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Laddered Herringbone

These instructions will use flat herringbone with 4 base stitches (two-bead groups), and a ladder in the centre. Two bead colors are used to show the separate areas of beadwork.Materials Needed: Seed beads in 2 colors (A, B)Beading threadBeading needleStitching: Step 1) Begin with a bead ladder that is 8 beads long, using color A beads. Add 4 rows of basic flat herringbone weave.Step 2) Step up to begin the fifth row, and add the first two herringbone stitches.Step 3) Pick up one color

Tubular Herringbone

Materials Needed: Seed beadsBeading ThreadNeedleStitching: 1) Create a bead ladder with an even number of beads, at least six beads across.2) Sew the ladder into a ring by stitching up through the first bead and back down through the last bead. Pull tight. Stitch through the first bead again, then through the second to secure the ring.3) Pick up two beads, and sew down through the next bead in the ring. Stitch up through the following bead and pull tight.4) Continue adding two beads at

Twisted Herringbone

Materials Needed: Seed beadsBeading ThreadNeedleStitching: 1) Create a bead ladder and complete three rounds of tubular herringbone.2) At the end of the third round, step-up by stitching up through two beads in the adjacent stack.3) Pick up two beads, sew down through the next bead, and up through two beads in the next stack. Continue around the ring.4) To step-up at the end of the round, stitch up through 3 beads. You will begin to see a twist after about 6 rounds. 5) Continue addin

Create a Bead Ladder

Instructions:1) Pick up two beads and slide them down until you have a 6 inch tail. 2) Hold the beads in place with one hand, and use the other to stitch back up through both beads. Pull tight. 3) Make sure that the beads are sitting side-by-side and the threads are snug. Pick up one bead. Stitch down through the bead that the working thread is exiting, and pull tight. 4) Hold the first two beads securely with one hand and make sure that all the threads are snug. Stitch up into the bead j

Twisted Tubular Herringbone Tutorial

Twisted Tubular Herringbone Tutorial

Brick Stitch Tutorial with Alternate Start

Brick Stitch Tutorial with Alternate Start

Loop Fringe

Step 1:Getting Started To get into position, weave needle and thread down so that you are exiting the bottom edge of your beadwork. If your thread is too short, add a new thread in the body of the beadwork and weave down so you are exiting the bottom edge of your beadwork.Pick up the desired number of beads plus one. For this example, I used a total of 20 beads.Pass needle back through the first bead picked up, and then back into the bead you originally exited.Step 2:Get Into

Flat Brick Stitch Beadwork

There are two general approaches for joining flat brick stitch beadwork: Aligned Beads Techniques and the Offset Beads Technique.1. Aligned Beads TechniqueWith the first approach, the beads in the two rows being joined are aligned vertically. This is different from the normal alignment of brick stitch rows, where the beads are offset like bricks in a wall. To make the join, follow the path of the thread shown in the diagram (in dark brown). Notice that this is a variation of square stitch, o

Picot Fringe

Step 1Create a flat peyote stitch piece. We have used size 8seed beads. Come up out of the first bead in the first column of your peyote stitch piece. Step 2String three beads. We used size 11 seed beads. Step 3Go down all the way through the adjacentseed bead Step 4Go up through the bottom of the adjacentseed bead.

Peyote Stitch Bezel

Step 1For this technique, we are using a size 11seed beads(bead A) and a size 15 Japanese seed bead. Step 2Choose a round or oval item to bezel. For this technique we have chosen a 12mm crystal rivoli stone. Step 3Cut a piece of thread about 6 feet long. Thread the needle. Then begin the bezel by stringing enough seed beads (bead A) to fit around the widest portion of the object to

Bead Embroidery

Step 1To start you will need to cut, color and glue down your sew-on stone, see our Cutting and Gluing Stiff Stuff to learn how. Step 2Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread the needle. Step 3Tie a double knot near the end of the thread. Step 4Lay out your beads. (For this technique we used three colors of size 11 seed beads.) However you can use a

Netting Clasp - Option 1

Step 1Once you have completed your netted piece, weave back down and around and exit your needle through the B bead second from the top. Step 2String 3 beads of an main color (B), 1 bead in coordinating color (A), and 15 beads of an accent color. Step 3Go back through bead A and the 3B beads. Step 4Go back through the B bead second from the top.

Brick Stitch around a Component

Step 1Cut 5 feet of FireLine thread. Loop the thread around the component and tie a surgeon knot, leaving a six-inch tail. Pull the knot tight. Thread a size 12 beading needle on the long end of the thread. Step 2String two seed beads. Step 3Bring the needle behind the component, through the center opening, and back through the last bead strung. Pull the thread tight.

Right Angle Weave Stitch Bezel

Step 1Create a section of right angle weave that is thirteen bead units long and two bead units wide. Step 2Check the fit of the strip of beadwork around the fancy stone. The beadwork should be one bead short of touching when wrapped around the stone. Step 3Bring both ends of the beadwork together so the beads line up. With the needle exiting one of the two end beads headed toward the middle o

Right Angle Weave Ring

Step 1Create a section of right angle weave that is thirteen bead units long and two bead units wide . (See Basic Right Angle Weave Technique) Step 2Set the stone aside. Check the fit of the strip of beadworkaround the fancy stone. The beadwork should be one bead short of touching when wrapped around the stone. Step 3Bring both ends of the beadwork together so the beadsline u

Right Angle Weave Bead

Step 1Cut a piece of thread about 3 feet long, and thread your needle. Step 2String four beads. Step 3Bring the beads down toward the end of your thread, leavinga three-inch tail. Go back through bead A (shown darker). Thiswill create a ring of beads. Step 4Pass your needle back around the ring of beads (B, C, D) andexit again from bead A.

Right Angle Weave Clasp - Option 2

Step 1Once you have completed your right angle weave piece, weave back down and around in a figure 8 pattern and exit your needle through the horizontal bead second from the top. Step 2String three size 11 seed beads in a coordinating color. Step 3Stringing one 4mm bicone crystal bead and 15 size 11 seed beads. The loop may vary depending on the size of your bead on the opposite side of the cl

Right Angle Weave Clasp - Option 1

Step 1Finish your piece to desired length. Weave back down andaround in a figure 8 pattern and exit your needle through thehorizontal bead second from the top. Step 2Go through the top loop of the slide bar clasp, and backinto the second horizontal bead. Step 3Turn down into the next vertical bead, then exit the thirdhorizontal bead from the top. Step 4

Basic Right Angle Weave

Step 1For a basic right angle weave design, choose the colors you want to work with. For this technique, I have choosen four colors - color A, color B, color C, and color D. Step 2Cut a piece of thread about 8 feet long. Thread your needle to the middle of the thread. This will allow you to use double thread which will make your finished piece stronger. Use Thread Heaven to condition your thread. This will help prevent fraying.

Tubular, Even Count Peyote Stitch

Step 1String 6 feet of thread through a size 12 needle. To begin weaving Tubular Even-Count Peyote, string 10 seed beads. Pull the beads into a circle. Pass back through all of the beads a secondtime. Step 2Tie a square knot. Step 3Use sharp scissors to cut off the thread tail. Step 4Pass the needle back through the first bead to bury the knot.