This bead netted ornament is made on one of the small glass ornaments available at Michaels. They are about 40mm, but the technique is easy enough to make it bigger to fit a full sized glass ornament, or you could use size 15/o seed beads to make covers for tiny ornaments to use as earrings during the holiday season.
My bead counts are for the size ornament I made. To use more or less beads for a bigger or smaller ornament, the important thing is that the first round of right-angle weave needs to have an even number of units. The number of drops will be half of that initial number of units.
Diagrams are shown flat with less beads than the rounds take and are shown as examples of what the stitches look like. It's easier to work this with the starting ring being big enough to go over the top of the ornament so you can work the cover off the ornament.
You will need:
Size 11 seed beads- I used s/l amber and s/l red- you can use whatever colors and as many as you'd like
Size 8 hexagon beads
Drop beads or accent beads for the drops at the bottom. I used top drilled pressed glass drops in red.
Thread- I used Fireline
In my directions, contrast color is the red, and main color is the gold on my finished ornament cover.
Start by making a strip of 17 right-angle weave units in the contrast color, then close them to make 18 units total.
Position needle so it's coming out of one of the beads on the bottom edge.
Next 2 rounds are just plain netting. Pick up 2 main color beads, 1 contrast, 2
main color beads. Skip a down bead on the right angle weave, and go through the next down bead. Repeat all the way around, on the last one, you're going back through the bead you started on. (9 netting loops)
Pass needle and thread through the beads until it's coming out of contrast bead. Do another round of netting with 2 main color, 1 contrast, 2 main color, then through the next contrast bead from the previous round.
Bring your needle and thread back through to the first contrast color bead added.
Now for the fun part! The picot netting. The picots are formed with 4 contrast color beads, 1 size 8 hexagon, 3 contrast color beads, then back up through the first contrast color bead added. The first row of picot beading has 3 main color beads, picot, 3 main color beads, then through the next contrast color bead from the previous round. (9 picots)
Pass your needle and thread through the first beads added, down through the contrast colors and pass it through the hex bead to start the next picot round.
The next round is 4 main color beads, picot, 4 main color beads, through the next hex from the previous round and repeat all the way around. Weave it through the first beads added in this round until your needle and thread is exiting the hex bead.
The next round is 7 main color beads, picot, 7 main color beads.
The final round is the drop round. This one, instead of doing a picot, you'll add your drops and it's a great place to experiment. For my drops, I used 7 main color beads, *1 contrast color, 1 hex, 4 main color, drop bead, 3 main color, back through the first main color bead, hex bead and contrast bead* 7 main color beads, through the next hex from the previous round. Repeat around.
Weave in and tie off thread ends. Put the cover on the ornament! As you can see, the picot netting is just as adaptable as regular netting by changing bead types and counts.
The open, airy, delicate lace pattern works up very quickly if you'd like to make them as gifts or as bazaar items.