Welcome back to Bead Weaving 101

It has definitely been a while since we finished up Peyote Stitch,the first stitch we covered.

The break was not in vain, as I presented a nice multiple part mini-series for you on Handmade Components and Wire Wrapping last month. 

Today I am going to head back into Bead Weaving 101 and we are going to begin with Flat Netting Stitch Basics. 


The Bead Weaving 101 Series is based in part on my review of the 2019 Bead and Button Bead Stitching Handbook

You can read my initial Book Review.

You can order your own copy using my Amazon Affiliate link by clicking the book on the right. 

Learn more about the Series.

Netting Stitch

Netting stitch is a close cousin of Peyote stitch. The structure is very similar and the stitch can be worked either vertically or horizontally in the flat form.

Netting stitch can also be worked in the circular form as well as the tubular, three dimensional form.

There are multiple variations you can use to change the overall appearance of a netted project.

Here are a few examples of the variations. 

  • Varying the number of beads per stitch
  • Varying the size of the beads
  • Picot Turn 
  • Pointed Turn
  • Filled Netting

Other Netting Projects

  • Beaded Ornaments – Circular Netting
  • Beaded Scarves – Flat Netting
  • Bangles and Rope Necklaces – Tubular Netting
  • Beaded Purses – Flat Netting 

Some common projects where you may have seen netting stitch are Bib and Collar beaded necklaces. 

Filled netted flat bracelets are also fairly common. 


I have several lessons planned for the Netting portion of Bead Weaving 101

I will be using Video and written formats throughout the series and I will provide you with the full materials lists in each new lesson. 

We will be using a stop bead for the lessons on Flat Netting so make sure you are familiar with adding a stop bead. Check out Adding a Stop Bead if you need to familiarize yourself with the technique. 

Below you can get a head start on the tools and types of materials I will be using in the technique lessons. 

Tools and Materials

As you may suspect, we will be using the old familiar tools and supplies to work through the basic lessons. 

Having at least two colors or two sizes of seed beads will make it easier to understand the stitch and the thread path.

  • Beading Thread
  • Beading Needles
  • Size 11/0 Seed Beads
  • Size 8/0 Seed Beads
  • 2 x 3 mm Crystal Rondelles 
  • 3 or 4 mm Fire Polish Beads
  • Scissors or Thread Burner

So gather your beads my friends and in the next post we will begin our journey into netting stitch.

I am very proud and excited to bring this very old and traditional stitch to you.

See you in the next post and as always…..

Thank you for stopping by!