Showing posts with label Netting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Netting. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lace Chain Lariat

Another work from the book Netted Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald (read the review HERE). 


The necklace is quite simple. It's just flat netting all the way long. You can make it as long as you wish - it will depend only on how you want to use it. I wanted to use mine in this style:

Photo Credit: shopthebangle.com

So I made the chain measuring 53 inches (1.34 meter) long. It was a time consuming project, but I found it very relaxing because I didn't have to think much about what I was doing. 

I did the chain with C-lon thread size D and 40 grams of Czech seed beads size 11/0.


The book doesn't teach you how to finish the necklace or how to add any embellishment. I finished my lariat by adding a loop of 9 beads at each end. I also created simple fringes with seed beads size 11/0 and 8/0, 8 mm crystals rondelles, and large rose quartz chip stones. Because the chips are a bit heavy, I used illusion cord 0.20 mm. The fringes measure about 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) long.



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bracelet Weaves / Beading Challenge Reveal

Here's the bracelet I came up with for the beading challenge:


I made it using almost all beads I showed you HERE a month ago. I changed the color of three blue round seed beads and removed some of the green ones.

That was the first time where I was more focused in the colors I was going to use than in the pattern itself. Usually, when I'm creating a new design, I don't pay much attention to the colors. I will just think about it when I have the design done. But I'm pleased with the result of this new brainstorm process. I'll definitely try it more times from now on!


After shooting the video, I made another bracelet with some blue howlite chips that I had:


I used three techniques to make the bracelets: ladder stitch, brick stitch (increases and decreases) and double netting. The pattern is not difficult, but it was hard for me to show you on the camera how to make double netting with all those beads in different sizes and colors. So I'll recommend this tutorial for intermediate/advanced beaders, who knows well how to work with netting stitch.

The materials I used in the Blue/Green bracelet:
- Toho Hex bead, size 8/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Toho round bead, size 8/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Toho round bead, size 8/0, color: capri-lined crystal luster (#188); store
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Japanese round bead, size 11/0, color: light blue metallic lined crystal clear; 
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: topaz inside color lined green (#393); store
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: transparent matte lime green AB (#164F); store
- Quartzite chip beads, medium, color: green (dyed); Michaels
- Fireline 8lb, 0.18 mm, black;
- Magnetic clasp, 12x8mm, silver plated;

Black/Blue bracelet:
- Toho hexagonal seed beads, size 8/0, color: opaque black (#49); store
- Dyna-Mites round seed beads, size 8/0, color: opaque black; store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: capri blue silver lined (#25); store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: duracoat galvanized silver (#D4201); store
- Dyna-Mites round seed beads, size 11/0, color: opaque black; store
- Howlite chip beads, medium, color: lapis blue (dyed); store
- C-lon thread, size D, color: black;
- Magnetic clasp, 8mm, silver plated;



Check what the other participants did for the challenge:


Watch the tutorial HERE.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Book Review: Netted Beadwork

I was searching for books focused on netting stitch that could help me go deep in this technique, but I found only three: the Netted Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald, Bead Net by Heather Kingsley-Heath, and Mastering beadwork by Carol Hurber Cypher (this one focus on several different techniques, including netting).

To start, I chose the book Netted Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald. I bought it second-hand on amazon because I couldn't find any store selling a new edition. You can see HERE the list of all selling this book (used) on amazon. I chose one described as "used - very good condition".


In fact, the book I received was in good condition. The upper corner in the right is slightly crumpled, but I believe it was due to the delivery, because my package was smashed and soaked (it was a rainy day).  And the tags were added by me, to mark the pages of projects I'm most interested.

The book begins with  a chapter explaining how netting is a really old technique and how it has been used by different cultures like China, India, South Africa, Egypt, etc. Diane has an impressive collection of antique netting beadwork and she shares some of it in her book. Unfortunately the pictures are small, you can't see the details very well.

There are also 18 projects exclusively using netting stitch (flat, circular and tubular). I was fascinated by the different things you can do using only netting. I didn't know this stitch could be so versatile.


