How to Finish Herringbone Stitch Bead Weaving With a Brick Stitch Decrease

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Designer: Rachel Zaimont
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video you'll learn a handy bead weaving technique for finishing herringbone stitch jewelry: using decreasing brick stitch to taper the ends of your piece to attach a clasp.
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hi this is rachel with beadaholique to show you how to finish herringbone stitch with a brick stitch decrease so there are many ways to finish off a herringbone stitch piece of jewelry and if you've never done hair and gone before you can watch our other videos on how to do this stitch another way to finish that I often do is to use a multi strand tube clasp so in this piece I just sewed up from the columns of herringbone and through each loop of the tube clasp and I finished the bracelet that way and that's a nice way to finish the bracelet but I want to show you another way today and that involves using brick stitch to create a decrease on the end of your herringbone piece to taper the end so you can attach a clasp that has one loop so it's a pretty versatile way to finish herringbone and I'll just show you so class like this and it adds a pretty nice design element to your herringbone piece so here's a swatch of flat herringbone stitch it's ten beads across with five herringbone columns and since I just finished the last row my thread is coming out of the last bead on this row and we're just going to pretend this is a bracelet so I can show you how to finish it so the first thing you're going to do is sew up and down through the beads of this left row to secure it and you're going to do that by mimicking ladder stitch so the first row of your pairing bone piece you start with ladder stitch and it's a very secure stitch so we're just going to do the same thing on the other end to get the end of your bracelet nice and secure and so we're just going to sew down through the next speed up through the first bead down through the second bead again and then up through the adjacent seed down through the previous speed it's really just like ladder stitch and we have another video showing you exactly how to do letter stitch if you want to watch that but you can just follow along in them basically showing you how to do letter stitch without adding new beads and involves going up and down through the beads one after another to secure them and what you're doing is adding thread bridges where there weren't any before in this last row and it's just tightening up the end row of your herringbone stitch so just keep working down this last row of your piece making ladder stitch loops and adding thread bridges underneath this last row of herringbone so as you can see it's really tightening up your last row here so it looks more like your foundation row it's a really strong way to finish off your portion of herringbone stitching so at the end of this portion yesterday is going to be coming down through the last bead in that row and you want it to be coming up through that bead to start the brick stitch portion of this technique so what you're going to do is sew down through the end bead in the lower row in the previous row and then up through the adjacent seed and then up through the last bead in the top row and your thread will just disappear between those beads okay so now we're going to flip our piece over and your thread is coming out of the first bead in this top row so now we're going to start the brick stitch portion of this technique so pick up two beads and you can use any color you like you can work it into the pattern of your herringbone piece or you can use a finishing color it's really up to you and your design sense so pick up two beads and we're going to catch the second thread bridge in so we're going to skip that first thread bridge because that would start the next row with a brick stitch increase and we're going to sew through the second thread bridge because you want to decrease the piece so now so back up through your last bead catch that thread bridge and to tighten it we're going to go back down through the first bead and back up through the second bead and that just tightens it up and as you can see we're starting to decrease the piece we also have another video specifically on how to make increases and decreases in brick stitch so you can go ahead and watch that for even more clarity but so this is the beginning of the row and we're just going to keep sewing brick stitch across this row so pick up another bead catch the adjacent thread bridge and so back up through that bead and just keep going along the row pick up another bead catch the next thread bridge and back up through that bead so this herringbone piece is 10 bees across and in our first brick stitch row here we're going to sew 9 beads so basically going to decrease each row by one bead at a time and this will work of course with a herringbone piece of any woods you'll just decrease it one beat at a time as you taper the end with brick stitch all right last bead in this row catch the thread bridge and stitch it down all right so this is our row of nine bean so the next thing we're going to do is make a row of eight beads so to start the row again we're going to pick up two beads so through not the first thread bridge but the second thread bridge in your first brick stitch row and then back up through your second bead back down through the first one up through the second one and pull it tight to secure it and now you're going to keep doing brick stitch down this row one bead at a time on all your subsequent thread bridges and this will be a row of eight just keep working brick stitch down the line and so you have eight beads stitched in place laughs speed okay and now again I'm going to flip the piece over and start our third brick stitch row take up two beads so under the second thread bridge anchor those two beads in place and continue stitching brick stitch all the way down this Ralph and as you can guess since we've been decreasing one bead per row this will be a row of seven beads I'm using Yuki delicas size 10 oh pretty big beads all right so I've done the piece over and now we're going to do a row of six catch the second thread bridge anchor the first two beads okay so let's get your throat cut and keep going with your brick stitch alright and now we're going to do one more row or Row three is going to be the last one so pick up your two anchoring beads so get the second thread bridge which happens to be the middle of your prior row do your anchoring stitch and then just add one more bead in this room and the reason we're going to stop at a row 3 is because it has a nice middle point for you to add your clasp so we can finish our row of three thread is coming out of the last bead in the row I'm going to sew into the middle bead of the row down through my beadwork because I actually want to have my needle exit that middle bead in that top row of three so we're just going to kind of shimmy the thread around through the bead work down through the bead below up through the adjacent bead and out through the middle bead in the top row and pull tight here thread disappears and at this point we're going to add our cost so this is just a magnetic clasp I'm going to separate the halves and string the first half of the clasp and I'm just going to sew back through that middle bead and through the bead in the previous row below it to anchor it pull it tight and that clasp is attached I'm going to reinforce it actually to thread passes is better than one I think so I'm going to go back up to that adjacent bead in the previous row back out through the middle beads in the top row through the loop of the clasp again back down through the middle bead and at this point since the class is all reinforced I'm going to weave in my thread tail so I'm just going to sew back down through these rows of brick stitch and maybe do a couple of curly Q's of my thread just to secure it a little bit more keep sewing back down and when you think your thread is secure enough for the dent one more row when you think your thread of secure enough just go ahead and take your thread snips and cut it off all right so this is a pretty secure joy and that is how to attach a clasp to the end of your herringbone piece now on the first end of the piece your ladder stitch Row is already done because that was your foundation for the herringbone so you can skip the stuff where we mimicked the ladder stitch going around through the beads and just come out that first bead in your foundation row and start your brick stitch tapering to add the second part of your clasp and that is how to finish herringbone stitch with a brick stitch decrease you can find all of these supplies at beadaholique.com thanks so much for watching you

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