Quick and Easy: Try This Herringbone Rope with Twin Beads!
If there's one thing we beaders can be grateful for, it's the never-ending source of inspiration that we can find on the internet for our beading projects! I recently joined a wonderful online group of beaders, who are all committed to elevating the craft of beadwork into an art. One of the members, Beth Clark, posted a beautiful photograph of some herringbone stitch ropes she's been making, following a tutorial she found through Pinterest on a Hungarian blog. Well, I'm always game for a new beading pattern using two-hole seed beads, especially my enormous collection of Twin beads, so I took a stab at working up her tutorial and discovered a fun, easy way to make a new kind of beaded rope using two-hole seed beads.
After working up a necklace of my own using this herringbone stitch technique, I can see why Beth is so obsessed with it! The resulting rope was smooth and supple, but extremely sturdy and suitable for hanging heavy beaded pendants. I can also imagine a whole world of ways in which to embellish these beaded ropes using seed beads, pearls, or even small loops of fringe. Try this herringbone rope technique with your favorite colors of Twins and size 11 seed beads!
Materials for an 18" rope necklace:
- 40 grams Twin beads (A)
- 10 grams size 11 seed beads (B)
- 6 lb. test braided beading thread
- Clasp of your choice
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
Tips for working this Twin bead herringbone rope:
- To add new thread, leave your thread exiting from a bead at the beginning of a round. Look down the tube and find a bead a few rounds underneath where your thread is currently exiting, and insert your needle up through that bead, following the path straight up to the bead your thread is currently exiting. You can tie a half-hitch knot around the thread as you work your way up the beaded tube. Continue beading while holding the old thread tail aside, keeping your tension firm. Once you have beaded a few inches, you can weave in both thread tails and trim them close to the beadwork.
- To finish off your rope, just pass through the top (empty) hole of the next A in the round, and up through the next B. Repeat a few times until the end cinches up nicely, and add your clasp by using seed bead loops to attach it to the beaded rope.
- Once you get the hang of the pattern, this rope works up very quickly — I made an 18" necklace in just under a couple of hours, and even had time to make a quick bangle bracelet before going to bed that evening!
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