How to make a cuff bracelet with TOHO beads - Flat Herringbone Stitch Step by Step
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Designed by: Paula Ziemska
TOHO beads provide countless possibilities. You can make almost everything with them. Today Paula Ziemska will help you to make a cuff bracelet using TOHO beads. She’s going to work with the Flat Herringbone Stitch which is very glamorous, yet very easy and pleasant to make. So, as usual – take your needles and let’s stitch!
Supplies used in this project:
- 11/0 TOHO beads, here: 4 colours
- 4mm Fire Polish, here: 3 colours OR 4mm CrystaLove Rounds
- Beading thread, here: KO Thread
- Beading needle
- Clasp (you can use a magnetic clasp)
Remember, the purpose of this tutorial is to help you to learn a new stitch. Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery!
Herringbone is one of the basic beading stitches. It’s simple but it provides lots of possibilities. You can make a bracelet of TOHO beads only or use other beads, the stitch can be flat or tubular. We’re going to focus on a flat bracelet with additional Fire Polish crystals (or any other 3 or 4mm beads).
Prepare a long piece of thread (the longer, the better) and thread the needle. We’re going to make the beginning of our work in a different colour – it will be easier to work.
String 4 TH 11/0. Pass the needle through all the beads strung twice to close them in a square. Leave quite a long tail thread – it will be used to attach a clasp.
String 2 beads and pass down through one of the square’s sides.
Pass the needle through the beads just strung so that the thread comes out of one of the beads. String 2 beads and pass up.
Pass down the needle and string 2 beads.
Repeat those steps until there are 20 beads on the base.
Now we’re going to make the main part. Prepare the rest of the beads.
String 2 TH beads and pass through the bead next to the one you exited.
Pass up through the nearest bead.
String 2 beads (I used a different colour here). Pass down through the bead next to the one you exited.
Pass up through the nearest bead.
Continue the same way till the end of the row. At the end of the row we need to step up to the next one. There are two ways to do that. You can pass through the last bead added (but the thread will show) or pass up through the bead next to the one you exited and then though the outside bead of the row (as shown in the picture).
Continue your work. String 2 TH beads and pass up.
Continue the same way until you have completed the whole row.
Step up to the next row.
Stitch several rows.
We’re going to add Fire Polish beads now. As you begin the new row, string 1 FP and 2 TH.
Pass through the FP bead. Then, as it was done in the previous rows, pass through the TH bead and pass to the next line.
Repeat that step. 1 FP + 2 TH. Pass through the FP and pass to the next line. The added TH beads sit the way to make it easy to add the following rows.
FP are going to appear every 3 rows of TOHO in our bracelet. So now, continue making your bracelet as it was done in the first steps.
As you have made 3 rows of TOHO, add FP as it was done before. Remember to pull your thread tight so that the beads sit nicely.
Continue making the following rows the same way until you have reached the desirable length.
Remember that the end of your bracelet needs to have the same number of rows as its beginning.
As you have made the desirable number of rows with FP beads, make the end of your bracelet with TH beads only.
Make the last rows using the same colours as at the beginning of your work.
If you want the end of the bracelet to look as its beginning you need to connect two last rows together. Pass through the last 20 beads with the thread only, as it was done at the beginning of your work.
It’s almost finished.
As the end of the bracelet is stable we can move on to the final stage, that is attaching the clasp.
Pass the needle so that the thread comes out of the central row.
String TH—the clasp—TH and pass through the nearest bead of this line.
Pass through the sequence just added at least twice. Repeat that on the opposite side.
As the clasp is attached, hide the threads in the bracelet, secure and cut the endings.
We have reached the end.
What do you think? I'm sure we will be seeing lots of bracelets made in this way now. Good luck!
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