The projects are quite inspirational, in my opinion. And once you understand the basis of netting, you'll find that they aren't difficult to make. But I found some projects a bit difficult to comprehend. For example, there's a small one called "Rose on Netted base" that I'm not sure if I made it correctly. I didn't understand the instructions well, and the picture of the finished project didn't help me either. It may be just me, but I wish there were more diagrams explaining the steps.

Now, let me show you the projects that I managed to do successfully. The first is called pom-pom flower. The pictures below shows the front and back of it:



Next picture is a netted bead. I used Toho beads size 11/0, but they're big for the project. I think that 15/0 would work better (it would require some changes in the pattern, though).


Double netting bracelet:



I really enjoyed making the double netting bracelet. The second one I tried to make it reversible, so I could use it with either the blue or gunmetal side up.



But as you may have noticed, it isn't possible to wear it in both sides. I made a mistake attaching the T part of the toggle clasp on the top of the bracelet. I can only use it with the gunmetal side up.


There are other projects in the book that I want to make. Now I'm working on the Lacy Chain necklace. I'll post a picture when I finish it.

Overall, I would recommend this book for those who are new to netting stitch but are not new to bead weaving in general. The instructions aren't so easy to understand, some pictures and diagrams are not aligned with the instructions. Therefore, I believe that some experience with beading is necessary to comprehend it. But I'm happy with the book. It inspired me a lot and I think you'll see some new netting tutorials in this blog soon.

If you know other books focused on netting stitch, please share it in the comments section below. :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Netting Bracelet with Crystals and Pearls

Here's the first tutorial of the year! It's a bracelet in netting stitch with an embellishment on top.


I did a modification in the netting stitch because I wanted to create a symmetric design. In the way I did, the two sides of the bracelet are exactly the same. I did a kind of decrease and increase in each row to achieve that.

Now, when I made the bracelets I wanted something that remembers the winter time. So I chose the black and violet colors - I think they suit well the season. And I used transparent bicone crystals in the same colors of the bracelets to create an effect that resembles bits of ice.



The crystals look a bit dull in the pictures. I think that's because I used Chinese crystals. But in person the bracelets look very nice.


The materials I used in the black bracelet:

- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque jet black (#49); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, galvanized silver (#1051); (local store)
- Darice glass pearls 4mm, grey; (Michaels store)
- clasp 3-strand slide lock, 21x6mm, silver plated; store
- One G thread, black; store

The violet bracelet:

- Toho seed beads 11/0, tanzanite silver lined (#39); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, galvanized silver (#1051); (local store)
- Darice glass pearls 4mm, lavender; (Michaels store)
- clasp 3-strand slide lock, 21x6mm, silver plated; store
- One G thread, white; store

I also did one bracelet in warm tones of green and pale gold. It's a bit different from the other two bracelets because in this one I used only one bead as picot at the end of each row. Unfortunately I don't have any information about the colors of these beads. All I know is that they're Czech seed beads size 11/0.


I hope the tutorial is clear enough. Please tell me what you think in the comments below. And if you decide to make the bracelet, please feel free to share a picture of your work on my Facebook page. I'd love to see it! :)

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tutorial: Simple Netting Bracelet

At the beginning of this month I decided I wanted to learn netting stitch. I already knew the basics - I think I made one or two projects with netting in the past - but I never stopped to really learn this technique.

And I thought that would be nice to share with you what I'm learning. So you may expect a bunch of posts talking about netting in the future. :)

To start our journey, I created this very simple bracelet in netting. I didn't add any embellishment to it because I wanted to focus on the technique. But besides its simplicity, I really like how nice it stays on my wrist. I hope you enjoy it as well.


I made the tutorial with high quality pictures. The size of the original PDF file is 15.6 Mb. But I also created a compressed PDF file (4.8 Mb) for those of you who prefer smaller files. Here are the links for the two versions of the tutorial:

Netting tutorial - High quality version
Netting tutorial - Compressed version



The beads I used in the bracelets are Czech beads size 11/0. Unfortunately I don't have any information about the colors.

And this is another version of the bracelet (the first one), with a different clasp:


Please tell me what you think of the tutorial. :-)

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