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Basic Herringbone Stitch

Step 1

For a basic flat herringbone design, choose the colors you want to work with. For this technique, we have choosen three colors - color A, color B and color C.

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread your needle.

Step 3

Add a mini bead stopper about one foot from the end of your thread. Squeeze the two loops to open the bead stopper.

Step 4

Add thread to the mini bead stopper and release the loops. This will help prevent beads from falling off your thread. Remove the bead stopper once your piece is complete.

Step 5

To begin, start by making a bead ladder. We are creating a 2-row bead ladder which is easier to hold onto. Begin by stringing 4 A beads.

Step 6

Go back through all four beads.

Step 7

The four beads should be stacked two high.

Step 8

Go back up through the first two beads.

Step 9

Go back down through the last two beads.

Step 10

String 2 A beads.

Step 11

Go down through the previous two beads.

Step 12

Pass the needle back up through the last two beads.

Step 13

String 2 A beads.

Step 14

Go up through the previous two beads.

Step 15

Pass the needle back down through the last two beads.

Step 16

String 2 A beads.

Step 17

Go down through the previous two beads.

Step 18

Pass the needle up through the last two beads.

Step 19

String 2 A beads.

Step 20

Go up through the previous two beads. Repeat pattern until you have a bead ladder equal to the desired width of your piece. In this piece we have a 2-row bead ladder that is 3 columns wide. (Each column will equal one stitch made up of 2 beads.)

Step 21

You may need to turn the ladder so that the tread is exiting from the second bead from the end and your needle is pointing down.

Step 22

To begin the herringbone stitch, go up through the last bead in the first row.

Step 23

String 2 B beads.

Step 24

Skip the first bead in the second row and go down through the next bead in that same row.

Step 25

Go up through the next bead.

Step 26

String 2 B beads.

Step 27

Go down through the next bead.

Step 28

Go up through the next bead.

Step 29

String 2 B beads.

Step 30

Go down through the last bead in the same row.

Step 31

To do the turn, go back up through the last added bead.

Step 32

Add 2 C beads.

Step 33

Go down through the next B bead.

Step 34

Go up through the next B bead.

Step 35

String 2 C beads.

Step 36

Go down through the next B bead.

Step 37

Go up through the next B bead.

Step 38

String 2 C beads.

Step 39

Go down through the next B bead.

Step 40

Repeat steps 23 through 39 until you have reached your desired length.

Step 41

To finish off the thread, go down through several beads.

Step 42

Loop the needle around the thread between two beads. Tie a surgeon's knot around the thread and pull taut.

Step 43

Cut the thread.

Step 44

Clean up the ends of your thread using a Perfect End Thread Burner. Burn or melt the end of your thread until the end is no longer visible.

Step 45

To add a new piece of thread, tie a surgeon's knot around one of the threads between two beads.

Step 46

Go up through the beads until you exit through the last added bead.

Step 47

String 2 beads.

Step 48

Continue working the pattern.