Getting the tension right

It is a good idea to work this stitch llat on a bead mat; that way you can see when the tension needs altering. Too loose and the thread will show, too tight and the netting will buckle. Another tip is lo try not to pierce the working thread that is already sitting in the bead, since this will result in the netting twisting and not laying completely flat

A simple yet effective netted choker.

Netting stitch

Although netting stitch became particularly popular In Victorian times, it actually dates back to ancient Egypt. This stitch produces a very open, lacy effect, and because of this drapes beautifully around the neck and wrist. It can also be worked firmly enough to make a tube. This stitch may be slightly more limiting than the others, but it is still very impressive.

Single or double thread?

One strand of beading thread is perfect for this technique. However, if you wish to experiment with

i Thread a long beading needle with 1 yard (lm) of beading thread. Thread on one black seed bead and slide it to within 6 inches (15cm) of the tail end of the thread. Bring the needle back up through the seed bead, creating a loop around it to secure it as the stop bead. Pick up two red, one black, and two red beads until you have 24 beads in total, including the stop bead.

beading tip

To nniure that the beadwork sits avanty when working netting stitch 'lo not pull the thread loo tightly.

2 Bring the needle back up through the 12th bead (black). from the bottom. Pull up to for™ the first diamond. There should be • black bead at all four points <* the diamond.

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There is ¡t blnck betid til the corner of each diamond and the needle passes through one of them.

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The central side bead of the diamond about to be formed.

/ fv.k up two red, one black, two red, one black, 'ind two red beads Thread back up through the middle Mark head of the last diamond ot the previous row.

8 As you progress, you will start to see the netting pattern emerge. Continue adding rows until the netting is the required length

4 Make one more diamond in exactly the same way as in Step 3, finishing the row by taking the needle up through the stop bead.

Pick up two red, one black, and two red beads, C i nt up five beads on the original row and ■ i'-ad up through the sixth (black) bead.

There is ¡t blnck betid til the corner of each diamond and the needle passes through one of them.

. Pick up two red, one black, and two red beads again. Take the needle down through the middle Mack bead of the last diamond ol the previous row.

Pick up Iwo red, one black, and two red beads. Take the needle down through the second middle black bead of the previous row—forming another diamond. Repeat to make one more diamond.

The central side bead of the diamond about to be formed.

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