5 Favorite Ways to Use Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone stitch has long been one of my favorite bead-weaving stitches, and I'm guessing that I'm not alone: from beaded ropes to beaded bezels for cabochons and large gemstone focal beads, herringbone stitch has dozens of variations and uses in beaded jewelry design ideas. I've written so much about herringbone stitch during my time here at Beading Daily, I thought I would share my top 5 favorite herringbone stitch blogs with you!

1. Variations on twisted herringbone ropes. Herringbone ropes are made with simple tubular herringbone stitch, and when you mix up the sizes and shapes of the beads you choose and throw in a little twist, you have a stand-alone beaded necklace or bracelet that doesn't really require a focal pendant. These are by far my favorite way to use herringbone stitch for my beading projects!

2. Use herringbone stitch to make an easy bezel. I have a soft spot for using cabochons and found objects in my beaded jewelry designs, but don't always enjoy spending hours and hours crafting bezels to capture these stones and undrilled objects in beadwork. Lucky for me, I discovered a few fun, easy ways to create beaded bezels that allow me to incorporate these kinds of materials into my beaded jewelry.

3. Great tips for working in herringbone stitch. When it comes to using herringbone stitch in beading projects, you can never have too many great tips from bead artist and expert Leslie Rogalski. Her 5 Herringbone Tips are perfect for anyone who wants to advance their herringbone stitch skills.

4. Herringbone stitch isn't just for beads! I knew from my interest in knitting and crochet that herringbone stitch was used in other kinds of crafts, and I was delighted to discover some great patterns and projects (without beads) that use this classic stitching technique.

5. I can't believe it's not herringbone stitch. With all the new two-holed seed beads out there, someone was bound to discover that these beads are perfect for creating the look of flat herringbone stitch without the counting of beads in the first few rows and somewhat complicated turn-arounds at the end of each row. I love using this method for making quick, substantial beaded neck straps and bracelets.

Ready to learn even more about herringbone stitch? Whether you're a more experienced beader who's totally in love with this essential off-loom bead-weaving stitch or a complete beginner who's just beginning to explore all the possibilities of herringbone, you'll want to get your hands on the Mastering Herringbone Stitch Ultimate Collection. With three essential resources for learning herringbone stitch, including Melinda Barta's Mastering Herringbone Stitch book, plus a complete beading kit for the Paisley Paillettes bracelet featured in the book, you're sure to find out why beaders everywhere love herringbone stitch.

Do you love herringbone stitch? What's your favorite variation herringbone stitch? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us your favorite tips, tricks, and techniques for using herringbone stitch!

Bead Happy,


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