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Herringbone River Bracelet

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Herringbone River Bracelet Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

The herringbone stitch is what makes this bracelet so hypnotic. The turquoise beads at the center of the stitch look like a river flowing past tranquil green banks. This bracelet not only looks great, but feels great when wearing it! Learn how to make this bracelet and add a Herringbone River to your style!

Step one:
Create a 10-bead ladder stitch for the first row of the bracelet. See this PDF diagram to help you get started, as well as our Basic Flat Herringbone Mini Tutorial Video. Your rows will be 10 beads wide. Here is the order of beads you should use in each row:
  • One TOHO bead round 8/0 in color-lined light green/topaz. Repeat once more.
  • One Miyuki 8/0 metallic rainbow matte turquoise/light green Delica. Repeat one more.
  • One TOHO bead round 8/0 gilt-lined turquoise opal. Repeat once more.
  • One Miyuki Delicas. Repeat.
  • One color-lined light green/topaz TOHO. Repeat.
Note: We find greater success achieving the "V" formation on the outside rows of the weave with this technique; however, it does leave thread showing on the outside edges. If you don't like the thread showing, use the TOHO 15/0 Bead Rounds in Galvanized Aluminum to cover the threads as we do in this design.

Step two:
When you get to the end of the first row, the tails of the threads will be coming out of the bottom of the beads at both ends of the row. Flip the row so that the threads are exiting from the top of the beads.

Step three:
The next row will begin the herringbone stitch. Add two color-lined light green/topaz TOHO beads to the thread and bring the needle down through the second to the last bead in row one, as shown in the PDF above. These two new beads will sit on top of the two beads below in row one. They will make a "V" shape as you pull the thread. Then bring the needle up through the bead to the left. Add two Miyuki Delica beads to the thread and bring the needle down through the fourth seed bead in row one. Come up through the next bead over, add two turquoise opal TOHO beads to the thread, then go down through the next bead over in row 1. Come up through the next bead over, add two Miyuki Delicas and go down through the next bead over in row 1. Come up through the next bead over, add two light green/topaz TOHO beads and go down through the next bead over in row 1.

Step four:
Add three 15/0 galvanized aluminum beads to the thread and bring the needle around the outside edge of the bead (1A in image 8 in the diagram) and then up through the last bead in row two (2F in the diagram).

Step five:
Keep adding rows of herringbone until the bracelet is the desired length. If you need to add thread at any point, make sure to take a look at our Starting, Ending and Adding Thread page for some helpful tips. Stitch the last two rows together in a square stitch to even them up. Watch this Mini Tutorial video for help with the square stitch.

Step six:
With your thread exiting out of the first Miyuki Delica in the last row of your bracelet, add a gilt-lined turquoise opal TOHO to your thread, followed by a Swarovski 8mm cabochette bead in Light turquoise and a 15/0 seed bead. Come back through the crystal and 8/0 TOHO and into the next Delica in the row. Loop through these beads several times to strengthen the button you just made. Repeat this step on the next set of Delicas in the same row.

Step seven:
On the other end of your bracelet, make sure your thread is exiting out of the first Miyuki Delica in the row. Add a gilt-lined turquoise opal TOHO to your thread, followed by 24 15/0 TOHOs. Bring your thread back through the gilt-lined turquoise opal TOHO and then through the next Delica in the row. Loop through these beads several times to strengthen the loop. Repeat this step on the next set of Delicas in the same row.
Approximate Size: Size 7
Estimated Time: 4 Hours
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Olive (STRNG-0109)
The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04)
List of Components:
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Gilt-Lined Turquoise Opal (TBRD8-2104, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Color-Lined Light Green/Topaz (TBRD8-945, qty 1)
Miyuki 8g 8/0 Metallic Rainbow Matte Turquoise/Light Green Delicas (DBL0324, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Galvanized Aluminum (TBRD15-558, qty 1)
Swarovski 5026 8mm Cabochette Bead Light Turquoise (5026-LTU8, qty 2)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Turquoise (TBRD8-55F)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Lemon Lime (TBRD8-24F)
TOHO Bead Hex 8/0 Teal Green Lined Crystal (TBHX8-274)
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Higher-Metallic Emerald Iris (TBRD15-506)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Gilt-Lined Turquoise Opal
Code: TBRD8-2104
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.42$1.33$1.25
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Color-Lined Light Green/Topaz
Code: TBRD8-945
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.33$1.25$1.17
Qty>
Miyuki 8g 8/0 Metallic Rainbow Matte Turquoise/Light Green Delicas
Code: DBL0324
8/0, 8g Bag 
1-34-78+
$6.97$6.60$6.25
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Galvanized Aluminum
Code: TBRD15-558
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-56-1112+
$3.24$3.06$2.88
Qty>
Swarovski 5026 8mm Cabochette Bead Light Turquoise
Code: 5026-LTU8
Diameter 8mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.02$0.96$0.90
Qty>

Alternate Components

TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Matte Opaque Turquoise
Code: TBRD8-55F
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.28$1.20$1.13
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Frosted Silver-Lined Lemon Lime
Code: TBRD8-24F
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
Price: $1.40
Qty>
TOHO Bead Hex 8/0 Teal Green Lined Crystal
Code: TBHX8-274
Size 8/0, 8 gram bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.38$1.29$1.21
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Higher-Metallic Emerald Iris
Code: TBRD15-506
Size 15/0, 8g bag 
1-56-1112+
$2.75$2.59$2.44
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Dark Olive
Code: STRNG-0109
Length Approx. 55 yds 
1-34-78+
$4.49$4.17$3.79
Qty>
The Beadsmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack
Code: NEED-04
Length 2 inches, Size 10 
1-56-1112+
$2.72$2.57$2.42
Qty>



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