Twisted Herringbone

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Materials Needed:

Seed beads

Beading Thread



1) Create a bead ladder and complete three rounds of tubular herringbone.

2) At the end of the third round, step-up by stitching up through two beads in the adjacent stack.

3) Pick up two beads, sew down through the next bead, and up through two beads in the next stack. Continue around the ring.

4) To step-up at the end of the round, stitch up through 3 beads. You will begin to see a twist after about 6 rounds.

5) Continue adding rounds of herringbone in this manner until the rope is the desired length.

6) Finish the final round by stepping-up into the second-to-last bead. Stitch down through the third bead, and up through the fourth, pulling tight with each pass. Continue zipping up the tube until each bead is secure.

Adding and ending thread:

When the working thread is approximately 4 inches long, finish a round and step-up to begin the next round. Do not pick up any beads. Stitch down into the adjacent stack of beads and exit after 4 to 6 beads. Do not secure the tail until your new thread has been added (this will help to keep your place in the beadwork).

Secure a stop-bead to your new thread, and stitch up into the appropriate stack of beads, at least 3 beads down. Exit at the top of the bead work and continue stitching normally.

Variation Ideas:

Try using beads of different sizes for on or more stacks of the herringbone rope.

You can also increase tubular herringbone using the ladder technique.

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