Beadweaving Basics: Tubular Chenille Stitch With Border

♪ [music] ♪ I have to make a confession. I have fallen in love. Okay, it’s really y’alls fault
that I fell in love, because this video is to do the chenille stitch, and this has
been a video that has been often requested by you guys out there. And so I taught
myself how to do the chenille stitch, and I cannot stop. I love this stitch. Where
has this stitch been my whole life? I mean, seriously. So it’s kind of a mix of
herringbone and netting, which sounds kind of like, “Ooh, two stitches, it sounds
scary,” but you know what? It’s way easier, and it works up really fast, and I
absolutely love it. It makes for an incredibly flexible tube, but here’s one
of the reasons that I’m so over-the-moon over this. It kind of simulates the look
of netting, but what’s so different about it is that it holds its round, tubular
shape in a way that netting doesn’t. So when you do a netted tube, over time it
flattens down, and that’s kind of disappointing sometimes. I mean, it’s
fine, it’s fine, it’s fine, but I kind of prefer it to be rounded, for it to stay
rounded, and with chenille stitch it does stay rounded. So this is one of the
reasons why I just think that it’s so cool, and like I said, I just love how
beautifully supple it is. It gives us lots of options for designing. This particular
piece is done with size 8s, I’ve got a piece here to show you what it looks
like with size 11s. Let’s take a closer look, okay? So this is the one I
did with size eights, and you can see how beautiful it is. Here’s an idea of scale,
so to me this is like the perfect bracelet scale for a tube. Here is it done with
11s, which makes the diameter a little bit smaller. It also takes away a little
bit of the flexibility, but you still have enough that it will give you a nice drape
for a bracelet or a necklace. So I just think that this is… I’m just over the
moon. I can’t wait to start designing with this and creating some projects for you
guys with this particular stitch. So there are two ways to start the chenille stitch.
Today we’re going to talk about how to start it. Notice how each one of these has
a little bit of an edging on it, and today we’re going to talk about how to start it
with that edging, what I’m calling a border. So when you’re doing the border,
what you’re going to do is you’re going to create a little ladder stitch section
first to start your piece off on. So in this case, what I did is…you can see
that I did…this is six beads around, and I did it two high. So to create that
nice…if you’re going to do a border, give it a good statement border, so do it
two high at least. So that’s what we’re going to create first is this little
ladder section…ladder stitch section. I went ahead and added a stopper bead, but
because we’re ladder stitching, you don’t really need a stopper bead. You’re going
to pick up four beads to start out with. Pull them down. You’re going to pass back
through the first two that you picked up. I’m going to go through ladder stitch kind
of quickly here, but I do have an entire tutorial on how to do ladder stitch and I
will pop a link up for that video if you want to review it a little more in depth.
So I passed through the other set of beads that I could get to, what I’m considering
the outside edge which is away from the tail, picking up two more, passing through
the previous two beads, whoops, not catching your entire sample, and then
tightening down, passing through the two that you just added. So that gives us
three sets. So here’s set four, set five, and set six. So now we want to take this
ladder stitched piece and turn it into a tube. So we’re going to do my old
fold-it-like-a-taco. We can actually just get rid of the stopper bead. Okay, there
we go, and so this and this are what I want to connect. So I’m just going to
circle around those two sets of beads to connect them. So I’m going down on the
left side, back up on the right. I like to bead opposite my tail, so I’m going to go
ahead and do one more stitch so that now, as I go this direction, now my tail’s on
the bottom and I’m beading on the top. And I managed to kind of get that…there we
go. Get rid of that stopper bead altogether. So here is where we start the
chenille stitch, and the very first round, believe it or not, is just herringbone. So
what I’m going to do here is I’m picking up to beads. I am passing down through the
bead right next door to the one I was coming out of. Then I have to pass up
through the next bead. Again, if you need a herringbone tutorial, just a little
reminder of what herringbone’s all about, because I know I’m kind of going through
this part a little fast, I’ll pop up a link for the video I have showing you how
to do that. So we’re attaching these two by stitching down and then turning and
stitching up. So this will be my last two beads that I add on this row. Come on, Mr.
Bead. There we go. Stitching down. You will still have to do a step up, so this
is where now we want our thread, since the thread is coming out of the bottom of this
bead, we need it to go in the bead right next door plus get up to the outside edge
so we can add more beads, so that means we’re going to go through two beads that
time instead of one. That’s our step up. Okay, so here’s where we start getting a
little different. Next round, we’re just picking up one bead. You’re still going to
stitch down, and then you’re going to stitch up into the first bead of the next
set of two. You’re picking up one. You’re stitching down and then up. You’re picking
up one and stitching down and then up, and because now we’ve got the three singles
and we’re doing three stitches, that means we’re ready for our step up. So our step
up is going to be through that blue bead below plus the single gold bead that we
have sitting there along the top. Okay. So now we’re going back to the blue beads. So
we’re picking up two blue, but this time we only have to stitch through one bead,
because you’ve only got one sticky-outy right there. So you’re just passing
through the single sticky-outy, picking up two, pass through the single
sticky-outy, pick up two. You’re passing through the single sticky-outy. Look. I’m
filling in that last hole here. This is my last stitch. So I need to do a step up.
