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Bead Netting
Samples Part II

Beadwork April/May 2001
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Bead netting is lacy, soft, often undulating and has open areas between the beading.  Bead netting can be used to make jewelry, embellish clothing and other wearables, add to wall pieces and free standing art, for doll accessories and other ornamentation.  It can be worked up in several layers to build a mesh like appearance or create leaves and other natural shapes.  Tubes and spirals can be made with bead netting.  Bead netting is very versatile and easy to make.   Bead netting has been used for elaborate head pieces and as embellishment on book bindings.   Beaded chevron motifs are considered both netting and chains.

Generically netting has been called Lattice Netting, Lattice Work, Needle Weaving and Lace Filet. Many types of fiber and bead netting have identifying names in addition to netting.
Chevron - Also known as ZigZags and Chevron Chains
Netting techniques are very old.  The chevron motif can be found on pottery shards dating to ancient times.  The chevron motif is prevalent on glass beads of many cultures such as Viking glass beads, 900A.D; and Roman folded mosaic glass beads, 500A.D.    Old beads with the chevron motif are highly collectible and can cost hundreds of dollars for just one bead.  Beads worked with layers of chevrons are duplicated today in polymer clay emulating the glass beads of the past.  Throughout human history, the chevron motif has held symbolic meaning to people in various areas of the world, although not always the same meaning for each culture.  Today, through experimentation, we find new looks using old techniques.

Czech seed beads in Capri Blue, color 1, Matt Gray Iris, color 2, Gray Pearl, color 3
Delicas in Brown Iris #007, color 1, Semi Matt Silver Lt Grey Green #689, color 2, Lined Ivory AB #064, color 3
Size “A” Silamide thread, #944 Ash Gray or equivalent beading thread

Size 12 sharps or beading needles


Czech Chevron


Delica Chevron

For These Samplers

Use about 40” of single working thread and leave a 5” tail to stitch back into the sample.  Three bead colors are used in both samples..  When running out of thread, leave enough thread to stitch back in, thread a second needle, take the needle through a few stitches next to the first needle and make the next few stitches.  Stitch in the old thread and cut off the excess.  Also stitch in the new thread tail end.  Follow the thread path for each sample.  For chevrons, take the needle at angles through the piece rather than straight across.   Stitch more thread through the samplers for strength.

How to Make these Stitches

Chevron Foundation Row
10 bead start:  String four color 1 beads, three color 2 and three color 1, putting the needle back through the 1st color 1 bead to form a circle. String 6 beads for each additional stitch to form the foundation row.  String three color 3 beads, three color 1, then take the needle up through the 3rd color 1 bead on the side the needle is setting.  Pull thread taut.  String three color 2 and three color 1, take the needle down through the 3rd color 1 bead of those just added, continue alternating to the end, 10 Chevrons across.  The chevrons will set between one line of color 2 beads and one line of color 3 beads.  Count both sides of the chevron to be sure there are 10 “v” shapes and 10 inverted “v” shapes.
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Chevron Add On Rows

Continue with thread from the last bead of the foundation row.   String the 10 bead start, take the needle up through the first color 1 bead strung and then across through the next three color 3 beads of the foundation.  String three color 1 beads, take the needle down through the 3rd color 1 beads, previous set.   String three color 2 and three color 1 beads, take the needle up through the 3rd color 1 bead strung of the last set, and continue across.  The foundation row provides 3 beads for the top of this new row and requires only 3 beads added to complete that set, then 6 beads are added to create the next set.  Alternate with 3 bead sets and 6 bead sets to the end.  Alternate the line of beads between the chevrons, color 2 in one row and color 3 in the next.  There should be a total of three color 3 lines and four color 2 lines.
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Tip:  One row of chevrons makes lovely necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  Begin with a ten color 1 bead start. Follow the chevron instructions and add six color 2, then six color 3, then six color 1, alternate colors to for the desired length and add a clasp or join the ends.  Use size 8/0 beads and doubled thread for a more substantial piece.  Chevrons can be created using larger or smaller bead groups and in combination with bugles.  Take a look at the bracelet I made using this color sequence with Delica beads.

Resources For Bead Netting

Dubin, Lois Sherr, The History of Beads from 30,000 B.C. to the Present, Harry N. Abrams Publishing Inc., NY, 1987

Durant, Judith and Jean Campbell, The Beader’s Companion, , Interweave Press, Loveland, CO 1998

Goodhue, Horace, Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns, St. Paul, MN, 1984

Haertig, Evelyn, More Beautiful Purses, Gallery Graphics Press, Carmel,CA 1990

Huyghe, Rene, General Editor, Larousse Encyclopedia of Prehistoric & Ancient Art, Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, NY Poris, Ruth F., Advanced Beadwork, Golden Hands Press, Tampa, FL 1989

The Beadgang, (Cheryl Assemi,  Carole Sweet, Cathy Thomsen and Connie Bell), Beaded Obsessions III, Beadgang Publications, 2000

Wells,Carol Wilcox, Creative Bead Weaving, Lark Books, Asheville, NC 1996

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