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How to Do the Twisted Herringbone Stitch

The twisted herringbone stitch is a great way to add dimension to your projects. These instructions will show you how this stitch is done! As you can see, the pattern of the beads will affect how the bracelet looks when finished. Both bracelets feature the Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend, but look very different because of the way the beads are added. When you line up the colors by columns, as we do in our example, it creates a look of spiraling stripes. Adding the beads at random also creates an interesting effect. Use these instructions to assist in making one of our Herringbone Halloween bracelets. For the Halloween bracelet, we assigned each row a different color to create yet another pattern.
Make a ladder stitch starting with two beads of one color, then using two beads in a different color and two more beads in another different color. For help creating this first row, please see our Ladder Stitch Handy Tip. We recommend size 8/0 seed beads for this stitch. Once you have finished this row of ladder stitch, start creating a normal tubular herringbone stitch. You can watch this Tubular Herringbone Stitch Mini Tutorial with Leslie Rogalski for more instruction.Make four rows of normal tubular herringbone. Make sure to add the correct color bead at the appropriate time (you want the columns to match up in color).To step up, go through three beads instead of the two you would normally go through for a normal tubular herringbone stitch.
Pick up two beads of the correct color and go down through the next bead in the row.Go up through two beads in the next row instead of the one you would normally go through in a normal tubular herringbone stitch.Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you are back to the color of beads you started with (in our case, it was the red beads).
Remember to step up through three beads to start the next row.Repeat steps 3 through 7 to make your tube the desired length. You will notice the beads start to twist as you keep going. When making your tube, make sure to account for the length of the clasp when determining how long you want your finished piece to be. For example, our finished bracelet measures 7 3/4 inches with the end caps and clasp attached, so the beaded tube is only about 5 1/2 inches long. When your tube is the desired length, finish it by gluing two end caps on each side and then attaching a clasp with jump rings.

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