Loveland, Colo: With its origins in the heart of South Africa’s Ndebele tribe, there is a rich history of culture and craft behind herringbone stitch. This stitch is instantly recognizable from the distinctive “v” pattern formed by the beads and thread path. It’s no wonder it’s a favorite among Beading Daily experts. They’ve compiled this free guide full of instruction and a unique herringbone pattern for each variation of the stitch.
Herringbone stitch is such a versatile bead-weaving stitch and can be used for just about any project. Theresa Ferreira’s free pattern to bend and swirl a simple herringbone rope to capture a beautiful crystal pearl focal bead is a quick herringbone pattern for a beaded rope or lariat. 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. Leslee Frumin’s fabulous herringbone necklace pattern will compliment newly-developed skills during the creation of a unique piece of beaded jewelry. The free guide to learn herringbone stitch and the free patterns are available for download today!
Become a Pro at Herringbone Stitch
Stitch Pro column by Jean Campbell
The free column tackles flat herringbone stitch—a quick, strong stitch. Got herringbone down? Then expand your skills by learning how to make both subtle and extreme increases, creating this pretty crown shape.
Unwind with a Little Herringbone
Therapy Necklace by Margo Field
"'Therapy' begins with incorporating beautiful colors and sizes of beads into herringbone tubes." For those who agree that beading is the best therapy around, join Margo Field to make this exquisite design. Her Therapy Necklace uses a simple herringbone tube that you can embellish to your heart's desire.
Versatility of Herringbone Stitch
Maggie's Weave by Marlene Blessing
Anyone who’s thought that basic herringbone tubes were boring should check out this free herringbone pattern. Named for the designer's Grandma Maggie, this necklace was inspired by the graphics in JoAnne Zekowski's lampworked beads. This fashion-forward piece combines her spectacular beads with herringbone-
Stand-out Herringbone Necklace
Fresh Twist by Doris Coghill
This necklace was originally designed a couple of years ago to show off the silvercored beads made by Doris's lampworker friend, Lea Zinke. Lea keeps coming up with new colors of beads, which requires Doris to make a new color of necklace! This simple and refreshing herringbone necklace can be used to showcase your favorite glass bead.
Combining Both Tubular Twisted and Flat Circular Herringbone Stitch
Purple Anemone by Leslee Frumin
Tubular twisted and flat circular herringbone stitch are both combined in Leslee Frumin's fabulous Purple Anemone necklace. Newly-developed herringbone stitch skills will get a real workout creating this stunning piece of beaded jewelry! Leslee created this flower with free-form herringbone stitch.
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