Herringbone Rope Pattern by Jen

The herringbone stitch is also known as Ndebele stitch. It is most commonly made into a flat piece of beading, or a straight rope. Here is a tutorial to show you how to make it into a rope.


Herringbone Rope Pattern

Before you begin ...
Size 8/0 or 10/0 beads in two contrasting colours
Beading needle
Fine fishing line or thread
2 small jump rings
Lobster clasp, or other type of clasp

Time required: About 3 hours
Techniques: Ladder stitch, herringbone rope, stringing
Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1

Step 1:Itís easier to use 2 different colours when starting out, but once you understand it, and have had some practice, you can try it with one colour only.

Pick up one of each colour, tie the thread to make a circle, leaving a long tail to work the clasp onto later.

Step 2

Step 2:Thread back up through the first bead, and back down through second. Pick up one of next colour, go back through second bead, then back through the third bead. Pick up the forth bead and go through the third bead again, then the forth bead again. You will now have a row of four beads joined together. They may look a little wonky at this stage, donít worry about it for now.

You have just learnt to do ladder stitch!

Step 3:You now need to join these four beads to create a circle. Just put the needle back through the first bead, go back through the last bead, and back through the first bead. Now go through them all again, and again if you feel the need, and if thereís enough room in the bead holes. They should now all be sitting pretty evenly, and in a circle.

Note: The images will show the work looking flat, but in reality the work is round. You will be working from the top of this circle; the hole of each bead is also at the top.

Step 4

Step 4:Be sure the thread is now coming out of the top of a bead, it doesnít matter which one. Pick up two beads, the first one needs to be the colour of the bead the thread is coming out of, the other one in the contrast colour.

Needle down through the next bead to the left of where the thread is coming out of. Go down through that one bead, pull tight, and then go back up through the one bead in the next column.

Pull tight. Add another 2 beads, starting with the colour you come out of, and work the same way -down through the next bead, move across to the next column, and go up through the bead directly next to the one you came out of.

Step 5

Step 5:You will now see that you need to come up 2 beads, to get to the top. This is what you need to do at the end of each and every row.

  Beader Comments:
 Alyssa on March 30, 2014:
Thanks. Awesome illustrations that make it really clear.
 enie on May 11, 2012:
 joy muir on November 11, 2011:
such a great, clear illustration and lovely result. I'm off to continue my two-colour string. Thank you.DglSTG
 Tori on May 23, 2011:
That’s more than snebsile! That’s a great post!