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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Herringbaubles

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Herringbone stitch
  • good thread control

Pattern Description:

Herringbone stitch, rondelles, beaded beads in two sizes just by changing the sizes of the beads used - what could be better?

Both sizes of beaded beads are worked in exactly the same way, merely using a set of smaller beads to make the smaller beaded bead, and larger beads to make the larger beaded bead. This sophisticated shape is quite quick to make, and not too tricky. It helps if you know herringbone stitch, but it's not essential.

Just to be clear: to make the smaller Herringbaubles, use size 15, 11, amd 8 seed beads with 4x6mm faceted rondelles, and for the larger Herringbaubles, use size 11, 8 and 6 seed beads with 6x9mm faceted rondelles.

Each Herringbauble uses four rondelles and a small amount of seed beads.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • just under an inch or close to an inch and a half


  • size 15 or size 11 seed beads
  • size 11 or size 8 seed beads
  • size 8 or size 6 seed beads
  • 4x6mm or 6x9mm rondelles
  • beading needle
  • thread

You Will Also Need:

  • scissors
  • beading surface
  • good lighting
  • thread conditioner (optional)
  • magnifiers!