Ndebele Stitch

The ndebele stitch is one that I've been wanting to learn, but I just haven't gotten around to.  Well, I got my chance to try it out this morning, thanks to one of the video tutorials I watched last night.  And I decided to start with tubular ndebele.

You know what?  It's fun!  And once you get three rows done, it's pretty easy.  Actually, the hardest part of learning was that I decided to try the tubular ndebele stitch using size 11 beads instead of my usual size 8.  (And here's the reason -- I'm fast running out of size 8s!)

Ndebele Stitch

Also known as the herringbone stitch, this starts out with a ladder stitch as the base.  I don't know about you, but a ladder stitch with size 11 seed beads is a little challenging; I might have had an easier time had I used Delicas, but I didn't want to use Delicas for a learning experiment.

While there's no real claim that the Ndebele people in Africa came up with this stitch, it is something widely recognized as being central to their beading culture.  And although herringbone may describe it better from our point of view, I think using the African name is more appropriate.

If you haven't tried this beading stitch, either flat or tubular, I encourage you to try it.    And to make things a wee bit easier, here is one video, then the link to parts two and three.  Just as an FYI, in this video I am referring to it as the herringbone stitch (easier to pronouce than Ndebele, which I am sure to say wrong, lol).

Remember, the part2 and part 3 video links are below.  And they do go all the way through finishing the ends and attaching the clasp.

Here's part 2.  And also part 3.  Enjoy!

One Response to Ndebele Stitch

  • Mary Ellen Little says:

    How do you finish off this stitch. I would love to use this to make a necklace, but have no idea how to finish it off to put the closure on……………thank you for any and all help. I do like your videos, they truly do make things so much easier.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *