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TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – weaving a filled tubular netting or how to fill a “basket” with beads - part 2

CONTINUATION - weaving a rope in filled tubular netting

  • you are ready to restart the process and fill the basket: pick up a 6 mm filler bead and pass through the next crossover bead, repeat this two more times
  • as 6 mm filler beads are quite heavy, especially gemstone beads, give them a second pass through to reinforce the structure**

  • and there you are ready to create the petals again: pick up 4 seed beads in color A, 1 in color B and again 4 in color A and pass your needle through the next crossover bead, repeat two more times
  • continue like **this** till you obtain the desired length
  • to finish: create the three petals, make a step-up and continue as usual, but instead of using a 6 mm filler bead, replace it with a seed bead. This will tighten the structure. 
  • Now you are ready to add the clasp of your choice.

In short, your structure consists of three petals you push up to form a basket, after which you go to the top of a petal to fill up the basket.

Attention:

  • If you choose to work with only one color seed beads, it is advisable to lay out piles of 9 seed beads to avoid mistakes.

Note:

  • when using 4 mm filler beads, you will probably need only 3 seed beads in color A at each side of the crossover bead instead of 4 seed beads in color A.
  • this technique can also be used to make a lovely pendant.

Please choose your beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/czech-fire-polished-round-beads !

Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – weaving a filled tubular netting or how to fill a “basket” with beads - part 1

Who does not love a gorgeous rope necklace ? Well, you are in for a treat, because the filled tubular netting stitch guarantees you a supple rope that does not collapse. The moreover, the technique is versatile as you can use it with 3 mm, 4 mm or 6 mm beads. Just remember that 3 mm beads will give you a 6 mm diameter, 4 mm beads will create a 8 mm diameter and 6 mm beads a 12 mm diameter rope. So get out your favorite beads … and seed beads.

Supplies for a 12 mm diameter necklace rope:

  • 6x6 mm filler beads : glass beads or gemstone beads
  • 18 g. Czech seed beads 11/0 in a contrasting color (= A color)
  • and preferably also some 11/0 in a secondary matching color (= B color), which will become your crossover bead color – strictly speaking, the second color is only there to make it easier for you to follow the pattern
  • S-lon thread
  • size 10 needles
  • scissors

Instructions – weaving a filled tubular netting:

  • before starting, lay out some small piles of 4 seed beads in color A so you can concentrate wholly on the process and structure
  • to start: pick up a 6 mm filler bead, a seed bead B, a 6 mm filler bead, a seed bead B, a 6 mm filler bead and a seed bead B
  • consider those seed beads between the 6 mm beads as your first crossover beads

  • form a circle by passing a second time through all the beads, but continue, past the tail end through the 6 mm bead and the first crossover seed bead
  • now you will start to make the petals in which you will place your 6 mm beads, together they form a kind of basket

  • **pick up 4 seed beads in color A, 1 in color B and 4 in color A
  • pass your needle through the next crossover bead
  • start over: 4 x color A, 1 x color B, 4 x color A
  • pass through the following crossover bead
  • pick up 4 in color A, 1 in color B, 4 in color A
  • and pass through the next crossover bead – you have created three petals

  • as those petals need to form a basket for the filler beads, you push them slightly up and tighten the thread
  • now you need to create a step-up and in order to do so you go through the next 5 seed beads = meaning, you go through 4 seed beads in color A and 1 crossover bead in color B to end up at the top of the petal.

SEE - part 2