1. Gather Your Materials
You'll need the following beads and supplies to make a necklace that is about 16 inches long, not including the length of your clasp.
- About 527 (4.6 grams) red size 11/0 round Japanese seed beads (R)
- About 357 (3.1 grams) white size 11/0 round Japanese seed beads (W)
- About 442 (3.9 grams) blue size 11/0 round Japanese seed beads (B)
I used Miyuki brand seed beads in silver-lined flame red, opaque white, and color-lined crystal deep ocean blue. Because manufacturers change their designer colors over time, I recommend using whichever red, white, and blue beads you like and can easily find.
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- Size 10 beading needle
- Size D or 6-pound beading thread (I used white FireLine)
- Thread cutter (beading scissors for softer thread, such as Nymo, or wire cutters for tougher thread, such as FireLine)
- Your kit of other essential beading suppplies
- A ready-made clasp and two jump rings in your choice of finishes (I used a lobster clasp, a figure eight connector, and two jump rings)
- Two pairs of chain nose pliers (for attaching the clasp)
2. Create the First Beaded End Loop
Cut a length of beading thread that is as long as you feel comfortable working with. I used an arms' span length. Thread the needle for single-strand beadweaving.
Use the needle to pick up 8B, and slide those beads down to about six inches from the end of the thread. Reverse direction and pass the needle back through the very first B that you picked up. Hold that B between your fingers and pull the thread taut to create a beaded loop.
Tie a square knot to secure the loop.
3. Make the First Chevron Stitch
Pick up 1W, 1R, 1B, 2W, 1R, 4B, 1R, and 2W. Slide all of those beads down against the beaded loop.
Hold the first 1B between your finger and thumb, and pass the needle back up through that bead in the opposite direction. Pull the thread taut.
4. Make the Second Chevron Stitch
Pick up 3R, 1B, and 2W and slide them all the way down. While holding the beads between your finger and thumb, pass the needle down through the second 1B that you picked up in the previous stitch. Pull the thread taut again.
5. Make the Picot for the Next Stitch
The next stitch will be embellished with a tiny picot at the bottom.
Pick up 2B, 1W, and 3R, and slide them all the way down.
Hold the 1W between your finger and thumb, and pass the needle back up through it. Pull the thread taut to create a tiny loop of three red beads (this is the picot).
Adjust the thread tension as needed so that as little thread shows between beads as possible.
6. Complete the Next Stitch
Pick up 2B, 1R, and 2W, and slide them all the way down. Pass up through the 1B at the top of the beadwork, and pull the thread taut.
7. Keep Stitching
From this point on, you repeat the pattern of chevron stitches that you just completed. Please click on the image on the left to see the thread path.
If you get to the point where you only have six to eight inches of thread remaining, start a new length of thread.
8. Make the Second End Loop
Finish your beadwork with a stitch that does not have a picot. Then pick up 1R, 1W, and 8B. Reverse direction and pass back through the first B in the 8B. Pull the thread taut.
Weave-in the thread by sewing back into the beadwork and making occasional half-hitch knots along the way. To minimize the amount of thread that shows between beads, be sure to follow the path of the existing thread (the reverse of the path shown in the diagram for step 7).
When you feel confident that the thread is secure, trim it close to the beadwork.
Thread the needle on the thread tail that you left at the beginning of the necklace, and use the same technique to weave it into the beadwork.
9. Attach a Clasp
With your beadwork complete and thread tails woven in, you can now use pliers to attach your ready-made clasp to the end loops.
Enjoy your new necklace! If you like this chevron stitch technique, you can also try this pattern using different color palettes.
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