The step up is so simple now. All you’re doing is passing through the gold to
finish it and then through the first bead of the double that’s right there that you
just started this row with. Guess what? Now we’re going a single. So now we are
picking up a single, passing through the next bead of that double, so the one
that’s right there. So you’re splitting those two, and then you’re skipping the
gold bead that’s below and you’re passing through the next… I’m sorry, the first
bead of the next set of two. And see how when you tighten that, it tightens up over
that gold bead that was below. So it seems really weird that you’re jumping all the
way across that gold bead, but when you tighten your thread up, it cinches those
guys up on top of it. So that’s exactly what you want to do. So you’re picking up
one, passing through the second bead of the double, going across the gold bead and
into the first bad of the next set of double. Oops. Wait a minute. What am I
doing? I’m adding the gold. Yes. So I’m adding…this is my last gold stitch. So
we’re going through the second bead of the double, through the first bead on the next
double, and then here’s my step up into the first sticky-outy that I just added.
Look how easy this is. Okay. Now we’re back to the blues. Add two blue. Go
through the next sticky-outy. Add two blue. Go through the next sticky-outy.
Add two blue. Here’s my step up through the next sticky-outy plus the first bead
of the double. Now we’re back to gold, putting a single gold in between the two
blues, jumping across the next gold into the first bead of the next double. So
you’re just splitting those doubles and getting to the next set of doubles, and
then here’s my last stitch of this round, going across, and then my step up is into
that sticky-outy bead. So there we go, and it is literally just that easy. It’s
repeating those two rounds over and over again until you get the length that you
want. At that point, because we started out with a band edging, we’re going to
want to recreate that band edging on the other side so that it’s symmetrical. So
work on your length, come on back, and I’ll show you how we’re going to recreate
that ladder stitch on the other side. So are you as in love with
the rhythm of this stitch as I am? I don’t know.
There’s just some stitches that are more pleasing to do
than others, and I find this one incredibly pleasing to do, and I can’t
wait to be done filming videos today so that I can go home and do some chenille
stitch while cuddling with my fur babies and watching some TV, but first I need to
show you how to do the border on…the matching border on the finishing side of
your piece. So let’s take a look at the beads here. You want to finish your round,
your length, with one of the rounds of two, because when we came out of the
border on this side, we started with the rounds of two. So that’s what you want to
finish with on this end, and so now we’re going to switch it back to the gold
because I used the gold to make a nice, strong contrast border there. Obviously,
if you used the main color where…the color that you used in the rounds of twos
as your border, it would not be as dramatically in your face. Just FYI. I
kind of like to have that really strong statement of a start and stop. So I tend
to use the accent color when I’m doing the borders. So I’m going to do the gold, and
we’re going to pick up four beads, because remember how we want this border to be two
beads tall. And normally, like if I were just doing herringbone here, I would be
picking up two beads, but because I want them to be two tall, I’m picking up four
beads and I’m passing right through the very next bead, so like we did when we
were just picking up a single. Same thing when we were picking up the single, we’re
going to slide across that indented gold bead and then go to the first bead of the
next set of doubles. What’s going to happen if you pull…do you see…you’re
going to end up with two towers here, two by two. So we’re going to do that all the
way around. Now I’m picking up four beads in this slot. I’m passing through the next
bead of the double, coming across the accent bead, going into the first bead of
the last double. So there’s my little towers there. I’m going to do this one
more time. One, two, three, four. Pass through the next bead of the double. Then
here’s our step up, so we’re going to pass through …and I usually you have to do
this in two stitches. So I pass down through the second bead of the double to
attach those, and now, because I kind of have to get a better angle on this one
down here, the blue below and then the first two beads that I picked up there,
and now we’ve got these three towers that are not connected. So all we have to do is
connect these towers together to finish this. So I’m coming out the top of one
stack and I need to connect it to this stack over here. So all I’m going to do is
go down the two beads on this stack. So we’re just circling around these, and then
back up the ones I was originally coming out of, and now that connection is made.
Now I need to move over so that I can get to the next opening, so we’ll go down the
stack next door. I can connect these from the bottom. So we’re going to… I’m
coming out the bottom of this stack. We’re going to do up to the top of the next
stack and we’re going to circle back around again to connect those two
together, and then I just need to move over. We’ve got one more opening that we
need to close over here. So I’m just going to pass through the next stack over to get
over there, and then again, we’re just going to circle around these two stacks to
connect them. That and then like that, and there we go. Now your two ends match and
you’ve got that beautiful setting for your piece, and you know, especially when you
have the band there… I mean how cute would this be as it’s own little beaded
bead, and so you could string this on Soft Flex or, you know, Beadalon whatever
beading wire you use, put an accent bead, then do another one. You could do these
segments and use these segments as a design element, or you could do an entire
necklace and just have this at the back where you would add your clasp, but I just
think that this banding makes it a really strong design element when you’re looking
for a small element. So I absolutely think that this is one of the coolest stitches
that I’ve learned in a really long time, and I hope you like it too. There will be
a free PDF download that shows you the diagrams on how to do this stitch. So if
you’re more of a writer, you need a physical piece of paper, you can go to
Jill Wiseman Designs. I will pop a link up for where you can get that download, and I
hope you enjoy doing chenille stitch as much as I do. ♪ [music] ♪