Shape Up with Herringbone Stitch

Apr 8, 2013

Have you tried working with herringbone stitch yet? Whether you're a baby beader just getting started, or you feel comfortable with your bead-weaving skills, herringbone stitch is a great beading stitch to know. When worked with all the great two-hole and shaped beads popping up at shows and bead shops, herringbone stitch gives your beading projects a delightful texture, both in look and feel.

Getting started with herringbone stitch is easy! Check out these five blogs here on Beading Daily that give you all you need to know to get started with herringbone stitch, and then to take it further with techniques to add shape and texture!

herringbone-stitch Hurray for Herringbone! Getting started with herringbone stitch is easy when you create a brick stitch base. Follow this easy tutorial to learn the thread path for flat herringbone stitch!
herringbone-stitch Making Waves with Herringbone Stitch, Part 1: Once you're comfortable with flat herringbone stitch, it's easy to create beautiful curves without increasing and decreasing, just by changing up your bead sizes. Follow this easy tutorial to see how you can create a lovely wave in your herringbone, great for quick and easy bracelets and necklace straps!
herringbone-stitch Making Waves with Herringbone Stitch, Part 2: Another way to create curves with herringbone stitch is to add seed beads between stitches. It takes a little practice to get the tension right, but this is another way to incorporate larger beads like fire polished rounds and crystal bicones into your herringbone stitch.
herringbone-stitch Challenge Yourself with Variations of Tubular Herringbone: When it comes to making beaded ropes, tubular herringbone stitch is my go-to beading technique. Whether I work it plain or twisted, these fast and easy beaded ropes are the backbone of my beaded jewelry designs.
Whip Up a Herringbone Rope With Some Texture. Another great option for jazzing up a plain herringbone rope is to just change up the size of the beads. In the same way that using a range of bead sizes creates a wavy strip of flat herringbone, using a variety of seed bead sizes in a herringbone rope gives you lots of texture and fun "bumps"!

If you've already mastered herringbone stitch and are always looking for new and innovative uses of the stitch, look no further than the pages of Beadwork magazine. With the fabulous Designer of the Year beading projects, and some of today's most innovative herringbone stitch designs by up-and-coming bead artists, you're sure to find great ideas for incorporating herringbone stitch into your beaded jewelry designs! Subscribe to Beadwork magazine and get six great issues of herringbone stitch inspiration!

Do you have a tip for someone just getting started with herringbone stitch? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your tips and ideas for mastering herringbone stitch with us!

Bead Happy,


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WIlaker wrote
on Apr 8, 2013 10:15 AM

Jennifer: I love Herringbone! Aside from the beautiful chevron shape, the texture of a delicately accomplished tubular necklace is like nothing else--so silky.

Amy Ataei

Crystallized Gems

on Apr 8, 2013 10:49 AM

Herringbone stitch is my favorite stitch.  I do find being at a table with a round bead dish with the multiple places to put out small amounts of the beads is the best way to do the different colors or the different sizes of the beads for the project.


ALThompson wrote
on Apr 9, 2013 9:23 PM

Hay can you direct me to the place here where it shows who to do free form herringbone stitch?   Thanks angela