Russian chevron chain isn't quite the same as the chevron stitch you might be familiar with from the work of Designer of the Year Melanie Potter, but it's a fast and easy way to make lovely beaded bracelets and necklaces. While it more closely resembles St. Petersburgh chain in its construction, Russian chevron is a delightful bead-weaving stitch that can be modified in dozens of ways to suit any taste or project!
To get started with Russian chevron, all you need are three different colors of seed beads (A, B, and C) in size 11/0. Once you learn the basic thread path, try substituting Czech fire polished beads, round glass druks, or crystal bicones for some fun variations. If you want to begin by making a bracelet, choose a fun button for your clasp or closure.
Begin by cutting a comfortable length of thread. (About 5' is enough to make a bracelet for your first experiments with this stitch.) String a stop bead in the center of the thread. (Note: You can also work this base using a two-needle technique.)
Want to learn more about stitching chevron chain? If you're new to this fun, versatile bead-weaving stitch, I can highly recommend Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie Potter. When I'm learning a new bead-weaving stitch like chevron chain, it helps for me to be able to see it demonstrated by a real person. Learn how to stitch flat, tubular, and circular chevron chain, along with other creative variations of this bead-weaving stitch. Best of all, you can download your copy of Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie Potter on your favorite desktop or laptop computer and be watching and beading in just minutes!
Have you worked with Russian chevron chain before? Do you know anything about the origins of this bead-weaving stitch? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your knowledge, tips, and techniques with us!
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