|Beaded Herringbone Cord|
With this Free Bead Pattern
This beaded cord was created while working with the bead stitch known as Herringbone Weave, which is also known as Ndebele Weave. It makes a very sleek beaded cord and looks beautiful by itself or with the addition of a beaded pendant or slider.
Here's a close up:
The beadwork pictured uses Matte Blue, Silver-Lined Purple and Metallic Fuchsia Delica beads. Choose a thread color that will not contrast too sharply with your bead colors. This beadwork was done with Medium Blue Synbond. The base row used here is a modified version of the base row method featured in Beadwork Magazine.
To begin, tie one fuchsia bead to the end of your thread and go through it once. Pick up 3 more fuchsia, 4 blue and 4 purple. Then go through the back of the first fuchsia bead to form a circle. As you take these next 3 stitches, keep them loose until you've done all of them. Skip the next 2 fuchsia beads and go through the 4th fuchsia and the 1st blue. Skip the next two blue beads and go through the 4th blue and the 1st purple. Skip the next two purple beads and go through the 4th one.
Now pull your thread tight. Your work so far should end up looking something like the next illustration with 3 double columns of beads, 1 of each color. As the cord builds, you will be adding to each column by placing a pair of beads in the "v" at the top of each of them. Thread your needle up through the side of the fuchsia column that's closest to your thread.
Repeat From Here
Pick up two fuchsia beads and go down through the first bead on the other side of the column. Then go up through the bottom of the top bead in the blue column on the side closest to your thread. Keep your tension very tight. As you go, start squeezing the columns toward the center so that they stand upright.
The beading should start looking like the next illustration, don't be disturbed if it doesn't tighten up right away, though. Pick up 2 blue beads and go down through the top blue bead on the other side of the column. Then go up through the bottom of the top bead in the purple column on the side closest to your thread. Try do both of these steps in one motion.
Now pick up 2 purple beads and go down through the top bead on the other side of the purple column. Now that you have added two beads to each column, it's time to get your needle in position for the next row. You will be tempted to go up through the top fuchsia bead in the column next door, but this is not correct. Go up through the bead just below the top bead and the top bead in the side of the fuchsia column closest to your thread.
To continue, go back up to where it says repeat from here and follow the instructions below that point.
The top row always stays loose, so when you are done you need to sew it up like this:
You can use these instructions for any tubular herringbone project, just start with a set of four beads in the base row for each 2 beads you want there to be in the final circumference.