Old Design, New Stitch

I came up with a crisscross necklace design earlier in the year for an Art Bead Challenge, using herringbone stitch. While I really liked the resulting piece, it didn't turn out quite as I envisioned it.

I decided to try again using similarly shaped stones from my stash and cubic right angle weave. Worked in CRAW, which results in a rope with supple drape but more structure than herringbone, this necklace is exactly what I had in mind!
Wish I knew what these stones are - the string is  marked simply "freeform flat nuggets," but they are slightly iridescent and change from gray to green to silver to blue with the shifting light of day. And the stripes in the Czech glass accent beads really are that magnificent blue!

The length is 16”, and it’s perfect as a choker, but for those occasions when I’d like it a bit longer, I finished it with one of my favorite adjustable closures, a design I picked up from Melinda Barta’s excellent Custom Clasps video.


  1. Much better structure. I love the look and feel of herringbone, but when I first learned CRAW I thought it would work well in shaped pieces.

  2. Hi:
    CRAW stitch makes it visually less dense and flat,than in herring bone.It gives more 'nobility' to the work and deepens its astism.Irregular pieces of gemstones make the bounds of goods here-the necklace looks more modern this way.Very nice work of Yours-beautiful colors.

  3. Beautiful, could the stones be Labradorite?