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Herringbone stitch: Flat strip

Herringbone stitch flat strip figure 1
Figure 1

1. Work the first row in ladder stitch (see Ladder stitch: Making a ladder) to the desired length using an even number of beads, and exit the top of the last bead added.

2. Pick up two beads, and sew down through the next bead in the previous row (Figure 1, a–b) and up through the following bead in the previous row. Repeat (b–c) across the first row.

Herringbone stitch flat strip figure 2
Figure 2

3. To turn to start the next row, sew back through the last bead of the pair just added (Figure 2, a–b).

4. To work the next row, pick up two beads, sew down through the next bead in the previous row and up through the following bead (b–c). Continue adding pairs of beads across the row.

To turn without having thread show on the edge, pick up an accent or smaller bead before you sew back through the last bead of the pair you just added, or work the concealed turn.

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Basic flat herringbone stitch tutorial
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