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Herringbone bracelet - how to make a TOHO beaded bracelet

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Herringbone bracelet - how to make a TOHO beaded bracelet

Designed by: Magda

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We invite you to a DIY tutorial in which Magda Takaya will show you how to make a TOHO bracelet using the herringbone stitch. Although it may seem difficult, it's not, and the end result, well, rate it yourself! :) We love it. 

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TIP: Sometimes it is difficult to completely close the rings on the toggle clasp. If the rings are not tightly closed, your threads can fall through the gap and you could lose the entire bracelet. If your clasp is like this, we would suggest using Soldered Closed Jump Rings and then connecting these to the clasp of your choice.

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

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I start by threading and securing the end of the thread with my stopper bead.

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To prevent the stopper bead from slipping, I pass through it with thread two to three times. ATTENTION: I don't tie knots!

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I start to weave, which will be the basis of my bracelet, the so-called ladder. I take 3 TOHO size 8 beads and push them to the end of the thread.

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I take another 3 TOHO beads in size 8.

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I divide my 6 beads into 2 groups of 3, and now I pass the needle through the 3 beads I put on the thread first. I put the needle right behind my stopper bead. 

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Now I pass the needle through the 4,5,6 bead. We would take another three beads at this point, but ...

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… to strengthen the beginning of my work, I again pass the thread through the first three and the second three beads.

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Now I can take another 3 size 8 beads. Until the end of my work on the base of the bracelet, I will always take 3 beads.

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I slide the beads to the end of the thread, and with the needle I enter the bead which was threaded fourth in the order. In other words: I enter the other three previously strung beads from the side where there is NO thread. I thread the thread through the 4,5,6 beads.

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My thread is in place, so as before, to continue, I thread it through the added 3 three beads.

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I already have 3 steps for my ladder. Now the thread is visible on the "top" of the 3rd step. 

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I take 3 beads again.

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Now I go through the bead which is the 7th bead that has been picked up, or in other words, from the bottom of the 7,8,9 bead column.

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OK. I'm at the top of this column again. Now I will go with the needle again into the newly added 3 beads: 10,11,12.

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I now have 4 bars. Note: you need to tighten the thread a bit so that the bars do not come apart, but do not do it too hard. If you pull the thread too tight, your base will be wavy.

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Again I take the next lots of beads: 3 beads, and repeat as described in the steps above.

NOTE: To make a bracelet that fits a wrist with a circumference of 16-16.5cm I will make 49-50 columns in my ladder. So let's go!

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 My base is growing ... Remember: do not pull too tight or it will start to "ripple."

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The ladder is ready.

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Now it's time to assemble the clasp parts. To do this, I take 2 beads on the needle, size 11, 1 bead size 8, and again 3 11s.

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 Now pull the thread through part of the toggle.

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I add 3 11s.

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I go with the thread through the previously strung 8 beads.

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I add 2 11s.

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I enter the last column of the ladder with the needle.

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For the sake of reinforcement, I circle the thread at least twice over the beads just added, so that the handle of my fastener is strong.

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Done. I can move on to stage two: sewing on the herringbone.

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I have chosen 3 TOHO colours in size 11. Using the first colour, (for me it's lavender), I take 4 beads on my needle.

In a moment, I'm going to put the needle through the middle bead, in the third column of 8's.

Note: you can also work identically with 5 beads. I like the 4-way herringbone version.

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I take another 4 lavender beads on the needle.

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I move them to the end of the thread, I will pass the needle again through the first column of 8's, the one I started with.

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OK. I'm all ready with the thread on the other side.

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Now, not taking any beads, I pass the thread through another 8-m column from the bottom.

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I turn the work herringbone up. I pick up 4 size 11's of the second colour on the needle. I choose the middle bead of the next column (it will be the 4th one from the beginning).

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I thread the needle and thread through this bead, always so that my thread still comes out at the top, on the front of my base.

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I take another 4 beads of the second colour. I use the needle to enter the column I just left.

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ATTENTION: when passing the thread through the successive columns of 8 beads, be careful that it does not pass through any 11 bead, or catch it.

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Again I go down the column, without picking up the beads, I pull the needle from the bottom of the work. Look, I left column 2, I go into column 3.

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I am ready to start with another size 11 colour.

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Again I get 4 size 11 beads from the third colour I chose for my bracelet. I will pass the thread through the middle bead of the next column ...

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After picking the next 4 pale pink ones, I use the needle to enter the column from which I just left. I always do it POD with previously sewn beads!

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Another herringbone is ready.

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Without threading the beads, I keep going, ie I go through another 8-m column.

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 Again I get 11s - lavender coloured.

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Again, I pass the thread through the middle bead of the next column. You must never miss a column!

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I repeat these steps, and my herringbone grows.

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I have now finished the herringbone. In my ladder there were 50 columns of 3 x size 8 beads and so I am now 2 columns from where I started my work.

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I take off my stopper bead. I still haven't cut the thread left in front of the stopper bead yet.

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I take 4 beads of the 11th one last time and go through the middle bead of the last column.

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4 more, to the other side of the herringbone, back ...

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My thread is now in the same hole from which all work started. The piece of thread left behind the stopper is the one on the bottom, and the thread I was sewing was the thread on the top.

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I bind both thread ends twice.

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I pass the needle through the last 3 beads of size 8 to hide the knot.

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Now assembling the second part of my clasp. I take 2 x size 11 beads, 1 x 8 bead and 3 x 11 beads ...

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… I add the second part of my fastener, another 3 11's, and pass the needle and thread through the 8.

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 I am adding another two 11's. And I pull the thread through the last column with a size 8 bead, and as before, when I was assembling the first part of the fastener, I repeat the stitching through the fastener's handle several times.

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 I still have a lot of thread on the needle - thread it through the bottom of my bracelet base. Every now and then I bind half-completes.

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OK. My bracelet is secure. I can cut the rest of the thread.

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The bracelet is ready!

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