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Cellini Netting


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There's a rhythm to this stitch, and it'll seem familiar, as it's an amalgam of stitches you probably know (such as Russian-style netting), but the bead counts on each round will keep you interested, and the shape of the spiral growing will enchant you. Use the combination of varying bead sizes as well as varying stitch counts to form a wonderfully dimensional spiral which can be further enhanced by the use of different colours and finishes of the beads. I have also included (not for the faint of heart!) instructions for reversing the direction of the spiral, as shown in the red necklace. It's, shall we say, less soothing to stitch, though it does look gorgeous. I have used fire-polished beads as well as fresh-water pearls as the 4mm beads. If you must use crystals, I strongly recommend Fireline and suggest being very careful of sharp edges, as these can cut the thread. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY bead netting SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 16-18", adjust materials to adjust length

Supplies Needed

  • Czech size 11 seed beads, main colour, half hank
  • Czech size 11 seed beads, contrast colour, one-sixth hank
  • Size 8 seed beads, 2 strings or 10-15g

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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things. I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. I've dabbled in polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, but immerse myself in seed beading. I teach at a local bead store, as well at national shows from time to time. Patterns in my shop are by and large based on classes I have taught, so they've been tested on real people!