|Inspired by Amethyst colored rhinestones, here is a beading tutorial in lavender, cream and brown. Using Herringbone Beading Technique, weave your way up, enclosing the rhinestones in square patterns.
It may look like the rhinestones are sewn or weaved on top of the bracelet as an embellishment, but they are actually weaved within the bracelet. The square pattern is also seen in courtyards, Victorian and English gardens. Shades of violets and lavenders are also considered as Royal colors and so I’ve picked the name, Royal Gardens.
I hope you will have fun following this free Herringbone Beading Technique tutorial. You may choose your own color scheme if you like. Let’s start!
This is the full pattern of the bracelet. The fringe on the sides is not included on this pattern. Follow this pattern to know the order of colors to weave. Since seed beads are quite small, using graphs, row by row I’ll show you how to weave the bracelet. Please refer to the colors of seed beads on the materials list.
|Step 1: Ladder Stitch base
Cut a long thread that you can comfortably handle. String 2(A) and in clockwise direction go back into the beads 2x and then out the 2nd (A).
|Coming out of the 2md (A), string 1(A) and this time in counter-clockwise direction go back into 2nd (A) and then out the 3rd (A) that you just added.|
|Then weave in clockwise direction as you add another (A).|
|Continue weaving counter-clockwise and clockwise directions until you have 10(A). After weaving the last (A), weave back through the beads again to strengthen the strip of Ladder Stitch. Now, you have the 1st column as your base.|
|Step 2: Flat Herringbone Stitch
Refer to the pattern for the colors of beads. String 2(A), come down into the 2nd (A) from the base and out the 3rd (A).
|Repeat previous step, adding 2(A) at a time until you reach the other end.|
|This is how it should look like with beads. Looking closely you’d see that the beads are slightly slanted. This is how beads are positioned when you stitch with herringbone. You now have 2 rows – 1st is the base and the 2nd is the herringbone stitch you just did on Step 2. You also have 10 columns of beads on each row.|
|Step 3: Step-up
This part is not shown on the pattern. Your thread is now coming out (A) from the 1st row. Pick up 1(B) and going upward.
Refer to the pattern again for the 3rd row. Coming out the last (A) on your right side after your step-up, string 2(A). Come down the 2nd row and going left, pass the next (A). String 2(B) and repeat the same weaving pattern, following the pattern of colors until you reach the other end.
|Then repeat Step 3 for the step-up. This is how it should look like.|
Refer to the pattern for the 4th row. String 2(A). Come down the 3rd row and going right, pass the next (B). Continue weaving, following the order of colors shown on the pattern
When you reach the other end, repeat Step 3 for the step-up. Follow the pattern of colors again and then continue to weave going left, but stop after 4 columns. Skip 2(A) from the 4th row by simply passing the thread without adding any beads.
|After skipping 2(A) from the 4th row, follow the pattern again of colors and repeat Step 3 for the step-up so your thread is in a position to start the 6th row. This is what it looks like.|
You are now on 6th row. Refer to the pattern of colors and weave 4 columns then skip 2(A) again from the 4th row.
|After skipping 2(A) from 4th row, going up, pass the next (A) from 4th row. Still going up, continue to pass (A) from the 5th row and then follow the pattern of colors to complete the 6th row. Don’t forget to do a step-up once you reach the end of the row.|
|Step 8: Attaching the sew-on rhinestone
The sew-on rhinestone has 4 holes, 1 on each side. I have inserted a needle to show you the 4 holes.
|To continue, repeat the herringbone weaving pattern. After weaving 4 columns on your 7th row, string your sew-on rhinestone. The size of the rhinestone, equal to 4 seed beads and should fit into the space. After stringing the rhinestone, have your thread come out (A) from the 6th row.|
|Now, complete your 7th row.|
Start your 8th row by weaving the first 4 columns. Refer to the pattern.
|To fill in the space above the rhinestone, string 1(A), 1(C), 1(C) and 1(A). Going downward, pass the thread into the rhinestone and out through the 2(A) just below the rhinestone. Continue to go upward and back into the rhinestone. Pass through 1(A), 1(C), 1(C) and 1(A) again you just added. Finally, have your thread come out 1(A) from the 7th row and then complete your 8th row.|
Continue weaving with herringbone stitch and complete the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th rows. Remember to do a step-up after reaching the end of the row.
Here we have completed 12 rows. The 13th row is the part where you need to weave the rhinestone so repeat Step 6 – 9 to complete 13th – 16th rows. Then repeat Step 10 to complete 17th – 20th rows and so on and so forth until you reach your desired length.
Now you are about to end the bracelet. When you reached your very last row, either you ended up on your left or right side, pass the thread back through the beads on the last row, using the Ladder Stitch technique you did on Step 1, your base.
|This is how it looks at the back.|
|Step 13: Attaching the clasp
Depending on how you ended your bracelet you may come out either your right or left side. Just reverse the weaving direction. In this case, the thread is on the right side. After securing the last row with Ladder Stitch have your thread come out the 2nd column from the last row. The bar clasp has 4 loops and have your thread pass through the last loop.
|Going left, pass the next (A) and pull. Now you have the loop lying on top, in between the 2nd and 3rd columns from the right|
Still going left, pass the thread into the next (A) and pull. Then pass the thread into the 2nd loop of the clasp and into the next (A). Pull the thread.
|Do the same for the other loops until you attach all loops into the beads’ edges.|
Once you reach the other side, in this case, the left side, pass the thread into several beads until you come out the 2nd column from the left. Repeat Step 13-14 this time going to the right. When finished, secure your thread and then cut. Cut another thread. Repeat Step 13-15 for the other end.
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