A Native style chain stitch.
Traditional Chevron chain is a variation of the netting stitch. The technique featured here uses two needles to weave an arrowhead style chain. To begin, you will need a length of thread that is 4 times the length of the desired chain, plus 14 inches. If you are making a very long chain, you can start with 3 times the desired length, and add thread once the second layer of stitching has begun.
Two bead colors are recommended when trying out this stitch. The traditional Chevron chain uses 12-bead loops for the base. To increase the number of beads in the rows, you must make sure that each base loop has an odd number of beads on each side, and that the second row beads can reach between each loop.
Two beading needles
A square of felt or other padded material
1) Thread a needle at each end of your beading thread. Tie a knot with the tag ends, around the main thread, so that the needle is secure. Grasp both needles with one hand, and gently stretch out the thread with the other hand to find the center.
You can also add the clasp or other finishing components by picking them up with the first and last bead loops.
Make the last loop larger for a loop-and-toggle closure by picking up more beads. You can add peyote stitch with the second needle for strength before stitching the second side of the chain. (Step 11).
Adding and Ending Thread:
To finish a thread, pick up one bead in Step 9, and stitch through the remaining beads in the current loop. Stitch across to the next loop, and down towards the completed beadwork. Re-enter the previous loop on the finished side, and re-trace the thread path for the chain. Tie knots along the loops if desired.
Attach a stop-bead to a comfortable length of thread, leaving an 8 inch tail. Stitch up through the last 3 beads from the previous chain stitch (Step 8), and the bead added in Step 9. Stitch through the third bead in the next loop, and continue stitching normally. (Steps 7-9).