This time around, our main stitch was netting and we had a choice of three other stitches: spiral, chevron and chenille.
This was a hard challenge for me. I rarely use netting and I wasn't sure where to start.
I tried to bezel a rivoli with netting. Unfortunately, I started with 46 beads, which put me at 23 beads around the outside. An odd number of beads doesn't always work. I ended up looping the beads a second time to come out even.
So, the netting didn't work out as I had intended. It still looks nice, though.
I thought about making a netted base for my pendant, but remembered this tutorial by Nancy Dale. Nancy's Trellis Necklace was one of our Beading Babes projects a few years ago. I have wanted to make another for some time and this was a perfect opportunity.
Nancy's design starts with a right angle weave base, then adds a netted overlay. The result is a gorgeous rope. It take a bit longer to bead, but it's so luxurious that it's more than worth the time.
If you haven't looked at Nancy's tutorial, run to her shop. She offers many other gorgeous tutorials in addition to the Trellis Necklace.
I love how it turned out. I wouldn't normally gravitate to blue and purple, but it works so well.
I wanted to try another stitch as well, and found a design by Yvanne Ham that used 4mm beads in a chevron chain. Yvanne's "Chevron Chain with Flowers" was published in the April 2007 issue of Bead and Button.
Looking at the bracelet, I would never have guessed chevron stitch, but it is and it makes a wonderful pattern.
Finally, I decided to take a stab at a netted pendant again. This time, I took inspiration from Sonoku Nozue. Sonoku's book, Japanese Beadwork, is fabulous. I used her "Snow Crystal" brooch as a basis for this pendant.
There are three layers of netting in the pendant and it looks fabulous.
I finished the necklace with a cellini spiral and ribbon.
Therese and Christine, thank you for another lovely challenge.
It's so easy to fall into a "beading rut." I need constant reminders that other stitches exist. :)
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