Lessons in Bead Weaving: Stitch Pro Tips on Beaded Netting

Beaded Netting

Netting is a simple stitch that produces exactly what you think: little nets of beads. Think fishnet stockings, rope hammocks, or onion sacks. Here, I show you how to make five-bead nets, but you can work with any number in your own designs.

Materials & Tools

Size 11° seed beads
Size B nylon or 6 lb braided beading thread
Scissors
Size 11 beading needle

TECHNIQUE

Netting

TRIANGLE

Row 1: String beads in a multiple of 4, then string 2 more. Pass back through the second-to-last bead strung.
Lessons in Bead Weaving: Stitch Tips on Beaded Netting

Row 2: String 5 beads, skip 3 beads from Row 1, and pass back through the next bead; repeat across the row. Set up for the next row by stringing 1 bead and passing back through the last bead exited and the last 3 beads added in this row.
Lessons in Bead Weaving: Stitch Tips on Beaded Netting

Row 3: String 5 beads and pass back through the middle bead of the next net added in the previous row; repeat across (Photo 3). To turn the thread around for the next row, you can do one of two things:

Pass back through the last 3 beads added in this row (your thread will show).
Lessons in Bead Weaving: Stitch Tips on Beaded Netting

OR

Make a hidden turnaround by looping the working thread around the thread that connects 2 beads in a previous row and weaving back through beads to exit the last 3 beads added in this row.

Lessons in Bead Weaving: Stitch Tips on Beaded Netting
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 until you’ve created the final net.

Embellish

It helps to form the point of the triangle if you add 3 seed beads to the center bead of the final net.
Lessons in Bead Weaving: Stitch Tips on Beaded Netting