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Bead Netting
Samples Part I

Beadwork November/December 2000
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Bead netting is lacy, soft, often undulating and has open areas between the beading.  Bead netting can be used to make jewelry, embellish clothing and other wearables, add to wall pieces and free standing art, for doll accessories and other ornamentation.  It can be worked up in several layers to build a mesh like appearance or create leaves and other natural shapes.  Tubes and spirals can be made with bead netting.  Bead netting is very versatile and easy to make.

Introduction   Generically netting has been called Lattice Netting, Lattice Work, Needle Weaving and Lace Filet. Many types of fiber and bead netting have identifying names in addition to netting.

Stitch Notes  The circular flat netting sample begins with 24 beads, however, 8, 16, 28, numbers divisible by 4 can also be used for this type netting. The vertical netting sample is worked in groups of five beads followed by another color to indicate the division of these netting groups. These groups can be worked with 7, 9, 11, any odd number of beads, as long as all the groups are the same number.

For These Samplers use single thread, approximately 40" long as a working thread leaving a 5" tail to stitch back in at the beginning for each sample. For the Circular Flat Netting, 3 bead colors alternate with each round. For the Vertical Netting, the beginning strung beads and dangles are color 1, the netting is color 2, and color 3 is used to indicate where the netting joins. Stitch in all loose thread on the samples when finished.

Vertical Bead Netting   The sample begins with 27 beads that works into the first row. There are 10 rows and 5 bead netted groups that can be identified by the 5 dangle ends, 3 beads each in the illustration. At the end of each bead dangle, the needle will be taken back up, adding more bead groups and taking the needle back into every other color 3 bead to form the netting. At the top, skip 3 beads and take the needle through 3 beads before starting the next row. The next line of beads will be worked back down and the needle will be taken back through every other bead of color 3 to form the netting. This will continue to the end, alternating the beads stitched through to form the netting and at the end of the last row, the thread will go back into the first bead strung in the beginning line of beads. Hold the beginning line of beads taut to keep the beads from falling off while working.

Circular Flat Bead Netting   The sample begins with 24 beads in a circle, keeping the thread taut. Each round will increase by 2 beads in each netting group. At the end of each round, the needle with go through the beginning bead of the previous round and through part of the beginning beads of the current round. The needle will always be taken through 2nd of 3 beads, 3rd of 5 beads, 4th of 7 netting bead groups and so on to begin the next round. There are 6 rounds including the 24 beads.

Czech 11/0 beads: Crystal Blk Lined Rainbow (color 1), Aqua Crystal Lined Rainbow (Color 2), Matt Black Op(color 3)
Delicas: Lined Dk Blue AB #086 (color 1), Opaque Turquoise AB #164 (color 2), Matt Black #310 (color 3)
Size A" Silamide thread, #944 Ash Gray or equivalent beading thread

Size 12 sharps or beading needles

Vertical Bead Netting
worked in Rows

Netting Diamond Czech

Netting Diamond Delica


String 27 beads (color 1) for the beginning line, then:

Row 1 Working down, *string 5 beads (color 2), 1 bead (color 3), repeat from* 3 more times, then string 3 beads (color 2), 3 beads (color 1), leave the color 1 beads as dangles and take the needle back through the 3 beads (color 2) plus 1 bead (color 3) and out.

Row2 Working up, string 5 beads (color 2), 1 bead (color 3), 5 beads (color 2), take the needle through the color 3 bead in row 1 and out. String 5 beads (color 2), 1 bead (color 3), 5 beads (color 2), skip the 1st 3 beads of the beginning line and take the needle through next 3 and out.

Row 3 and all uneven numbers wil be the same as row 1.

Row 4 and all even numbers will be the same as row 2.

After stringing row 10, finish by taking the needle through the last 3 beads of the begining line in the opposite direction and stitch in loose thread.

To increase length, add more bead groups to the rows. To increase width, make the beginning line divisible by 3 and total an uneven number.

Circular Flat Bead Netting
worked in Rounds

Netting Round Czech
Netting Round Delica

Finish lst 3-set,
thread back to center bead

of 1st 3-set and begin 5-sets.

Finish last 5-set,
thread back to center bead

of 1st 5-set and begin 7-sets.



Make a circle of 24 beads (color 1). Come out of the 24th bead and go through the 1st bead again.

Now begin sets of 3 beads. String 3 beads (color 2) and go through bead on circle skipping two beads as shown. Continue around finishing last 3-set and thread back up to center bead of the first 3-set.

Now begin sets of 5 beads. String 5 beads (color 3) and go through center bead of next 3-set. Continue around finishing last 5-set and thread back up to center bead of the first 5-set.

Now begin sets of 7 beads. String 7 beads (color 1) and go through center bead of next 5-set. Continue around finishing last 7-set and thread back up to center bead of first 7-set.

Continue to increase by 2 beads for two more rounds, that is 9 beads around (color 2) and then 11 beads around (color 3).

Increasing by 2 keeps the piece flat. No increase will create a tube.

Resources For Bead Netting

Campbell-Harding, Valerie, Beaded Tassels, Braids & Fringes, Sterling Publishing Co., NY 1998

Durant, Judith & Campbell, Jean, The Beader’s Companion, Interweave Press, CO, 1998

Goodhue, Horace, Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns, Bead-Craft, MN 1984

Gray, Vera, Bead Society of Great Britain Newsletter #52, Beadwork - How was it made?, UK, 2000

Moss, Kathryn and Scherer, Alice, The New Beadwork, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., NY, 1992

Orchard, William C., Beads & Beadwork of The American Indin, Heye Foundation, 1975

Star, Vicki, Beady Eyed Women’s Guide to Exquisite Beadwork: A Netting Primer, Vicki Star publisher, 1994, no address or state indicated

Wells, Carol Wilcox, Creative Bead Weaving, Lark Books, NY 1996

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