How to Make Russian Style Netted Flowers

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    Getting Started

    Materials

    To make each flower, you will need the following materials:

    • 2 grams of size 11 Japanese seed beads in two colors: Main color (A) and accent color (B)
    • 1 gram of size 11 hex-cut bead (C)
    • Braided beading thread in 6lb test or Nymo D
    • Size 12 beading needle
    • Scissors

    Start Stitching

    On a comfortable length of thread (no longer than 5') and leaving a 3" tail, string a stop bead. Pick up 1 B, 9 A, and 3 B. Skip the last B added and pass needle and thread through the next B.

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    Pick Up the Next Set of Beads

    Pick up 1 B, 9 A, and 1 B.
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    Work the Next Picot

    Pick up 9 A and 3 B. Skip the last B added and pass through the next B. Pick up 1 B.
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    Continue Stringing and Stitching the Picots

    Continue in this manner until you have 6 picots made. End by stringing 1 B and 9 A.
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    Start Stitching the Netted Base

    Remove the stop bead.

    Pass needle and thread through the first B strung and the next 6 A.

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    Make the Seventh Picot

    To make the seventh picot and start working the netting to gather the base together, pick up 3 A and 3 B. Skip the last B and pass through the next B. String 1 B and 3 A.
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    Weave Back Into the Base

    Pass needle and thread down through the six beads nearest the next center B bead. Pass through the center B bead and pull snugly.
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    Stitch the Next Petal

    Pick up 1 B and pass through the next B bead in the ring. Pass needle and thread up through the next 6 A beads before the next picot.
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    Finish Stitching the Base

    Continue to work as outlined in Steps 6 - 8 to gather the petals together. Remember to add a B bead into the base before stitching the following petal.
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    Begin Adding the Second Layer to the Base

    Weave needle and thread through the base so that you are exiting one of the center B beads.

    Pick up 6 C and 3 B. Skip the last B and pass needle and thread through the next B.

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    Continue Second Layer

    Pick up 1 B and 6 C. Skip the next B bead in the center of the flower and pass needle and thread through the next center B bead.
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    Stitch 5 More Petals in the Second Layer

    Continue adding petals of the second layer using C and B beads until you have a total of 6 new petals.

    After adding the last petal, weave needle and thread so that you are exiting from the third C bead of the first petal made.

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    Gather the Second Layer of Petals Together

    To gather the second layer of petals together, pick up 3 B. Skip the last B and pass needle and thread through the next B. Pick up 1 B. Pass needle and thread down through the bottom 3 C beads of the next petal.
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    The Finished Flower

    After you have added a total of 6 picots in between the 6 petals of the second layer, weave thread into the beadwork, knot and add a drop of glue if desired, weave the thread into the beadwork a little more and trim close to the beadwork. Weave in the tail that is coming out of the center circle of B beads as well.

    Ideas for Using Russian Flowers

    • These flowers make wonderful brooches and pins. You can work them up in a variety of colors using a variety of seed beads - try using triangle beads...MORE instead of hex-cut beads for the second layer of embellishment.
    • Use one as the centerpiece for a fabulous corsage-like bracelet.
    • Dangle three or four from a netted necklace.
    • Make a statement pendant by combining three or four peyote-stitched Russian style leaves in a cluster underneath a flower and hang from a beaded or satin rope.
    • Work two in size 15 beads and make a stunning pair of earrings.
    • Stitch a Swarovski crystal or gemstone bead as an accent into the center ring.