Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beadweaving :: Herringbone Tutorial

A few weeks back my beady friend Linda Younkman and I were playing around with herringbone. I had pulled out these large square wood beads (size 8) to practice this weave. But I really like how the angled squares turned out in this pattern.

I was pretty technology challenged at the time as I was up in the Adirondacks for a break from work. I was trying to snap a picture to send to Linda, of which it took something like 20 minutes to upload to Facebook (insert swear word ... then multiply). Anyway, once I did upload Linda was game to give it a try. And as usual I got the BRB message as she high tailed it to her LBS .... that would mean she would 'be right back' after heading to her 'local bead shop.'  She pinged me later with her own stash of square beads and off she went to try out the pattern. 

And man, I love how she added a leather closure to her version. Check out her post called Needle, Thread and Beads, but don't forget to come right back because we then decided to write up a quick tutorial on this simple weave and show you a few closures and variations. I whipped up a second cuff, this time in reds, to show you a slide closure. You can check it all out in this month's Bead Chat Magazine, or read the full article on the BCM site. Either way, give this one a try for a quick cuff that feels really nice around your arm.

Oh, and btw (I'm just full of acronyms today) Linda's post (featuring several different beaded cuffs) caught the eye of one of the editors over at Beading Daily and they gave one of her pieces top billing on their recent post! Go Linda! bead on my friend.




12 comments:

Duni said...

I need to try this! Bookmarking for later - thanks for sharing!!

Pepita said...

This is great, Cynthia!!! I like herringbone very much, but I've always used the tubular one - and absolutely have to try this, now!!! It's working so fast for a beautiful result!
Alenka

Linda Y said...

Thanks for the share my friend, the inspiration and the tutorial. Your bracelets are just lovely and it's hard to pick a favorite. I loved the neutral black and cream and then you went and made one up in my favorite color RED. Here's to many more beading experiences!

Veralynne Malone said...

Ohhh, definitely going to try this...

BTW I sent you two emails the other day after your last post via your yahoo.com account, did you get them?

Memories for Life said...

Great pieces! And good idea to write the tutorial for the magazine. I do like Linda's leather closure!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Gorgeous bracelets - as are Lynda's on her blog! I am all into the texture going on here! However, gonna leave the seed beading to you experts!

LisaS said...

Wow! nicely done... the tutorial I mean. ;)

Magic Love Crow said...

Amazing bracelets! i agree the leather touch is very cool!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
The bracelets are beautiful I really like the red one. I am so glad you enjoyed doing the Herringbone stitch.
Therese
PS. I think Linda's bracelets are beautiful also.

Miss Val's Creations said...

These are gorgeous cuffs! Cool use of the magnetic clasps. Congratulations to Linda!

Caron Michelle said...

Such inspiration! I really need to break out and try new stitches! This looks fabulous.

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. That cuff is stunning.

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