by Joanna Ochocinska
Why do we wear jewellery? Throughout history people have worn necklaces, pendants and rings as a symbol of power and status or, in other words, to show off. There are also other valid reasons; a famous athlete once said: 'Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles.' Whether you actually want to take people's minds off anything or you want to attract someone's attention, this necklace will do the job. It's elegant, eye-catching and unique but at the same time, it's easy to make. The technique used in the process isn't too complicated and it won't drive you mad so you don't have to worry about acquiring post-beading wrinkles!
While working on this piece we will be weaving the thread back and forth through the same beads many times so it’s best to use a very small beading needle and size 10 or larger (9 or 8) seed beads. As with other netting projects: netted earrings, bracelet and choker you can follow the tutorial step by step or modify the size of various elements of the necklace by adding or reducing the number of beads or even skipping some steps.
1. Cut a 2metre piece of thread and thread the needle.
2. Tie the thread to the clasp with an overhand knot
3. String as many beads A as you need to loosely wrap around your neck (it has to be a multiple of 6 + one more bead at the end. There needs to be an odd number of 6-bead segments)
4. Tie the thread to the second element of the clasp.
5. Go back through the last bead.
6. Slide 9 beads of a different colour (B) onto the thread, skip 5 beads underneath and push the needle through the 6th one.
7. Repeat step 6 until you reach the clasp on the other side.
8. Make a knot around the clasp.
9. Bring the needle back through the last bead A and 5 beads B.
10. Put 5 beads A onto the needle and push it through the tip of the next chevron.
11. Find the 7 chevrons in the centre of the necklace and repeat step 10 until you reach the first of those 7 chevrons.
12. String 4 beads A and 5 beads B and go through the tip of the next chevron.
13. Add 9 beads B and move forward as before.
14. Slide 5 beads B and 4 beads A onto the needle and push it through the tip of the next chevron.
15. Create a mirror image of the last 3 chevrons.
16. Repeat step 10 for the remainder of this row.
17. Bring the needle up through the side of the last chevron all the way to the clasp.
18. Secure the thread to the clasp with a knot.
19. Weave the thread all the way back to the 7 chevrons in the middle.
20. Come out through the tip of the last chevron you created in the centre of the necklace.
21. Put 4 beads A and 5 beads B onto the needle and go through the tip of the next chevron.
22. Add 5 beads B and 4 beads A and move forward as before.
23. Push the needle through the sides of the two neighbouring chevrons.
24. Create a mirror image of the previous 2 chevrons.
25. Turn the thread around by weaving it through the sides of the chevrons below as shown in the photos.
26. Push the needle through the side of the last chevron you created.
27. String 5 beads A, one B and 5 beads A again and go through the tip of the neighbouring chevron.
28. String a sequence of 4 beads A and one bead B 4 times (skip bead B at the end).
29. Repeat step 27.
30. Push the needle up through several beads in any direction.
31. Tie a knot at the base of the closest bead.
32. Weave the thread through several beads to conceal the knot and cut it.
33. Repeat steps 30-32 for the other thread end.
If you'd like to have a netted necklace but this particular design doesn't suit you, I suggest looking for inspiration online. You don't necessarily have to copy what someone else has created but it could inspire you to play around with this beading method and point you in the right direction. The number of pattern combinations is endless, add various colours, bead sizes, and types to it and you could turn netted necklace designing into a full time job!