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How to create a Herringbone Weave Seed Bead Bracelet


Learn how to make a Herringbone Weave Seed Bead Bracelet with JewelleryMaker.

Learning how to make jewellery using seed beads has a very satisfying feeling attached to it because this skill creates such intricate and detailed pieces. The history of Seed Beads goes back over 4000 years ago with small faience beads being used in items of clothing in Egypt. Follow this step-by-step tutorial that will guide you through the process of creating a beautiful Herringbone style bracelet that you will be proud of. Use different colours to compliment your own individual style if you like and don’t forget to share your final pieces with us via our social media channels, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


Step One

Cut approx 1.5m of Fireline thread, add on the needle and leaving a tail of about 6 inches, feed on 1 x Superduo, 1 x 11/0, 1 x Superduo, 1 x 11/0, 1 x Superduo and another 11/0. Pass the needle through all the beads again to form a loop and exit from an 11/0.

Step Two

Add 1 x Superduo and an 11/0, then pass the needle through the top hole of the nearest existing Superduo, then through the nearest 11/0. Repeat around the loop and exit from an 11/0.

Step Three

'Step up' by passing the needle through the top hole in the nearest Superduo. Add an 11/0 then a Superduo and feed through the next available 11/0. Then look for the Superduo that is sticking up and go through the top hole (you should have some exposed thread at this point but don't worry it disappears in the next step). Repeat this step all the way around exiting from an 11/0

Step Four

Hold the tail and push all the sides upward to create a cupped effect and pull the thread tight (This is the start of the tube). Add a Superduo then an 11/0 and pass through the top hole of the next Superduo available, then through the next 'sticking up' 11/0. Repeat this all the way around and exit from an 11/0.

Step Five

Step up through the nearest Superduo and repeat step 3 exiting from an 11/0.

Step Six

Repeat step 4. Continue to alternate between steps 3 and 4 for each row you add until you have your desired bracelet length.

Step Seven

Finish the bracelet length with the 'step up' through a Superduo, then add an 11/0 and go through the top hole of the next available Superduo, repeat all the way around pulling the ends of the tube closed. Circle the thread through the last six beads a few times for security then tie off and trim the thread away.

Step Eight

Cut a 10 inch length of Fireline and reattach the needle. Tie off the other end to the bracelet by hooking the needle underneath the existing thread and tying a double knot. Pass the needle through all the end beads again exiting from an 11/0. Add 6 x 11/0s and pass the needle through one of the opposite 11/0s, then back up through all 6 beads. Do this a couple more times to reinforce your loop then tie off and trim the thread and hook a jumpring on to the loop. Repeat this at the other end of the Bracelet.

Step Nine

Add a Boltring Clasp to one of the jumprings, and add an extra jumpring to the other end to complete your bracelet.

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