Chevron stitch is a great basic beading stitch. It works up quickly and allows for endless variations. You can use multiple colors or different sizes of beads to add interest or vary the width of the chain. Wear the chain on its own for a simple, elegant necklace or add embellishments for a more dramatic statement, such as the Mobile Necklace, pictured.
What You Need:
Size 12 beading needle
Accent beads (optional)
1. Pick up 1 main bead and go back through
it from the tail end to turn it into a stop bead. Pick up 7 more main beads and 1 accent bead. Then go back through the first 4 main beads, including the stop bead. (Photo 1)
2. Pick up 1 main bead, 1 accent bead and 4 main beads. Then skip over the next 2 main beads of the original circle and go through the next main bead of the original circle. (Photo 2)
3. Pick up 1 main bead, 1 accent bead and 4 main beads. Then skip over the first 2 main beads from the group of 4 from the last row and go through the third main bead from the last row. Repeat until chain is the desired length. (Photo 3)
For finishing techniques and more inspired jewelry, check out A Beaded Romance by Kelly Wiese.