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    • Beadweaving technique where you string several beads at a time, pass through the centre of the previous string to form a net. (PDF)
    • Geometric motifs are formed quickly by color placement. Color pencils are handy for creating designs on 3- or 5-bead graph paper.
    • 3-bead netting makes a tight netted fabric. (PDF graph)
    • 5-bead netting is great for collars because it is easy to increase and decrease (PDF graph)


Vertical Netting

    • String full length of beads per pattern
    • Vertical netting is ideal for collars because you create gentle curves by decreasing
       near the neck and increase with an extra bead near the lower edge.
    • Very easy and satisfying intro to beading.
    • Texture can be created by using different sizes of beads in mesh points.
    • See Fundamentals for adding thread and finishing touches. (PDF)



Netted Diamonds collar and article, Step by Step beads, Jan/Feb 2006. (r.) Textured Net



Advanced Vertical Netting

    • You can add lower edge trims as you vertically net every row.
    • It's easy to create 'V' by starting from front center, beading in one direction,
        then reversing beadwork. Continue second row following same instructions.
    • Sawtooth edges are created as you net in a certain sequence up and down.
    • Advantage: Keep on netting until you reach your desired length. Add clasp.

Triple 'V' Druzy incorporates the best of netting in one neckpiece.
The base is 5-bead netting throughout with novel beads set in place
as you next vertically.


Horizontal Netting

    • Ideal for bands and pendants.
    • If doing a symmetrical geometric design, you need to use a second needle
       to fill-in the edge on one side after you've netted the pattern.


Indigo Kilim. Published as "Ukrainian Netting" project.
Bead & Button
. Jun 2003


Tubular Netting

    • Once you establish the base, the net keeps growing 3 beads at a time.
    • Patterns are possible by picking up appropriate beads as you bead weave upwards.

'Ukrainian Patterns", tubular netting
by Olha Kril, Ukraine. 2019



    • Ndebele stitch originated in Africa. Also known as herringbone.
    • Beads tilt towards each other in pairs.
    • Start off with a ladder of an even number of beads for a base.
    • Pick up 2 beads. Go down the next row below. Come up next bead and repeat.


Ndebele Motifs

    • Color placement creates motifs.
    • Because of the nature of the two beads herringbone stitch, a simple sketched design can have many looks.
    • Play around with the repetition of rows of a charted design. The left one doubles ever row. The right has single rows. The center one is a combination  of the two.


"Beaded Pysanky Necklace"
by Iryna Berdal, Lviv Ukraine. 2014

Advanced Ndebele

    • Ndebele can be flat, tubular or sculptural.
    • The center portion of the beaded beads is Ndebele.
       The artist used some creative beadweaving to decrease and cover the oval form.
    • Ndebele is very strong because of overlapping threads in each row as the next row is added.



    • Beads sit squarely next to each other in loom weaving.
    • A loom is required.  It can vary in size depending on the desired outcome.
    • Long custom-made looms make it convenient to weave a long band and join it into a medallion or swag, as shown.
    • Other types of looms can be used for smaller projects. The loom weaving process is the same.


Loomweaving Basics

    • Pre-string the loom with warp threads.
    • For every row, two threads passes lock beads on the warp thread.
    • Increasing and decreasing are possible.


Loomwork Patterns

    • Any charted embroidery pattern can loom woven. It may stretch out with seed beads or flattened out with cylindrical beads.
    • Color pencils are handy for figuring out a design on graph paper for loom working with seed beads.
       Here are two sizes: 40x40 (PDF) and 60x60 (PDF)

Lucy Holley wanted to reproduce the roses in yellow. Here is her loom pre-strung with bugles ready for weaving the large diagonal rose section. 2015




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