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Netted Easter egg

Spiral treasures that the Easter bunny won’t want to hide

After visiting the beautiful Fabergé exhibit in Wilmington, Delaware, I purchased several wooden eggs and stands with the idea of creating my own version of the famous artwork. 

Work a flat piece of netting until it is long enough to fit around the wooden egg. Sew the last and first rows together to make a tube. Slide the tube over the egg. Work a decrease to close the top and bottom of the tube around the wooden egg. 

SUPPLIES

  • Japanese seed beads, size 11/0 
    • 10g color A
    • 10g color B
    • 4g color C
  • Nymo B or D beading thread conditioned with beesewax or Fireline fishing line, 6lb. test
  • wooden egg 2 1⁄2 x 1 3⁄4 (64-45mm) with flat bottom
  • acrylic paint
  • water based wood primer or gesso
  • acrylic varnish (optional)
  • sandpaper, fine grit
  • paint brush

INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare the wooden egg 

Paint the wooden egg with a primer. Let it dry and sand it smooth. Apply two to three coats of paint evenly and allow the paint to dry between coats. Apply a varnish if desired. 

Stitch the netted tube 

Seed beads can vary slightly in size; the beads I used measure eight beads per 1⁄2 in. (13mm). If your beads measure nine per 1⁄2 in., see below "Alternative Design" before you begin. 

1. Using a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of conditioned Nymoor Fireline, string a bead 6 in. (15cm) from the end. Sew through it again in the same direction for a stop bead.

Netted Easter egg Figure 1
Figure 1

Row 1: String the following 46 bead sequence (FIGURE 1, a-b):
a. 1 color C bead 
b. 1A, 1C, four times 
c. 2B, 1C, four times 
d. 3A, 1C, four times 
e. 2B, 1C, three times

2. To work the netting in rows 2-9, pick up the specified beads and go through the appropriate C bead on the previous row as shown in FIGURE 1. The last beads picked up on a row (the h set of beads in the instructions) are stitched with the first beads of the following row, sewing through the fourth C from the needle (FIGURE 1, b-c). For the remaining stitches, sew through every other C on the previous row (c-d). When you reach about the third or fourth row, the C beads that you sew through(on the previous row) will begin to stick out and form a point, making it easy to see where to add beads on the new row.

Row 2:
a. 2B, 1C, 2B 
b. 2B, 1C, 3B
c. 3A, 1C, 3A
d. 3A, 1C, 2A
e. 2B, 1C, 2B
f. 2B, 1C, 1B
g. 1A, 1C, 1A
h. 1A, 1C

Row 3:
a. 1A, 1C, 1A
b. 1B, 1C, 1B  
c. 2B, 1C, 2B
d. 2A, 1C, 2A
e. 3A, 1C, 3A
f. 3B, 1C, 3B
g. 2B, 1C, 2B
h. 2A, 1C

Row 4:
a. 2A, 1C, 2A
b. 2B, 1C, 3B
c. 3B, 1C, 3B
d. 3A, 1C, 2A
e. 2A, 1C, 2A
f. 2B, 1C, 1B
g. 1B, 1C, 1B
h. 1A, 1C

Row 5:
a. 1B, 1C, 1B
b. 1B, 1C, 1B
c. 2A, 1C, 2A
d. 2A, 1C, 2A
e. 3B, 1C, 3B
f. 3B, 1C, 3B
g. 2A, 1C, 2A
h. 2A, 1C

Row 6:
a. 2A, 1C, 2A
b. 2A, 1C, 3A
c. 3B, 1C, 3B
d. 3B, 1C, 2B
e. 2A, 1C, 2A
f. 2A, 1C, 1A
g. 1B, 1C, 1B
h. 1B, 1C

Row 7:
a. 1B, 1C, 1B
b. 1A, 1C, 1A
c. 2A, 1C, 2A
d. 2B, 1C, 2B
e. 3B, 1C, 3B
f.  3A, 1C, 3A
g.  2A, 1C, 2A
h.  2B, 1C

Row 8:
a. 2B, 1C, 2B
b. 2A, 1C, 3A
c. 3A, 1C, 3A
d. 3B, 1C, 2B
e. 2B, 1C, 2B
f. 2A, 1C, 1A
g. 1A, 1C, 1A
h. 1B, 1C

Row 9:
a. 1A, 1C, 1A
b. 1A, 1C, 1A
c.  2B, 1C, 2B
d.  2B, 1C, 2B
e.  3A, 1C, 3A
f.   3A, 1C, 3A
g.  2B, 1C, 2B
h.  2B, 1C 

3. Repeat rows 2-9 three more times.

4. Repeat rows 2-7. Once the last row is completed you will have a flat netted piece with 20 C beads across the outside edge of the top and bottom.

