Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Pearl Knotting Attempt # 1
I recently found a Craftsy class on jewelry making for about 50% off, and I was excited to get it. It has directions for projects like pearl knotting and chain maille. At some point in the near future, I really want to try to make chain mail, but I figured that I would start out with something easier. I bought the supplies listed for the pearl knotting section of the course. It sounded simple enough, so this past weekend, a friend and I tried out that segment of the course. As usual, the Craftsy instructor was easy to follow and very detailed. However, I learned that the silk thread I purchased for the knotting was far too thin.
All was not lost for I was eventually able to create a knotted bracelet using the a couple sizes of faux pearls and some seed beads. I like the color combination in this bracelet, and I made the knot every 3 beads. I had to put in a lot more lengths of thread than used in the demo because it was so thin, which meant it knotted up easily. I used the seed beads by the knots because their holes were smaller.
I have ordered several sizes of thicker silk thread, and I look forward to trying the knotting again with the proper supplies.