Happy, Happy Herringbone Stitch

Jul 1, 2013

Do you love herringbone stitch as much as I do? Really, there's so much you can do with it -- whether you want to make a beaded bezel for a crystal bead, a beautiful twisted herringbone rope, or a piece of beaded jewelry with a distinctly African ethnic feel, herringbone stitch is my go-to bead-weaving technique for creating unique jewelry.

So far this year, I've seen some pretty cool beaded jewelry projects in the pages of Beadwork magazine that use herringbone stitch in some pretty surprising ways! A few of my favorites:

Jean Campbell has dedicated two of her fabulous Stitch Pro columns to herringbone stitch so far in 2013. The first, in the April/May 2013 issue, covers spiral herringbone stitch, one of my favorite techniques for making beaded ropes. In the most current August/September 2013 issue, she shows us how to make some easy beaded beads using tubular herringbone stitch! If you're new to herringbone stitch, these are a great way to learn some of the variations of herringbone stitch, as well as providing a way for you to play with herringbone stitch and see all that it's capable of doing in your beading projects
Also from the August/September 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine, Barbara Falkowitz's Siren's Medallion necklace uses a gorgeous herringbone rope to complement a fabulous pendant made with two-hole seed beads and peyote stitch.
Going back to the June/July 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine, Jayashree Paramesh's fabulous Paisley Parade Necklace is the perfect example of how to successfully combine herringbone stitch with other bead-weaving stitches. Maybe it's because I love traditional Indian jewelry so much, but this is one of my all-time favorite designs from 2013 so far!
If you're looking for a cool way to use up all those two-holed seed beads you've been hoarding (because, come on, I know I'm not the only one who buys those beads by the half-kilo, right?), look no further than Teresa Sullivan's amazing Lasso Loops bangle bracelets in the April/May 2013 issue. These beauties work up fast and have so much potential for embellishments: stitch on crystal beads, more seed beads, or even add a gemstone dangle!

It's not too late to join the fun happening in every issue of Beadwork magazine! Subscribe to Beadwork magazine for one year and get six issues packed with more amazing beading projects like these, plus techniques, tutorials, the latest and greatest in new beads and beading tools, and of course, the fabulous Designer of the Year projects!

What's your favorite way to use herringbone stitch? In a rope? Flat? Circular? Other shapes? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your favorite ways to use herringbone stitch, and any herringbone stitch tips you might have for us!

Bead Happy,


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on Jul 2, 2013 10:40 AM

My name is Kathleen Bouffard

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226 Route 132, Matane,(Québec)


I have a new e-mail address: Please do you want to change it soon?

Change: katbouf@globetrotter.net



Thanks a lot and have a good day

Kathleen Bouffard

VerdantEdge wrote
on Jul 2, 2013 11:00 PM

Herringbone stitch is one of my absolute favorites.  I love working in different sizes and shapes of beads with tubular herringbone to create gradual changes in size, texture, and shape.  I find it to be incredibly versatile and malleable, especially because it allows for extra beads to be added between stitches to create increases or decreases, shape the bead work, or hide exposed thread paths.