Making Waves with Herringbone Stitch, Part 2: Elegant Undulations
For me, herringbone stitch is one of those bead weaving stitches where I'm not afraid to experiment and discover all it has to offer. Maybe it's the history and culture behind herringbone stitch with its origins in South Africa that speaks to me. Whatever it is, I love the look and feel of herringbone stitch in all of its many forms and variations, and I love how versatile it is.
Autumn Dreams by Leslie Frazier
I think I really got hooked on herringbone stitch after I purchased a kit from Leslie Frazier at Bead Fest Philadelphia back in 2009. She had a selection of her gorgeous Autumn Dreams necklace kits for sale, and I was totally in love with the earthy brown and green colors. I was also intrigued to learn how she made those oak leaves with flat herringbone stitch!
In my previous Make Waves with Herringbone Stitch blog, I showed you how to achieve gentle curves on the outside of flat herringbone stitch. This tutorial will show you how to make undulating curves within a piece of flat herringbone stitch, and it really is a lot easier than you would think.
For this particular technique, it works best if you use two sizes of seed beads. I used a Japanese 11o and 15o in two contrasting colors.
This type of undulating flat herringbone stitch makes beautiful bracelets and necklace straps for large pendants. It also makes fun anklets and handbag straps, too. Experiment with different beads in the center and on the edges, mix up your colors, and most of all, have fun. Don't be afraid to make mistakes when you're experimenting with herringbone stitch – you m might end up with a beautiful "mistake"!