Video Tutorial: Techniques – Herringbone Stitch from a Ladder Stitch start

Video Tutorial: Techniques – Herringbone Stitch from a Ladder Stitch start


In this video I’m demonstrating how to do Herringbone Stitch from a Ladder stitch start. Herringbone (aka Ndebele stitch) gets its name from the way it causes the beads to lie, which is reminiscent of the ubiquitous Herringbone patterns surrounding us in everyday life, such as in textiles, brickwork etc, and was originally inspired by the look of the skeleton of a Herring fish. Herringbone stitch produces a wonderful beadwork textile and is just as versatile as all the other beadwork stitches; it can easily be worked flat, circular, tubular and in combination with other stitches. The thread pathway of the stitch causes the beads to lie in the beautiful rick-rack formation, which can really show off the characteristics of some beads, particularly sliver-lined beads, those with strong outlines e.g., Delica beads and those with cuts e.g., Czech Charlottes.

Herringbone stitch can be started from either a Ladder stitch start as I demonstrate in this video or from a Herringbone start which I will leave for another video. Each Herringbone stitch involves picking up 2 beads, so your Ladder stitch foundation row needs to be an even number of beads.

Like Peyote and Brick Stitch, Herringbone is great for weaving in a pattern; there are plenty of blank Herringbone Stitch grids available on the web for you to print out and then draw some patterns for beading, then simply select the bead colours you like and pick up the appropriate bead for each stitch – if you’re unsure of what I mean, I will be publishing a video showing how to do this. But first get some practise in the basic stitch!

In this video I’m wearing:
Nefertiti’s Treasure necklace made with a Swarovski Cosmic Ring, embellished with bicone crystals, 2 colours of size 15º Miyuki seed beads and 24Kt Gold-plated Czech Charlotte beads.

Crystal Finger Candy Ring made with Swarovski round and bicone crystals and size 15º and 11º Miyuki seed beads.

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Materials used & links to Suppliers:

Fireline 4lb Smoke – Stitchncraft
Flatnose Pliers (for flattening the end of the Fireline, for threading) – Stitchncraft
Size 12 needle – Stitchncraft
Matsuno Size 8 seed beads – GJ Beads


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