Beaded netting techniques have roots in many cultures around the world. It's incredible to me that vastly different areas of the world have both adopted this easy, versatile beading stitch as a part of their tradition of beading crafts. You can find beautiful bead netting in places like Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, the South Pacific, and South America. And what's even more beautiful about it to me is how each culture lends their own colors and patterns to beaded netting so that it reflects the unique flavor of that part of the world.
Beaded netting can be used to create magnificent broad collars, cabochon bezels, and a variety of components that can be assembled into handmade beaded jewelry. And shaped netting — like this hexagonal beaded netting tutorial — can be used for creating spectacular beaded pendants and chains!
- Seed beads: size 15, 11, or 8
- Beading thread, 6 lb. test
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
First Round: Use a comfortable length of single thread to string 12A; pass through all beads again to form a snug circle. Work 6 units (loops) around the circle:
Unit 1: String 10B; skipping 2 beads, pass under the thread of the previous round, pull snug, and pass back through the last 2 beads just strung. (Figure 1)
Units 2-5: String 8B; skip 2 beads, pass under the thread, and pass back through the last 2 beads (Figure 2). Repeat three times (Figure 3). To help you position each stitch, keep the working thread in place as you pull snug and pass back through the last 2 beads.
Unit 6: String 6B; pass back through the first 2 beads of Unit 1, loop under the thread, and pass through the first 4 beads of Unit 1 (Figure 4).
Arrange your work so that the thread is exiting the left side of the top unit.
Second Round: Unit 1: String 10A and stitch (as in Unit 1 of the first round) so that the beads are centered on the previous unit (Figure 5).
Unit 2 (side): String 6A and stitch between the second and third beads in the next unit (Figure 6).
Unit 3 (corner): String 8A and stitch between the next pair of beads in the same unit (Figure 6).
Units 4-11: Repeat Units 2 and 3.
Unit 12: String 4A and finish the round as in Unit 1 (Figure 7).
Third Round and Beyond: Continue each round as in Step 2, working 2 side units between each corner unit (Figure 8). The following round will have 3 side units, followed by a round with 4 side units, and so on as you add more rounds to your piece of beaded hexagonal netting.
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