About the Herringbone Heart Necklace
Hearts are not just for Valentine’s and this herringbone heart necklace design is definitely a classic style. It works brilliantly in metallic beads as it will mimic a genuine silver or gold necklace. Of course, you can always jazz it up in some different colours if you wish!
The herringbone heart necklace is made in two sections: the heart is created using tubular herringbone. I used clever decoration on this to make the trickiest part of the design a little easier. The decoration is made as you please and is perfect for disguising any slightly untidy bits of beading. Since I was aiming to create a pattern that is accessible for all levels, I decided to use another basic technique for the chain. This is a simple spiral staircase. If you are more experienced and you want to use a different beaded rope, of course you can do this. If you need to know more about spiral stitches, then this booklet will help – it details lots of variations. For other ideas to personalise your herringbone heart necklace, why not make a beaded clasp? There are plenty of ideas in my beaded clasps book, or you can actually adapt the pendant design into a clasp – just combine it with a toggle.
The herringbone heart necklace pattern includes full details of the bead colours I used. You can make this with any brand of seed bead, but just make sure you use the same brand for all your beads – here’s the reason why! Another important consideration for these materials – your A and B beads must be in the same colour for the design to work effectively. If you do happen to be looking for Valentine’s projects, then you can find more ideas here.