Basic Netting

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The basic netting technique is a simple bead weaving technique; great for a beginner or a more advanced beader. Varying the beads or the pattern in this technique will allow you to create hundreds of designs.
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Tip 1We used size 11 Japanese seed beads for this technique.
Tip 2Try varying the number of beads within the pattern (ie - instead of 2A, 1B, and 2A try 3A, 1B, and 3A or 1A, 1B, and 1A).
Tip 3When you have run out of thread, weave the end of the thread back into the piece to end it. Then cut the end and burn with a thread burner. To begin a new thread, weave it up through the piece and exit from the last bead. Then continue the pattern.
Tip 4This technique is shown using a single thread but can also be created by doubling your thread. This will make your stitch tighter.
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Step 1

For a basic netting design, choose two colors - a main color (A) and an accent color (B).

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about 5 feet long. Thread your needle. Use Thread Heaven to condition your thread. This will help prevent fraying.

Step 3

Add a mini bead stopper about one foot from the end of your thread. Squeeze the two loops to open the bead stopper.

Step 4

Add thread to the mini bead stopper and release the loops. This will help prevent beads from falling off your thread.

Step 5

Begin your netted piece by stringing the following beads: one B, two A, one B, two A, one B, two A, one B, two A, one B, two A, one B, two A, one B, and two A. This pattern will give you a four section wide piece. To widen the piece by one section, add two A, one B, two A, and one B.

Step 6

To make the turn, string one B and three A.

Step 7

Then to start the next row, string one B and two A.

Step 8

Go back through the third B bead from the end. This will complete the turn and the start of the next row

Step 9

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 10

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead.

Step 11

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 12

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead.

Step 13

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 14

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead. Rows 1 and 2 are now complete.

Step 15

To turn around and begin the next row, string three A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 16

Go back through the first B bead in the previous row.

Step 17

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 18

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead.

Step 19

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 20

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead.

Step 21

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 22

Skip one B bead and go back through the last B bead.

Step 23

To turn around and begin the next row, string three A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 24

Go back through the last B bead in the previous row.

Step 25

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 26

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead.

Step 27

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 28

Skip one B bead and go back through the next B bead.

Step 29

String two A, one B, and two A beads.

Step 30

Skip one B bead and go back through the last B bead.

Step 31

Repeat steps 14 through 30 until you have reached the desired length.

Step 32

Congratulations, you have mastered Basic Netting!

       

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