Twisted Tubular Herringbone Stitch



Combine bicone crystals with smaller seed beads for a herringbone rope that twists and turns designed by Linda Gettings

Take a basic twisted herringbone rope, add some crystals, and create a dazzling necklace that spins and spirals around your neck. Discover your own special seed bead and crystal color combination, or use contrasting colors to distinguish the different textures and emphasize the spiral.


[1] On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four color C 8* seed beads, and sew through the four Cs again, leaving a 24-in. (61 cm) tail. Arrange the Cs into two stacks of two beads (figure 1, a-b).

[2] Pick up two Cs, and sew through the previous stack of Cs, and the new stack of Cs again (b-c). Working in ladder stitch (Basics, p. 68), repeat three times, for a total of six stacks (c-d). Sew through the first stack of Cs and the last stack again to form a ring (d-e).

[3] Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, and sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and up through the top two beads in the following stack (figure 2, a-b).

[4] Pick up a color D 8V seed bead and a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, and sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and up through the top two beads in the following stack (b-c).

[5] Pick up a C and a D, and sew down through the top bead of the next stack, and up through the top three beads of the following stack to complete the round and step up (c-d).

[6] Repeat steps 3-5 to continue working in twisted tubular herringbone (Basics), following the established bead pattern, until the rope is 14 in. (35 cm) long, ending and adding thread (Basics) as needed. You'll notice a twist or spiral developing as you stitch.

[7] Work a round of herringbone, picking up two Cs in each stitch (figure 3, a-b). Repeat (b-c), then sew


• The tension you bead with affects both the size and shape of the spiral and the number of crystals you need. If you stitch tightly, you'll need more seed beads and crystals to reach the desired length than if you stitch loosely. The black, purple, and brown necklace needed

43 color A 4 mm bicones to make a 4-in. (10 cm) rope, while 4 in. (10 cm) of the blue and gold necklace required 64 color A 4 mm bicones.

• As I was stitching the blue and gold necklace, I noticed that my thread was very visible. To hide the thread, I added 15 "s between the crystals and between the crystals and seed beads (in the center of each stitch or between stitches), and worked each stitch as though it only had two beads. - Lesley through the last two rounds again, using a ladder stitch thread path (c-d). If your thread is shorter than 24 in. (61 cm), end the thread and add a new one. [8] Pick up 16 4-8 mm accent beads, five 11" seed beads, half of the clasp, and five 1 l"s, and sew back through the accent beads (photo a). Sew down through a C on the end of the herringbone rope, and up through the next C (photo b). Retrace the thread path through the accent beads and clasp, and end the thread in the herringbone rope. Repeat on the other end of the rope with the other half of the clasp.o

The directions here are for the black, purple, and brown necklace. If you like the tighter spiral of the purple, red, and green necklace, combine 3 mm bicones and 11" seed beads. Want to add even more sparkle? Try using a 3 mm round crystal between your 4 mm bicones, as in the blue and gold necklace. For a complete list of the colors used, check out the Resource Guide at

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Linda Gettings is a jewelry designer who teaches beading in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is the author of the book Great Beaded Gifts. Contact Linda at [email protected].

materials necklace 20'A In. (52.1 cm), including a 14-in. (36 cm) rope

• 150* 4 mm bicone crystals in each of 2 colors: A. B

' See the Editor's notes for information on the number of beads used in this necklace.

For a contrasting color scheme that brings out the curves of the necklace, try a triad like the red, purple, and green necklace, or accent a range of blues with a contrasting metallic neutral, like gold.

Linda Gettings is a jewelry designer who teaches beading in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is the author of the book Great Beaded Gifts. Contact Linda at [email protected].

Peyote Stitch Tutorial

designed by Jessica Fehrmann

Long strands fringed with crystals can be wrapped and worn in a variety of ways.

designed by Jessica Fehrmann


Combine a variety of techniques for an exquisite showpiece

Long strands fringed with crystals can be wrapped and worn in a variety of ways.

materials lariat 56 in. (1.4 m) with 2%-in. (6.4 cm) centerpiece

• 32-44 3-8 mm cube, round, and bicone crystals, in 1-4 colors

• 20-40 4 mm bicone crystals

• 12 g 11C cylinder beads

• nylon beading thread or Fireline 4 lb. test

• chainnose pliers

• roundnose pfiers

With two long strands featuring stitching, stringing, and basic wirework, this lariat is fun to make and fun to wear. Crystal rivolis, bicones, cubes, and rounds add color and sparkle in a blend of sizes.



[1] On 20 in. (51 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead (Basics, p. 68), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 46 11« cylinder beads, and work in tubular peyotc to bezel the 18 mm rivoli (Basics), stitching a total of four rounds with cylinder beads with two rounds of 15° seed beads on each side. Do not end the working thread or tail.

[2] Repeat step 1 to bezel the 14 mm rivoli, but pick up 36 cylinders to start the bezel.

[3] On 24 in. (61 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

Pick up an alternating pattern of a 15" and a cylinder 28 times, and sew through the first 15" again to form a ring. Working in tubular peyotc, stitch two rounds using 15° seed beads, and four rounds using cylinder beads. Zip up (Basics) the edges to form a circular tube. [4] Remove the stop beads, and use the working threads and/or tails to stitch the three components together, as follows: Exit a cylinder in one of the two center rounds on the 14 mm rivoli, and sew through a cylinder in the corresponding round on the 18 mm rivoli (photo a). Sew through the next cylinder, turn, and sew through the adjacent cylinder (photo b), and back

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For added sparkle, you can incorporate crystals into the embellished crossweave ropes. Simply replace a few seed beads with small (2-4 mm) crystals as you stitch the outer loops.

through the first cylinder on the 18 mm and the cylinder on the 14 mm. Sew through the next cylinder in the round on the 18 mm (photo c), and repeat the turn. Repeat this join to connect the 18 mm rivoli to the ring made in step 3, aligning the three components. End all the threads (Basics).

Embellished ropes

[1] Find the cylinder bead in one of the center rounds on the 14 mm rivoli that is opposite the join with the 18 mm rivoli. Center this bead on a 3-yd.

(2.7 mm) length of thread with a needle on each end.

[2] Pick up a cylinder with one needle, and cross the other thread through it (photo d). Pull snug. Continue in cross-weave technique (Basics) to make a ladder of cylinders 14 in. (36 cm) long. Do not end the threads.

[3] Repeat steps I and 2 to make a second ladder 16 in. (41 cm) long.

[4] Add a comfortable length of thread (Basics) to the 14 mm rivoli bezel, and exit the first cylinder in a ladder. Pick up four 15°s, skip a cylinder in the ladder, and sew through the next cylinder in the same direction (figure 1).

[5] Turn the rope over, pick up three 13v seed beads, and sew through the cylinder below the one your thread is color ^ note M

Wlten combining so many techniques and textures in one piece. ki note Mt i, s wise 10 keep ,he cotors ^the 83016 family. Here, melow Rk ^gf purples meet a hint of teal for a necklace tliat showcases the range of tones in its lovely crystals and rivolis without being garish. On p. 52. sandy neutrals are highlighted by flashes of pink, copper, and orange for a slightly brighter effect.

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