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Flat Netting Beading Tutorial
Learn to Graph and Stitch Flat Net Beading

In this beading tutorial for Flat Netting, you will first learn the beading thread path and then learn how to use the tool to design beadwork with this stitch without it causing a lot of frustration. )

The base row for this beading stitch is always made up of sets of four beads each. The example below shows three sets of four beads each set, with the last set forming both the end of the first row and the beginning of the second. I will call this the "turn." So, to make a base row for flat netting, pick up as many sets of four as you wish to use plus one extra set for the turn. Count six beads back and go through the seventh to form the turn.

Each row after the base row is created from 3 bead sets for each stitch except the turn stitches at each end which use sets of four. So pick up 3 beads, skip 3 beads in the base row and go through the 4th. Continue adding sets of 3 beads in this manner until you get to the end and you need to turn again. Then pick up four beads and go through the middle bead of the last set of three you added to make the turn.

That's it really, except at the very end when you are finished, add one more bead to square up the corner.

Now, before we get to the graph paper, let me explain how to use it. I didn't want to make a seperate graph for say, two sets, three sets, four sets, etc, because that would be too limiting in terms of what you could design on it. Instead I'm going to give you a full page of graph paper and explain how you can use it to design pieces with any number of sets in the base row.

For the design to be workable, it needs to start with the bead one below and to the left of the bead at the top of a diamond shape. I know that's kinda confusing, but the picture should help clarify. Look at your graph, see how only the beads at the tops and bottoms of the diamond shapes are perfectly vertical? Choose one of these beads and draw a vertical line through the middle of it extending to the top and bottom edges of the paper. A ruler might help. ;-) Now, beginning from the next bead up and to the right of the vertical bead you chose, count as many sets of four as you want to use in your base row not counting the turn set. Then draw another vertical line through the center of the next vertical bead over. Ignore the beads that the lines pass through and any beads outside of the lines. All the whole beads inside the two lines are part of the design, partial beads and beads outside the lines are not. The picture shows two sets of four and illustrates how the turn set looks on the graph. Turn beads are indicated by a T in each bead. Note that in your actual beadwork the two turn beads on the edge will be closer to horizontal than shown on the graph. I may be over-explaining this, but in my experience, figuring out where each row ends without some kind of guide can be very confusing!

Click Here For The Graph

Now, don't let all this make you feel that you have to design "inside the lines." You can go ahead and graph out a figure and then add the lines later to see where the rows end. Also, don't forget that you can turn the paper sideways and have your base row go from top to bottom instead of side to side, it works the same either way. In fact, that's what I did for both of the little sample designs shown below.

Heh, this is supposed to be Kokopelli. You might want to use higher contrast colors if you try this one. (g)

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