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Great shapes in netted lace

Make rectangles and diamonds with an angular netting technique

As I experimented with this necklace design, I had a lot of fun concentrating on a few shapes I recalled from a long-forgotten geometry class. This easy netting technique will have you covering all the angles as well as creating a few of your own.


SUPPLIES

necklace 18 in. (46cm)
 

  • 200 2mm round glass or stone beads
  • size 15/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 10g color A
    • 10g color B
    • 5g color C
  • 8–12mm bead for clasp
  • Nymo D conditioned with beeswax
  • beading needles, #13
  • Liquid Paper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Great shapes in netted lace Figure 1 new
FIGURE 1
CENTER RECTANGLE

1. On a 4-ft. (1.2m) length of conditioned thread, pick up a color A 15/0 seed bead, leaving an 8-in. (20cm) tail. Sew through the A again in the same direction. Pick up 22 As, a color C 15/0 seed bead, a 2mm round bead, and a C (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Skip the last C and sew through the 2mm (b–c). Pick up a C and two As. Skip three beads on the previous row and sew through the fourth bead (c–d).

3. Pick up three As, skip the next three beads on the previous row, and sew through the next bead (d–e). Repeat four more times (e–f).

4. Pick up a C, a 2mm, and a C. Repeat steps 2–3 (f–g).

5. Repeat step 4 (g–h) until you have a netted strip with 19 2mms along the top edge and 20 along the bottom. End at FIGURE 2, point a.

Great shapes in netted lace Figure 2
FIGURE 2
ANGULAR NETTING

1. Pick up seven As, skip the last A, and sew back through the sixth A  (FIGURE 2, a–b).

2. Pick up three As, skip the next three beads on the previous row, and sew through the next bead (b–c). Repeat five more times (c–d).

3. Pick up a C, a 2mm, and a C. Skip the last C and sew through the 2mm. Pick up a C and two As. Skip the next three beads on the previous row, and sew through the fourth bead (d–e). Pick up three As, skip the next three beads on the previous row, and sew through the next bead (e–f). Repeat four more times (f–g).

4. Repeat steps 1–3 (g–h) until there are nine seven-bead points on the top edge and nine 2mms along the bottom edge.

Great shapes in netted lace Figure 3
FIGURE 3
DIAMONDS

1. Flip your beadwork over and weave through the last seven-bead point as shown in FIGURE 3, a–b.

2. Pick up seven color B 15/0 seed beads, skip the last B, and sew back through the sixth B (b–c). Pick up three Bs, and sew through the second B picked up (c–d).

3. Pick up three Bs and sew through the A at the tip of the next seven-bead point (d–e). Repeat four more times (e–f).

4. Pick up a C, a 2mm, and a C. Skip the last C and sew through the 2mm. Pick up a C and two Bs. Skip the next three beads on the previous row and sew through the fourth bead (f–g).

5. Pick up three Bs, skip the next three beads on the previous row, and sew through the next bead (g–h). Repeat four more times (h–i).

6. Repeat step 2 (i–j). Continue using Bs and complete the row (j–k). Repeat steps 4 and 5 (k–l).

7. Repeat step 6 until this section has six seven-bead points along the top and six 2mms along the bottom to complete the first diamond shape.

8. Repeat steps 1–7 using As for your main color to complete the second diamond.

9. Repeat steps 1–8 to make the second A and B diamonds.

10. Repeat steps 1–7 to make the third A diamond.

Great shapes in netted lace Figure 4
FIGURE 4
Great shapes in netted lace Figure 5
FIGURE 5
FINISHING

1. Using Bs, repeat steps 4 and 5 of the center rectangle until you have a straight strip with ten 2mms along the top and bottom. Secure the threads by weaving them into the beadwork, and trim.

2. Secure a new thread in the center rectangle, and exit at FIGURE 1, point a. Follow the directions for the angular netting and diamonds to complete the left side of the necklace.

3. Repeat step 1.

4. To attach the clasp bead, secure a 12-in. (30cm) length of thread in the small rectangle at one end of the necklace. Exit at FIGURE 4, point a. Pick up a B, a 2mm, three Bs, a 2mm, the clasp bead, a 2mm, and a C (a–b). Skip the C and sew back through the 2mm, the clasp bead, and the second 2mm (b–c). Pick up two Bs and sew through the first three beads (c–d). Sew into the netting and secure the tails. 

5. To make the loop closure, secure a 12-in. length of thread in the small rectangle at the other end of the necklace. Exit at FIGURE 5, point a. Pick up five Bs plus enough Bs to make a loop around the clasp bead (a–b). Sew through beads five and four, and pick up three Bs (b–c). Sew into the netting, retrace the loop’s thread path, secure the threads, and trim.

Great shapes in netted lace Figure 6
FIGURE 6
CENTER EMBELLISHMENT

1. Using the Liquid Paper, refer to FIGURE 6 and make a small mark on the fourth, tenth, and 15th 2mms along the top edge of the center rectangle. On the bottom edge, mark the fifth, tenth, and 16th 2mms. Then, mark the first and last diagonal 2mms. The marked 2mms are only a guide – don’t sew through them.

2. Secure a comfortable length of thread in the beadwork, and exit the vertical A bead above the 2mm starting point (FIGURE 6, point a). 

3. Pick up three Cs, follow the beads outlined in red on the diagonal, skip a vertical bead, and sew into the next vertical bead. Repeat four more times to reach the top of the rectangle. 

4. Weave through the beadwork to the first outlined bead on the next diagonal and repeat step 3 until you reach point b.

5. Weave through the netting to the vertical bead at point c and repeat step 3 until you reach point d.

6. Weave through the netting to the vertical bead at point e, above where you started. Repeat steps 3–5, sewing through the skipped vertical beads to add a second row. Secure the thread in the beadwork, and trim. Use your fingernail to remove the Liquid Paper from the 2mms.

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