Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Work in Progress: Herringbone Collar

When learning new beading techniques, it can be easy to get discouraged by the results of first attempts. The trick to mastering a new stitch is to keep trying - even if you have to walk away for awhile before picking it up again.

I have always admired curved herringbone weave, made with beads of varying sizes. Like spiral peyote, it’s a little tricky to get the hang of. The first few attempts I made with the stitch turned out horribly, so it’s been years since I’ve given it a shot. For my latest Egyptian Gods necklace, I wanted a collar with close-fitting stitches to imitate vulture wings, and herringbone was a perfect match.

So far things are going great, although it took a long time to decide on a palette and pattern. I wanted varying shades of blue, red, and white or gold, but they had to be done in a certain order to get the right curve. As usual, I was a bit limited by quantities.

Herringbone Collar in Progress

After stitching the first length of thread, I was a little worried that the palette might look too much like a Fourth of July banner; but I couldn’t decide on any alternatives that I liked more, so I stuck with it. Sure enough, after a few more rows things evened out and the collar took on it’s own personality.

Last week's rainbow rings turned out great, although I'm falling behind on rings again. I just couldn't resist jumping right into this piece, so I'll have at least 3 druks waiting once this necklace is complete.

Rainbow Herringbone Rings

What are you working on this week?

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  1. Is there a tutorial available for this technique? Your palette looks beautiful!

    1. I can't remember where I've seen project instructions, and there doesn't seem to be any online. Perhaps I'll put one together (once I get the dimensions right!).

  2. I too love the collar you have created . It looks beautiful . Cant wait to see the finished piece!

  3. I love your piece.I think it's the various sizes of seed beads used that made it curve, right? And you are also perfect in chosing and combining colours. It's really creative.

    1. Thank you! The curve is made with a very gradual change in bead sizes - a little goes a long way to making the beadwork curve, so it has to be a pretty small increase.

  4. What different sizes of beads are you using to achieve that curvature? I know basic herringbone, and think I could probably figure out curved if I knew the bead proportions for the curvature for a necklace.

    1. I'm still working on a formula that includes mostly 11/o's. I'll put together a tutorial once I find the right mix!


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