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Herringbone rope necklace and bracelet

Herringbone stitch creates a supple rope
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A repeating pattern of bugle beads and Japanese cylinder beads worked in herringbone stitch creates interesting surface texture on a graceful rope. Enjoy the rope as a necklace, or make a shorter version to wear as a bracelet. Finish both with a peyote stitch toggle clasp.

SUPPLIES

both projects 

  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12 

necklace 16 in. (41cm) 

  • 8g size 1 (3mm) bugle beads
  • 7g Japanese cylinder beads

bracelet 7 in. (18cm) 

  • 4g size 1 (3mm) bugle beads
  • 4g Japanese cylinder beads

INSTRUCTIONS

Herringbone rope

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FIGURE 1

1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of Fireline, pick up four cylinder beads. Go through them again in the same direction, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Align the beads to start a ladder, as in FIGURE 1, a–b.

2. Continue making a ladder with two cylinders per stitch until you have a total of eight stitches (b–c).

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FIGURE 2
3. Connect the last stitch to the first to form a tube (FIGURE 2, a–b).
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FIGURE 3
4. Work one round of herringbone as follows: Pick up two cylinders, go down through the top cylinder in the adjacent stack, and come up through the next cylinder (FIGURE 3, a–b). Repeat around the tube.
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FIGURE 4

5. To start the next round, step up by going through the top cylinder in the adjacent stack and the first cylinder in the first round (FIGURE 4, a–b). Continue in herringbone using cylinders (b–c), and step up as before.

6. Work the next round using bugle beads.

7. Continue stitching two rounds of herringbone using cylinders and one round using bugles until the tube is 1 in. (2.5cm) short of the desired length of your necklace or bracelet. End with three rounds of cylinders.

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FIGURE 5

8. Pick up two cylinders, and go down through the top cylinder in the next stack (FIGURE 5, a–b). Go back through the top two cylinders in the previous stack (b–c), and continue through the top two in the next stack (c–d). This straightens the two sets of cylinders so they look like the ladder stitch row at the rope’s start. Come up through the top cylinder in the next stack (d–e).

9. Pick up one cylinder, go back down through the top two cylinders in the previous stack, and come up through the top two in the next stack (e–f). Pick up one cylinder, go down through the top cylinder on the next stack, and come up through the top two cylinders in the previous stack. Go back down the top two cylinders in the next stack (f–g).

10. Repeat step 9 until you reach the starting point. Connect the last stitch to the first, as in FIGURE 2, a–b.

11. Secure the thread in the beadwork, and trim. Repeat with the tail at the starting end.

Clasp

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. tail. Pick up ten cylinders, turn, and work back across the row in flat, even-count peyote stitch. Stitch a total of ten rows.

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PHOTO A

2. Roll the peyote strip into a tube, and zip up the first and last rows (PHOTO A).

3. Secure the thread, and trim. Remove the stop bead, and secure the other tail.

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PHOTO B

4. Start a new thread at one end of the rope, and exit any bead in the end row. Pick up six cylinders, go through two cylinders at the center of the peyote tube, and pick up two more cylinders. Go through the fourth cylinder of the first six, pick up three cylinders, and go through a bead on the rope’s end row opposite the starting point (PHOTO B).

5. Retrace the thread path twice, then secure the thread, and trim.

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PHOTO C
6. To make the loop end of the clasp, start a thread at the other end of the rope. Exit a bead in the end row that’s in the same column of beads as the toggle connection. Pick up enough cylinders (approximately 27) to form a loop large enough to go over the toggle. Go through the fourth cylinder of the 27, pick up three cylinders, and go through a bead on the end row opposite the starting point (PHOTO C).
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PHOTO D
7. Retrace the thread path three times. If desired, work a row of peyote stitch around the loop (PHOTO D). Secure the thread, and trim.

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