Most netted collars are flat. Since I prefer to make and wear dimensional pieces, I had never attempted one, but when I saw Maria Rypan's Scythian Gold (Beadwork, October/November 2009), with its fringe and outlined central window adding that dimensional element, I thought it striking.
I changed a few things: chose a violet color scheme (the original was, as its name suggests, shades of gold), replaced the 8° seedbeads around the inner collar with 3mm firepolished crystals and the fringe beads with crystals, Czech and Indian glass from my stash. Despite the changes, anyone who has seen Maria's necklace would probably recognize this one.
I was surprised at how quickly the piece worked up. Vertical netting is wonderfully rhythmic, and my head nearly burst with ideas for combining this stitch with surface embellishment and fringe. I think it's fair to say I'm hooked!
[ 11/0 Japanese seedbeads, Czech pressed and firepolished glass, Indian glass tetradecahedrons, sterling silver findings, Fireline™. ]