The lovely ladies over at the OTTBS facebook page inspired me to name this 'Fishtail', which I think makes perfect sense :D So, let's get started. I apologize in advance for some of the blurry pics, but i think you can still see what's going on with them. As always, if you have any questions or if anything is unclear, please let me know!
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- your favorite needle and thread
- size 11/0 cylinder beads
- 5mm bugles (I believe. The bugles need to be as long as two cylinders are high.)
- OPTIONAL: fringe beads, drops, or magatamas. even daggers would work and look nifty
- your favorite music
- an icy mojito or margarita- or three (also optional, but nice to have)
String four seeds on a comfortable length of thread. I like to use one 'wingspan', personally.
Go through all the beads again to form a loop.
Pick up two seeds, then go back down the two beads you went through in the last step.
Stitch up through the ONE bead next to the one your thread is coming out of. Don't stitch through both seeds, just the one.
(Of course, if you wanted to do it the other way and add a bead, go for it! I just chose not to)
Add two bugles, go down through the bugle next to the one your thread is exiting. (Don't go down through the seeds below it, just go through the one bugle.)
I like to call this a 'turnaround'.
Then, stitch a row of herringbone in bugles- five stitches.
Now we're going to do a 'turnaround' again. It's easier this time, because the herringbone gives you a little gap between the bugles that is easy to put your needle through. Put your needle through the gap between the first two bugles in the first row of bugles, as shown- then pull your thread through.
Now, stitch up through the two bugles on the edge of the strip, as shown.
Step Twenty One
Step Twenty Two
Step Twenty Three
Step Twenty Four
Step Twenty Five
Step Twenty Six
Step Twenty Seven
NOTE: The fringe bead is optional. If you don't have fringe beads or don't want to add fringe beads at all, just go back down through the next bugle as usual without adding any bead. It looks just as nifty without a fringe or drop as it does with. It's up to you :)
Step Twenty Eight
After you stitch up through the next bugle (the third one in this row) instead of adding beads, go back down through the next bugle without adding any beads.
Step Twenty Nine
Pick up two seeds, then go back down the bead your thread is exiting.
This is the same concept as what we did with the very first row of seeds at the beginning, but we're substituting the existing bugle for two seeds. I hope that made sense.
Step Thirty One
We're going to repeat step twenty nine and thirty here. Pick up two seeds, go back up through the beads added in step thirty, then go back down through the two seeds you added in this step.
Step Thirty Two
Step Thirty Three
Step Thirty Four
Step Thirty Five
Step Thirty Six
Step Thirty Seven
Your first fin is done!
Step Thirty Eight
Now, we add two bugles and go down through the bugle next to the one your thread is exiting. This is the same concept as our first row of herringbone at the beginning.
Step Thirty Nine
Step Forty One
And there you have it! Whew. I haven't finished a bracelet with this method yet, but I'm going to continue off of what I stitched up for this tutorial. I have a clever idea for a clasp, but I don't know if I can pull it off, so I won't say yet what it is. I'll be sure to post pictures when it's finished.
Fishtail Tutorial by Jet Kosanke is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
Until then, I'll leave you with this; my mother's kitty Jinx, sitting in his favorite kitty-hammock. I love love love his perpetually sleepy eyes :3
'Til Next Time!