Get Caught Up in Beaded Netting

Sep 8, 2011

Beaded netting is such an easy beadweaving technique, and one that I think is very often overlooked or ignored by beadweavers in favor of beading stitches like peyote stitch or herringbone stitch. It's been a favorite of mine for creating supple but firm tubular beaded ropes for embellishing, but can be used for so much more! Beaded netting can be used for necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, components and even to make straps for intricate pieces of bead embroidery. If you've never tried beaded netting, here are a couple of easy tutorials to get you going.

The easiest way to use beaded netting to make a necklace is to do flat netting:

Begin by stringing a base row of 13 beads. String 5 beads and go back through the fifth bead from the end of the base row. String another 5 beads, skip 3 beads of the base row, and go back through the next. Repeat to end of row. Passing through the fifth, fourth, and third beads of those just strung, exiting from the third. Turn the work over and go back across the same way.

Of course, this is just to create a sample of beaded netting. To make a necklace using this technique, string on as many beads as you need for your desired length in multiples of 5.

Flat circular netting is a great way to create components for larger beaded jewelry projects, or for whipping up a quick pair of earrings. To work flat circular netting:

String 1A and 1B six times; pass through them again to form a circle for the foundation round and pass through the next 1B.  *String 1A, 1B, and 1A; skip 1B and pass through the following 1B in the previous round.  Repeat from * twice, then step up for the next round by passing through the first 2 beads of this round.

String 2A,1B, and 2A; skip 1B and pass through the following 1B in the previous round.  Repeat twice, then step up for the next round by passing through the first 3 beads of this round.  Work each round the same way, increasing the number of A beads as necessary to keep the work flat, and stepping up by passing through the first half of the first net.

And if you've been following along with our first Bead Along here on Beading Daily, you'll definitely know how to do tubular netting as we work our way through Linda Richmond's gorgeous Net Full of Gems necklace! (Even if you haven't been beading along with us, you can still download the free pattern and make the necklace using your favorite gemstone chips and cylinder beads!)

To get an idea of just how fantastic beaded netting can be in your beaded jewelry projects, you'll want to check out the Best of Beadwork: 10 Bead Netting Projects eBook. With ten of the best beaded netting projects from the pages of Beadwork magazine by designers like Marcia DeCoster, Maria Rypan and Melinda Barta, you'll be thrilled with how you can turn versatile beaded netting into beaded jewelry projects that will take your breath away! And because it's an instant digital download, there's no cost for shipping.

Have you checked out our Beading Daily Bead Along yet? Head on over to the forums to see what everyone is working on, and leave your suggestions for our next Bead Along in the forums!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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