For many beaders, there are foggy mysteries that surround certain stitch techniques…how to do an odd-count peyote stitch turnaround or add a second row of cubic right-angle weave are just a couple of them. Another that often stumps new beaders is how to do a flat herringbone stitch turnaround. Well, look no further! There are a few different ways to do this technique, but I'll show you my favorite.
1) Start with an even-count ladder-stitched base.
2) String 2 beads, skip 1 bead of the base, pass down through the next bead and up through the following bead; repeat across.
3) Loop the needle under the thread that connects the final 2 beads of the base, then pass up through the last bead added.
4) String 2 beads, pass down through the next-to-last bead added in the previous row, and up through the following; repeat across.
5) Loop the needle under the thread that connects the final 2 beads of the previous row, then pass up through the last bead added.
It's that easy!
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Jean Cox (Campbell)
Content Strategist, Interweave Bead Group