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Rope necklace with slider beads

Add a focal bead to a herringbone rope necklace for an everyday piece

Use ladder stitch, tubular herringbone and tubular peyote stitch to create this basic rope necklace. Large-hole silver slider beads add a touch of embellishment. For the focal bead, we’re using the 2015 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead.

Get started with the first few steps of the rope in the instructions below. To view full instructions for this project, download the free PDF.


Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 1 2015 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead by Andrea Gaurino-Slemmons (
  • 6 8 mm large-hole slider beads (majorette,
  • 6 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB1851, galvanized light smoky pewter)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho P470, permanent finish galvanized silver)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho P470, permanent finish galvanized silver)
  • 1 11 mm box clasp with crystal inset (cyclamen opal,
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
Herringbone rope necklace Photo a
Photo A
1 On a comfortable length of thread and leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, use 11/0 cylinder beads to make a four-bead ladder (Photo A). Form the ladder into a ring. The working thread should exit opposite the tail.
Herringbone rope necklace Photo b
Photo B
Herringbone rope necklace Photo c
Photo C
2 Using two cylinders per stitch, work in tubular herringbone stitch: Pick up two cylinders, and sew down through the next cylinder in the ring and up through the following cylinder in the ring (Photo B). Repeat this stitch, and step up through the first bead in the first stitch (Photo C). Repeat this round until the rope is about 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm), ending and adding thread as needed. 
Herringbone rope necklace Photo d
Photo D
3 Begin a new stitch by picking up two cylinder beads, and sewing through the next bead. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, and sew up through the next end bead. Repeat this stitch. You will have two 11/0 seed beads positioned opposite each other on the outside of the rope (Photo D). Retrace the thread path through the last two stitches, skipping the 11/0 seed beads, to cinch up the end of the rope.
Herringbone rope necklace Photo e
Photo E
Herringbone rope necklace Photo f
Photo F
4 Sew through the beadwork to exit one of the 11/0s just added. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 11/0, a 15/0, an 11/0, and a 15/0, and sew through the opposite 11/0 (Photo E). Repeat this stitch to make a ring of beads around the rope (Photo F).

For full project instructions, download the free PDF

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