I've seen work done with this stitch but in my nineteen years of beading I have never done a netted necklace. Odd how I could have completely ignored such a wonderful, versatile, fluid stitch. I have a gorgeous, spinny, focal center that will be stitched to the middle of this....it's for the book, so you won't see it now, but the rest of the necklace I am in love with.
For some odd reason I decided to use a chevron chain start and I think it makes an excellent beginning, setting off the edge of the netting beautifully and giving it some body and substance from which to drape. And I of course added some crystal to the center end points.
Wanting more substance and texture I played with adding some soft matte green peanuts to the bottom of the chevron chain. When used as embellishment, they tend to tip and show up looking like just another size 8 in the space, but here where they are supported on both sides, their distinctive shape shows more.
I haven't woven off the threads yet, and I may take the peanuts out and place a small 3 cut 15 on either side of them. It doesn't look thready to the naked eye when being worn, but it's close up here shows more thread then I would like.
It was a marathon day of beading yesterday and I am well into the second eight projects for the book, plus which I finished the second Lilliana sample for Bead and Button. Today I need to put text to illustration, and illustrate the next two color ways for
Aelia. More on that later, I'm interested on everyone's thoughts in color specific directions.