I have instructions for this necklace from the German crochet bead forum Perlenhaekeln. Sylvia, a friend of mine, forwarded me their newsletter at the end of last year. I like to have a portable project ready to go – and Beading for a Cure usually isn’t – so I opened it up to retrieve this twisted herringbone variation. The instructions are written by Ute Kluwe, and is a variation on the twisted herringbone by Leslie Frazier. It combines straight herringbone, with sections of that twisted herringbone.
It uses size 11 seed beads and 1.5 mm Miyuki cubes. I don’t have any Miyuki cubes on hand, but I have some tiny Czech cubes that I purchased years ago. They’re matte montana ab, a difficult color to find a companion color.
I love this Italian opalescent blue, but it’s too dark for the cubes. Also, these are 10s, and make the diameter larger.
This just isn’t very exciting. At this point, I’m hunting for a stronger contrast with the cubes. Which ARE montana blue, trust me — they look almost black here.
Yes! This is what I’m doing. It brightens it, and using the lined bead emphasizes the sections of twisted herringbone. Now I’ve got a portable project ready for when I want to bead away from home.