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About Chevron Chain Stitch
Edited by Lisa Yang
The chevron chain beadwork stitch is a type of netting stitch. It is also sometimes called a zig zag stitch. The names come from the series of V shapes in the center of the pattern. Chevron stitch is a relatively easy stitch to learn and works up rather quickly since there are multiple beads in every stitch. It is also a stitch that can look very different depending on the types of beads you choose in each section.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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The Sections of Chevron Chain Stitch
Before starting the tutorial, there are three sections of beads to each stitch of chevron chain that you need to be aware of. There is the edge, which are silver beads in this sample. There are beads shared by each stitch that I refer to as turn beads since this is where the beadwork turns to go to the next stitch. Last, there are the beads in the middle that I refer to as center beads.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Materials for Chevron Chain
Chevron chain can be made with a wide variety of beads. Once you understand the basics of the stitch, it is fun to experiment with different beads. The beads I am using for this example are 11/0 Czech and Toho round beads. While this can be made with any type of beads, I think round beads will work better than cylinder beads just because they tend to make prettier (less choppy) curves.
You can also vary the size and types of beads by adding 8/0 beads, bugle beads, even small crystals.
Begin by... stringing a stop bead. I am using WildFire bead thread. I recommend you use a fishing line type of bead thread such as WildFire, Fireline or PowerPro only because maintaining tension is important for this stitch. I tried a sample with Nymo and it was difficult to keep the tension tight.
My pattern consists of the following beads:
- Turn beads: 2 black 11/0 beads
- Body beads: 3 aqua 11/0 beads
- Edge beads: 3 silver 11/0 beads
With that in mind, to start the chevron chain, string a section of turn beads, a section of body beads, turn beads, body beads, turn beads, edge beads, turn beads and body beads.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Make the First Chevron Chain Stitch
Put your needle back through the first set of turn beads on your thread, going in the opposite direction. Pull the thread tight.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Adding Chevron Chain Stitches
When you pull the thread tight, you will get a loop under the turn beads. This is the first part of the chevron stitch.
To make the next stitch, pick up a set of edge beads (silver 11/0), a set of turn beads (black 11/0) and a set of center beads (aqua 11/0). These are the beads that you will pick up for each stitch for the rest of the beadwork.
Put your needle through the set of turn beads on the other side of the loop and pull taut.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Continue the Chevron Chain
Continue to add units to your chevron chain by repeating the same stitch - picking up a set of edge beads (silver 11/0), a set of turn beads (black 11/0) and a set of center beads (aqua 11/0).
Stitch back through the set of turn beads on the other side of the loop and pick up the next section of beads.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Chevron Chain Variations
The purple and pink chevron chain in this picture uses the following pattern of beads:
- Turn beads: 1 8/0 fuschia Toho bead
- Body beads: 2 purple 11/0 beads
- Edge beads: 3 pearl 11/0 beads
As you can see, there is thread showing on the edges of the stitches - something I really prefer not to see in my beadwork. That resulted from using Nymo thread and not being able to maintain tight tension on the stitches. I also doubled back through the edges, which I thought might make it better - but I don't... think it did.
Once you have made a single strip of chevron chain, you can go back the other way and add another layer of chevron chain to make a wider more interesting band.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Chevron Chain Bracelet
To finish the chevron chain, I added a loop and bead button clasp on the ends. Chevron chain can be used for necklaces, purse straps bracelets or other wide bands. As I was making this bracelet, I decided that this stitch will be perfect to make the body for barefoot sandals. Once I make that project I will be sure to post the tutorial here.