Bead Along with Beading Daily!

Aug 23, 2011

I had so much fun participating in the Mirrix Weave-A-Long a couple of weeks ago that I've decided to have a Bead Along here on Beading Daily! What is a Bead-A-Long? A group of beaders get together (online, of course) to make the same project and share our experiences and ideas. And when we're done, we'll have a show-stopping necklace to show for it!

For our first Beading Daily Bead Along, we'll be making Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems!

During this Bead Along, we'll be making Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems, one of my favorite beading projects. I first saw this necklace in Beadwork Creates: Necklaces. I was preparing for my first-ever gallery show, and I needed to take a break from sitting in front of the torch for five hours a day, and I wanted something spectacular to wear to the opening! While I was looking for gemstone chips to use in the necklace, I realized that I had a few strands of these small freshwater pearls and a big tube of cylinder beads that matched them perfectly. For a little bit of contrast, I threw in some size 15o silver metallic seed beads to bring out the 1960s vintage silver clasp and I was thrilled with the results!

This was the result from my first version of Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems, using freshwater pearls instead of gemstone chips.

So here's how it will work: all you need to do is download your free copy of Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems beading project. Get your supplies and materials together, and on Monday, August 29, we'll start beading!

Here's the official schedule:

August 29 through September 5: Get your supplies and start making the netted part of the necklace using the gemstone chips.

September 5 through September 9: Create the plain netting on either end of the necklace.

Weekend of September 10-11: Add clasps and finishing.

September 12: Show off your finished piece in the Beading Daily forums!

As we work, we can post pictures and questions over in the forums. Anyone is welcome to join! This project is easy enough for a beginner but also provides a nice creative stretch for more advanced beaders. Make the project as it's pictured in the instructions, or change it up to fit your personal tastes. Instead of gemstone chips or freshwater pearls, why not tiny Czech druk beads or fire-polished glass? Or maybe, if you're into maximum sparkle, why not make this piece with Swarovski crystal rounds or bicones?

This time around, I'll be using white Howlite chips and color lined gunmetal Delicas.

I've already chosen the materials I'm going to use this time around! Since I've got an entire drawer full of gemstone chips leftover from when I owned a bead shop, I went ahead and chose two strands of my favorite white Howlite and some color-lined gunmetal Delicas to accent them. It should be a dramatic piece when it's finished!

Do you have a suggestion for a future Bead Along? Tell us on the blog or in the forums so we can choose a new project for our next Bead Along!

Bead Happy,



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TashaMc wrote
on Aug 25, 2011 2:28 AM

I love this idea - I'm four weeks in to a massive square-stitch project and could really use a short break, from square stitch and from chartreuse. Plus I have some strings of delicious fluorite chips just begging to be used... now to find some appropriate delicas!

Chibabies6 wrote
on Aug 25, 2011 5:18 AM

I'm in!  Looks to be an awesome pattern!

the4M wrote
on Aug 27, 2011 4:03 AM

In!  I made a variation years ago with burgundy freshwater pearls and matching size 15 seed beads.  I'm a very loose beader and my center tube collapsed - didn't hold its shape.  I think if I can't control my tension any better this time I'll capture glass pearls inside the chip netted segment,  I'll post a picture of the burgundy piece when I figure out where (lurker's first participation :-))  

jeriluvt wrote
on Aug 27, 2011 8:05 AM

This sounds like a great thing to be a part of, especially for a new beader like me!! As if I need another excuse to buy more beads!! :)

YvetteF3 wrote
on Aug 30, 2011 8:49 AM

I have a couple of strands of chips in my stash. I was just wondering if you really need the shape of the delicas or could you use seed beads and get the same effect?

on Aug 30, 2011 9:00 AM

Going to pick up beads and supplies tomorrow!

Lody wrote
on Aug 30, 2011 7:55 PM

Glad I found this Bead Along now... will dig into my stash tonight, I'm pretty sure I have the materials needed for this project.

patrish128 wrote
on Aug 31, 2011 11:44 AM

I am going to use turquoise chips and size 11 rust coloured seed beads

Mary AnneF wrote
on Sep 2, 2011 8:44 PM

How much Nymo thread to you need for this project? Thank you.

PLD2 wrote
on Sep 9, 2011 6:59 AM

Where do I get the instructions to start? I've been out of town but would love to catch up.