6 Free Favorite Herringbone Stitch Beading Projects!

Aug 17, 2012

I can't think of another bead-weaving stitch that is as versatile as herringbone stitch. Maybe I'm biased - herringbone stitch is, after all, my go-to beading stitch when I want to make a beaded rope for a pendant, a beaded bezel for a cabochon or a crystal stone, or make a fancy beaded collar.

With its origins in the heart of South Africa's Ndebele tribe, there is a rich history of culture and craft behind herringbone stitch. Herringbone stitch is instantly recognizable from the distinctive "v" pattern formed by the beads and thread path.

Herringbone stitch and all of its wonderful variations can be used for just about any beading task at hand. Need a quick beaded rope or lariat? Try making a soft, supple, and strong herringbone rope. A strong and sturdy base for beaded necklaces and bracelets can be made with flat herringbone. Tubular herringbone, with or without a twist, is the perfect way to create substantial beaded bracelets and necklaces that are just begging for a little embellishment!

Because we love herringbone stitch, we've put together six of our favorite herringbone stitch beading patterns for you in our latest free eBook, Beading Daily's Guide to Herringbone Stitch: 7 Free Herringbone Patterns. Look at what's in store for you:

  • First, let Jean Campbell, our resident bead-weaving genius, take you through basic herringbone stitch and beyond with her Stitch Pro column.
  • I've always said that beading is the best therapy around, and apparently, Margo Field agrees. Her Therapy Necklace uses a simple herringbone tube that you can embellish to your heart's desire.
  • If you've ever thought that basic herringbone tubes were boring, check out Maggie's Weave by Marlene Blessing. Adding a splash of colorful stripes and mixing in some wonderful silver beads will give you a basic herringbone necklace that's casual, yet stylish.
  • Learn the basics of twisted tubular herringbone with Doris Coghill's Fresh Twist. This simple and refreshing herringbone necklace can be used to showcase your favorite glass bead!
  • Lynn Davy's Cairo Necklace is a perfect example of how a strong herringbone stitch base can be embellished with larger beads for a modern, sophisticated look.
  • Herringbone tubes and ropes are wonderfully supple and soft, and Maria Theresa Ferreira takes full advantage of these qualities with her Modern Medieval Ring. Bend and swirl a simple herringbone rope to capture a beautiful crystal pearl focal bead!
  • Finally, combine both tubular twisted and flat circular herringbone stitch in Leslee Frumin's fabulous Purple Anemone necklace. You'll give your newly-developed herringbone stitch skills a real workout while you create a stunning piece of beaded jewelry!

So grab your favorite tube of seed beads and get comfortable, because once you start stitching these projects using herringbone stitch, you'll find it's very hard to stop. (Don't say I didn't warn you!) Download your free copy of Beading Daily's Guide to Herringbone Stitch: 7 Free Herringbone Patterns and get busy beading!

Bead Happy,



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carolee1945 wrote
on Aug 18, 2012 8:48 AM

I am trying to learn herringbone and for me, it is the craziest stitch ever.  I need to do tubular h. with tiny beads for a pattern I have, and I keep trying and trying with size 8's, then 11's.  I understand the basics, but to get started just seems impossible to even  know where you are.

on Aug 28, 2012 7:59 AM

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ScottishSue wrote
on Aug 29, 2012 6:37 PM

ERROR in Figure 4 of "Therapy Necklace" by Margo C. Field.

That necklace was originally published in Beadwork, August September 2002.

The following month Beadwork published an "OPPS!"  Figure 4 is incorrectly drawn.  The Nine-Bead Leaf Dangle is made in this way:   String 6 beads and pass back through the fifth bead (in the opposite direction from how it was originally strung).  Then string 3 more beads and pass back through the first bead.


dianedp wrote
on Oct 21, 2012 3:52 PM

Am I the only one who cannot download this book? I saw this ring about a month ago, my browser crashed, and I've been searching for it ever since. I really want this pattern!

Every time I try--and I've come at it through different sites, used the "6" pattern book and the "7" pattern book (there are two, although the look the same)--I get a message saying this connection can never be completed.

Help! I'm really craving that Modern Medieval Ring!