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Add texture and sparkle to a beadwoven netted bracelet! If you know the easy netting stitch, you can learn to embellish it with crystals or other beads of your choice!
Beads for embellishing (We used size 15 seed beads and 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicones)
.008" diameter FireLine
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
Perfect End Thread Burner
Create a netted piece using the Basic Netting technique. We have used size 11 seed beads - a an aqua color for our main (A) bead and an amber color for our shared (B) bead.
Before beginning, make sure the beads you are using will fit into the diamond by holding them up next to the diamond. We used one size 15 seed bead, one 4mm Swarovski Crystal Bicone and one size 15 seed bead in each diamond.
Cut a 3 foot length of thread. Starting an inch back from one end of the piece, weave the thread into the piece leaving a 3 inch tail. Randomly weave through the beads and exit your needle through the first shared bead of the first row.
String 1 size 15 bead, 1 crystal and 1 size 15 bead.
Go through the next shared bead in the same row. Pull the thread taut. The three beads should fit inside the diamond.
String one size 15 bead, one crystal and one size 15 bead.
Go through the next shared bead in the same row. Pull the thread taut.
The last section of this row is only a partial diamond, so we will not embellish it. To make the turn to the next row, go through the two A beads and one B bead.
Go through the three edge A beads.
Go down through the first shared bead in the next row.
Go through the first shared bead in the next row.
Repeat steps 4–21 until you reach the end of your piece or run out of thread.
To end the thread, weave it back through several rows of netting.
Exit through a shared bead along the edge of your piece and cut the thread as close to the beads as possible.
Clean up the ends of your thread using a Perfect End Thread Burner. Burn or melt the end of your thread until the end is no longer visible.
To add thread, cut another piece of thread approximately 3 feet long. Weave randomly through the netting and exit out the first shared bead in the next open row in your piece. Repeat steps 4 through 28 until you reach the end of the piece.
Congratulations, you have successfully embellished netting! To add a clasp see our Netting Clasp - Option 1 Technique!