5. To close the tube, fold the netting so the end rows are side by side, with the last row (where the thread exits) on the left and the first row on the right. Zigzag back and forth between the rows connecting the outer most C beads of both rows with A and B beads.

Netted Easter egg Figure 2
Figure 2

a. String 2B and sew up through the second C from the bottom on row 1 (FIGURE 2, a-b).
b. String 2B and sew through the C on the last row(b-c).
c. String 2A and go through row 1. String 3A and go through the C on the last row (c-d). 
d. String 3A and go through the C. String 3A and go through the C (d-e).
e. String 3B and go through the C. String 2B and go through the C (e-f).
f. String 2B and go through the C. String 2B and go through the C (f-g).
g. String 2A and go through the C. String 1A and go through the C (g-h).
h. String 1A and go through the C. String 1A and go through the C. String 1B and go through the top edgeC bead on row 1 (h-i).

6. Remove the stop bead and tie the tail and working thread together with a square knot.

7. Thread a needle on the tail and sew through the A bead below the C where the tail exits (i-j). Tie a half-hitch knot between the beads. Weave the tail into the beadwork tying half-hitch knots between several beads to secure it and trim. Don’t cut the working thread.

8. Slide the netted tube over the painted egg and hold it in place. The netting will be snug at the center of the egg.

Close the top

Netted Easter egg Figure 3
Figure 3
Netted Easter egg Figure 4
Figure 4

1. Position your needle so it exits the C bead at point a in FIGURE 3.

2. Working clock wise around the tube, pick up the specified beads and sew through the C bead on the previous round. Remember to step-up to end the round.

Round 1: 
a. 1B, 1C, 1A (a-b)
b. 1A (b-c)
c. 1A, 1C, 1B (c-d)
d. 1B (d-e)
e. Repeat four more times decreasing to ten C beads.

Round 2: 
a. 2A, 1C, 2B (f-g)
b. 2B, 1C, 2A (g-h)
c. Repeat four more times.

Round 3:
a. 1B, 1C, 1B (i-j)
b. 1A, 1C, 1A (j-k)
c. Repeat four more times.

Round 4:
a. 1A (l-m)
b. 1B, 1C, 1B (m-n)
c. Repeat four more times decreasing to five C beads. Refer to FIGURE 4 as you work rounds 5 and 6.

Round 5:
a. 1A, 1C, 1B (a-b)
b. Repeat four more times.

Round 6:
a. 1A (c-d)
b. Repeat four more times.
c. Sew through all five A beads again and pull them into a tight circle (e-f and photo a). Secure the thread and end it as before.

Netted Easter egg a
Photo a
Netted Easter egg Figure 5
Figure 5

Close the bottom

1. Start a new thread and secure it in the beadwork so it exits a C bead to the left of the a color A section (FIGURE 5, point a).

2. Working clockwise, decrease the bottom as the top. Remember to step-up to end each round.

Round 1:
a. 1A (a-b)
b. 2A, 1C, 2A (b-c)
c. 1B (c-d)
d. 2B, 1C, 2B (d-e)
e. Repeat four more times decreasing to ten C beads.

Round 2:
a. 2B, 1C, 2B (f-g)
b. 2A, 1C, 2A (g-h)
c. Repeat four more times.

Round 3:
a. 1A, 1C, 1A (i-j)
b. 1B (j-k)
c. Repeat four more times decreasing to five C beads.

Round 4: 
a. 1B, 1C, 1A 
b. Repeat four more times.

Round 5:
a. 1A 
b. Repeat four more times.
c. Sew through all five A beads again and pull them into a tight circle. 

3. Secure the thread with half-hitch knots between beads and end the thread. 

Netted Easter egg b
Photo b
Netted Easter egg c
Photo c
Alternative Design

For 110 seed beads that measure nine beads per 1⁄2 in., adjust the directions as listed below, photo b and photo c as you work:

Stitch the netted tube

Step 3: repeat rows 2-9 four more times.

Step 4: the flat netted piece will have 24 C beads across the outside edge of the top and bottom.

Close the top and bottom

• The beads added in each round repeat five more times.

• The rounds will decrease to twelve then six C beads and end with a circle of six A beads.

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