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Daisy netting necklace

Mix and match components for an endless variety of jewelry

Modify tubular netting by using two sizes of seed beads, and incorporate clever, colorful rings of beads in the stitches to create a delicate spiral of flowers. Crystal beaded beads add just the right amount of sparkle. 

Use contrasting colors to make the flower motif pop! Cathy’s necklace alternates between three flower colors, but you could easily include every color in your stash.

Supplies

necklace 32 in. (81 cm)

  • 66 4 mm fire-polished beads (15 for each beaded bead, and 6 for assembly)
  • 80 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 15 g color A
    • 4 g in each of 3 colors: B, C, D
    • 3 g 150 seed beads
  • lobster claw clasp
  • 20 in. (51 cm) large-link chain
  • 6 mm jump ring
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • wire cutters
Instructions
daisy netting necklace 1
Figure 1

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four color A 11/0 seed beads, and tie them into a ring with a square knot (Basics, p. 90), leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Sew through the first A in the ring again (figure 1, a–b).

2. Pick up three As, and sew through the next A in the ring (b–c). Repeat twice (c–d). Pick up two 15/0 seed beads and an A, and sew through the next A in the ring (d–e). Step up by sewing through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round (e–f). 

daisy netting necklace 2
Figure 2

3. Pick up three As, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round (figure 2, a–b). Repeat. Pick up three As, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next stitch of the previous round (b–c). Pick up two 15/0s and an A, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round (c–d). Step up by sewing through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round (d–e).

4. Repeat step 3 (e–f).

 

daisy netting necklace 3
Figure 3

5. Pick up three As, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round (figure 3, a–b). Pick up one A and six color B 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the first two Bs just picked up to form a ring (b–c). Pick up an A, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round (c–d). Pick up three As, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next stitch of the previous round (d–e). Pick up two 15/0s and an A, sew through the center 11/0 in the next stitch of the previous round, and step up through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round (e–f). 

daisy netting necklace 4
Figure 4

6. Pick up three As, and sew through the two center Bs in the previous ring (figure 4, a–b). Pick up one A and six color C 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the first two Cs just picked up to form a ring (b–c). Pick up an A, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round (c–d). Pick up three As, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next stitch of the previous round (d–e). Pick up two 15/0s and an A,  sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round, and step up through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round (e–f). 

7. Continue working as in step 6, cycling through colors B, C, and D to create the rings in each round until the netted tube is about 7 in. (18 cm), ending and adding thread as needed.

8. To end the netted tube, pick up three As, and sew through the two center 11/0s of the previous ring. Pick up three As, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat. Pick up two 15/0s and an A, sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round, and step up through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round. 

9. Pick up three As, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat. Pick up three As, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next stitch of the previous round. Pick up two 15/0s and an A, sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round, and step up through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round. 

10. Repeat step 9.

11. Pick up an A, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round. Repeat. Pick up an A, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next stitch of the previous round. Pick up an A, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round. Retrace the thread path around the end ring, but don’t end the working thread or tail. Make sure the working thread is at least 12 in. (30 cm) long.

Beaded beads

1. Thread a needle on each end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, and center three 4 mm fire-polished beads. With one needle, pick up a fire-polished bead, and cross the other needle through it. 

2. Continue working in crossweave technique (How-Tos): With each needle, pick up a fire-polished bead. With one needle, pick up a fire-polished bead, 
and cross the other needle through it. Repeat twice.

3. With each needle, pick up a fire-polished bead, and cross the needles through the end fire-polished bead in the first stitch, joining the first and last stitches to form a ring.

daisy netting necklace 5
Figure 5

4. With each needle, pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal. With one needle, pick up an A, and cross the other needle through it. With each needle, pick up a bicone, and cross the needles through the next center fire-polished bead (figure 5). Repeat around the ring, and retrace the thread path to reinforce this round.

daisy netting necklace 6
Figure 6

5. With one needle, sew through a fire-polished bead in the top or bottom ring of fire-polished beads. Working with one needle, pick up an A, and sew through the next fire-polished bead in the ring (figure 6, a–b). Repeat around the ring of fire-polished beads, and exit an A (b–c). 

6. Pick up three As, and sew through the next A (c–d). Repeat around the ring of As, and step up through the first two As in the first stitch added in this round (d–e). 

7. Pick up an A, and sew through the center A in the next stitch of the previous round (e–f). Repeat to complete the round (f–g), retrace the thread path, and end the thread (How-Tos).

8. With the remaining needle, repeat steps 5–7 on the other side of the 
beaded bead. 

9. Make a total of four beaded beads in crystal colors of your choice.

Assembly

1. Cut two 10-in. (25 cm) pieces of chain.

2. Using the working thread from the netted tube, pick up a repeating pattern of a fire-polished bead and a beaded bead twice, then pick up a fire-polished bead, nine As, and the end link of one of the chains. Skip the last nine As, and sew back through the rest of the beads added in this step. Sew through the opposite A in the end round of the netted tube. Retrace the thread path several times to reinforce the join, and end the thread.

3. Repeat step 2 on the other end of the netted tube using the tail.

4. Open a jump ring, and attach the lobster claw clasp and the remaining end link of one of the chains. Close the jump ring. You can hook the lobster claw clasp to any link of the other chain to adjust the necklace length.

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