I’m so excited to be back blogging again! I’ve got SO many new ideas to share that I thought I’d start out with some detailed project instructions for this fun, quick weave.

I came up with this design at a playday at my dear friend Ann’s house, where I need to work on quick, easy projects or I don’t get anything done in the creative melee that occurs there monthly. NOT complaining; it’s just that some projects are better left to quite time in the studio.

We were nearing the end of the day and I was sorting through some beads and came across some 12mm bugles I had in my stash. I added some size 11 rocailles in a matching color, size 10 beading needle, and Sono thread. Here’s the result:

Start with a two-bead ladder, 4 rows long, using size 11 seed beads (rocailles).

Join the ends together to form a tube, and add another row of herringbone using the size 11 seed beads.

Now, work one row of two-drop herringbone, using a 12mm twisted bugle bead, two size 11 seed beads, and another bugle bead for each set of beads you stitch (two sets per row). Step up after the second set. Continue adding rows until you reach the desired length, and finish with a clasp.

I finished mine with a loop and beaded toggle, but you could also stitch on your clasp of choice. This beaded necklace was completed in about two hours – not bad for a stitched piece of that length!

These instructions are necessarily brief for this blog format, but I imagine a moderately experienced beader familiar with tubular herringbone weave will catch on and make this fun and QUICK project without any trouble.

If you like to bead with people and want to try this project, come by the shop some Friday night during Open Beading (6-9pm every Friday night) and I’ll help you with it!

Now, go bead something!