After working on two three-bead netting projects back to back, I’m starting to feel like I can’t remember how to do netting any other way. Although the technique is much more time consuming, it really makes a gorgeous collar.
When I first set out to make a project for the Egyptian god Osiris, I knew that a collar was the way to go. In his familiar mummified form, Osiris can usually be seen wearing a collar, and closely stitched netting could provide an opportunity to incorporate a wrapped linen pattern into the beadwork. This idea fell through, but the necklace turned out great anyway.
I combined two shades of blue with black for the ‘jewelry’ portion of the pattern, then wide rows of opaque white and bone for the ‘mummy’ bits. Since Osiris could have either blue or green skin, I had planned on adding some emerald to the inside row, but found that the black not only looked better, but fit better as well.
I have more plans for using three-bead netting in the future, along with some experiments with new materials. I’ve gotten a little ahead of schedule with the Egyptian gods, and the challenge should be wrapped up nicely come December!
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