up through bead #2
You may need to give the beads a shove with your finger to make them settle into the correct position. Then pull the thread for a snug tension. The beads will lean toward each other.
3. Add two more beads. Pass down through bead #1 to end the row.
4. To get up to the top of the 2nd row, so that you can begin the 3rd row, pass around the outside of the bottom row end bead. Then go up through the last bead of the row above (it is bead #12)
This kind of "turn" to get to the next row leaves the thread exposed.
If you want to hide the thread, you can put several small beads onto the thread before passing up through the bead above. It will add an interesting embellishment to the edge.
Another way to hide the thread is to take a different route through the beads to get to the top. See the diagram.
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 until the strip is as long as you want. End by traveling through the beads in a circle several times, then trim the tail. Put a needle on the original tail and weave it in, too.
The collar piece of this necklace is herringbone. Also the square part of the tab that holds the rose.
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5. Each time you bead a row you only need to pass down through the row directly underneath and then back up. You don't have to pass all the way down to the bottom row each time.
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