Beaded tubular netting is done by weaving two different-sized beads together into a tube shape. The pattern of the netting is created by threading seed beads around round beads to create a flower like petal shape. The netting is strung together by interweaving the beads into a tube or hollow rope shape. You can bead tubular netting to create bracelets and necklaces. The colours of the beads you use can create unique, eye catching patterns.
Cut 5 feet of nylon bead thread with scissors. Insert one end of thread into the needle. String four round beads onto the needle and slide them down to the centre of the thread. Insert the needle back through the first round bead and pull the thread tight to make the beads move and form a circle.
String a seed bead onto the thread and slide it down next to the first round bead of the circle. Insert the thread into the second round bead and pull it through. Add a seed bead and insert the thread through the next adjacent round bead. Do this two more times to add two more seed beads between the round beads. Insert the thread into the first round bead and pull it taught. The seed beads should be sitting in between the round beads.
String on five seed beads. Slide them down the thread and insert the thread into the seed bead on the other side of the first round bead and pull the thread through. String on five seed beads; insert the thread into the seed bead on the other side of the next round bead. Continue stringing on seed beads and inserting the thread through the next round bead. When you come back to the first string of seed beads, insert the needle into the bottom seed bead and through the first four seed beads and pull it through.
String on a round bead, slide it down to the end of the thread. Insert the needle into the third bead on the second string of seed beads and pull it through. The third bead will be the seed bead that is sitting at the top point over a round bead. Add a round bead and insert the thread through the third bead of the second string of seed beads. Add two more round beads in the same way.
Pull the thread tight to pull the round beads into a circle. Pull down on the first circle of round beads as you tighten the thread to make the seed bead strings form the V-shape pattern of the tubular netting.
String on five seed beads and insert the thread through the seed bead sitting between two round beads. Continue adding strings of five seed beads and inserting the thread through the seed bead sitting between two round beads until you have gone around all four round beads. Add four round beads, by inserting the thread through the seed bead sitting over a round bead as before. Continue adding beads in this pattern until it reaches the desired length.
Finish the tubular beaded netting by inserting the needle and thread back through the beads in a V pattern. Cross the thread over itself as you move it through the beads. Tie a half-hitch knot and trim off the excess thread. Slide the knot back into a bead to hide it.
Things you need
- Nylon bead thread
- Bead needle
- 6-mm round beads
- Seed beads