1. Work the first row in ladder stitch (see “Ladder stitch: Making a ladder”) to the desired length using an even number of beads, and exit the top of the last bead added.
2. Pick up two beads, and sew down through the next bead in the previous row (a–b) and up through the following bead in the previous row. Repeat (b–c) across the first row.
3. To turn to start the next row, sew back through the last bead of the pair just added (a–b).
4. To work the next row, pick up two beads, sew down through the next bead in the previous row and up through the follow ing bead (b–c). Continue adding pairs of beads across the row.
5. To turn without having thread show on the edge, pick up an accent or smaller bead before you sew back through the last bead of the pair you just added, or work the “Concealed turn” below
To hide the thread on the edge without adding a turn bead, sew up through the second-to-last bead in the previous row, and continue through the last bead added (a–b). Continue in herringbone across the row (b–c). This turn changes the angle of the edge beads, making the edge stacks look a bit different than the others.
1. Work a row of ladder stitch (see “Ladder stitch: Making a ladder”) to the desired length using an even number of beads. Form it into a ring to create the first round (see “Ladder stitch:Forming a ring”). Your thread should exit the top of a bead.
2. Pick up two beads, and sew down through the next bead in the previous round (a–b). Sew up through the following bead.Repeat to complete the round (b–c), and step up through the bead in the previous round and the first bead added in the new round (c–d).
3. Continue adding two beads per stitch. As you work, snug up the beads to form a tube, and up at the end of each round until your rope is the desired length.
Work in tubular herringbone stitch for a total of three rounds.
- To begin creating the twist in the tube, work the next round as follows: Pick up two beads, sew down through one bead in the next stack, and then sew up through two beads in the following stack (a–b). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, adding two beads per stitch, but step up through three beads instead of two in the last repeat (b–c). Snug up the beads.
- Continue working rounds as in step 2 until your rope is the desired length. The twist will begin to appear after the sixth round.