Knotted jewellery takes many forms and there are a lot of different knots that you can learn. This basic techniques sheet looks at the very simplest jewellery that can be made with thick cord. I show you how to use knots to hold beads in place or to fasten the jewellery.
I put the sheet together after using these knotted jewellery techniques to teach an open workshop in a local craft shop. The workshop took place during school holidays. So I had a lot of young children making this jewellery as well as adults.
Knotted jewellery is very easy to make. It can be a great way to quickly display a large focal bead, or a selection of larger beads.
You can also use the knotting techniques as a clasp. So you don’t need to buy specialist findings or learn how to use them.
This techniques sheet is very basic. However, if you enjoy this style of jewellery, you may want to find out more about macramé. You can use this to create jewellery by just knotting coloured threads – the beads are optional! For more techniques, I can recommend a book by Dorothy Wood, reviewed here.
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I believe that the basic beading techniques are the fundamentals to all beadwork and you should be able to learn them for free. These techniques are not copyrighted. So I wanted to make sure that everyone has access to well-thought out materials for learning these building blocks.
If you find my style of teaching and writing works for you, then I hope you will return. I will send you a discount coupon. Then you can use it to sample some of the patterns on this website. Or, if you live nearby, do please book for one of my classes. You can find an up-to-date list of my teaching schedule on the beading classes page.