Herringbone / Ndebele

Making a Herringbone Bracelet – Part 3

We’re down to the last video for making a herringbone bracelet.  In case you missed them, here are the links to the herringbone video part 1 and herringbone video part 2.

In this video I show you how to make the  loop part of the clasp.  And please remember, even though I only go through the loop twice, three or more times is better.

You can also embellish the loop it you like — peyote is a great stitch to use for the loop embellishment (probably my favorite, truth be told).

Making a Herringbone Bracelet, Part 3

Here you go, the last of my videos for this particular bracelet.  I have an idea for another video, on how to further embellish a bracelet like this — but that is for another day.

Meanwhile, hope you like this one, and find it useful.

(Click on the video to start it playing.  If you double-click it, you’ll see it in full screen.)

Making a Herringbone Bracelet – Part 2

I showed you in the video for making a herringbone bracelet part 1 how to get started with the herringbone / ndebele stitch.  Now it’s time to see part 2, which is attaching the button portion of the clasp.

I’m using a button clasp, but you don’t need to use a button, if you’d prefer to use a toggle clasp or perhaps a slide clasp.  I’m using a button because it’s easy, fast and have you seen the buttons out there?  There sure are some nice ones!

Making a Herringbone Bracelet, Part 2

So here you go — now that you have seen part 1, you’re ready to start putting on the clasp.  And yes, there is a herringbone part 3 video as well!

(Click on the video to start it playing.  If you double-click it, you’ll see it full screen.)

Making a Herringbone Bracelet – Part 1

Making a herringbone bracelet is actually pretty easy, and it’s one of the few stitches (in my opinion) that is just as easy to learn on size 11 seed beads as it is on size 8.

The herringbone stitch is also called Ndebele stitch, after the African tribe that is famous for using herringbone stitches in their work.  And of course it’s called herringbone because of the way the stitches line up, resembling herringbone cloth.

Making a Herringbone Bracelet

I’ve been doing a series of beading tutorials, and my latest is making a herringbone bracelet.  It’s a simple pattern, but I think it ends up looking pretty nice.

Now while I have used matte beads in green and red, that’s just for photography — the matte finish lets you see the beads better in the video.  Otherwise, I would have used different beads.

Herringbone Bracelet Video, Part 1

I neglected to mention in the video that you’ll want to use a comfortable length of thread when stitching.  I tend to use 10 feet of thread at a time, so I don’t usually have to stop and start thread.  However, if you use shorter lengths of thread, you’ll need to tie off your work with half-hitch knots when ending one thread and starting a new one.

Without further ado, here’s part 1 of the how to make a herringbone bracelet.  And once you’ve finished, check out the herringbone video part 2.


(Click on the video to start it playing.  If you double-click you’ll see it full screen.)