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Why KNOT??!

About this design:

I have been trying pearl knotting. I have another necklace in a half finished state...only because I ran out of aqua shell pearls. I really like doing it. Kind of relaxing, except for when your knot does KNOT get close enough. But it feels so slinky and drapey.


Labradorite rounds. Swarovski crystal pearls. Black crystals. Rhinestone spacers. Gunmetal spacers.

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Deb, I love it!! This is fantastic! The black knots between the ivory pearls is great! I have yet to try this technique–are you using a knotter or an awl? I finally got a knotter from a friend, but still haven’t given it a whirl. The crystal rhinestones are perfect as they help transition the colors and add a little sparkle! Great job!!!!! :)

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Crystal Canary. I like the black thread also. I almost used gray but found the black in a basket. I am using my fingers!!!!! What was I thinking?????

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love this, Deb! So sophisticated and elegant looking…your knots are great too! I only use my fingers when knotting, only because I haven’t bought a special tool for it. My fingers seem to work just fine though :)

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Deb, What type of cording did you choose to use on this project? C-Lon? What mm? :)

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    It’s S-lon….I.think it is only one size. I got it at my local bead store.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous piece Deb, I also use fingers for knotting, I really like using both waxed linen and C-Lon, might try silk one day when I’m better at it :D

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Drat…..I forgot to thank you for the compliment Wanda….so Thank you :) Nice to know someone else uses their fingers for this.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    The silk is so thin and in such short pieces!!
    Thanks Asia! :)

  9. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Ditto all the above – beautiful!

  10. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Beautiful, Deb! Love the transition pieces between the pearls and labradorite.
    I do use an knotting tool and it really helps slip the knot up tight to the bead. You might try using a long nail. I’ve use a long thin nail in a pinch and it worked fine.
    p.s. the knotting tool is also great to loosen and undo those knots that are out of place.
    Can’t wait to see your other pieces!

  11. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Deb, I love this…reminds me of night turned to day. I, too, learned knotting by hand. I finally got a knotting tool and then, a knotting board (for lack of a better term). Like others have said, it really does help with keeping the knots positioned correctly and keeping the tension consistent.
    This is such a pretty piece.

  12. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    I love knotted jewelry. Knotting pearls was the first thing I learned. And you are right, they feel wonderful. This is a wonderful piece.

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is beautiful Deb! Very elegant and sophisticated. I love that you used labradorite on half instead of going with all pearls. That and the black cord adds dramatic contrast. Just stunning! :)

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Deb–this is really cool!! I use my fingers, too. :) I know what you mean about the silky drape–I love that. I have mostly used waxed linen and some silk. I hear you about the naughty knots that don’t get close enough. A cheap pair of small and pointy tweezers works as well as any tool, too, if you are looking for one. Try Target or Walmart in the cosmetics section. I found one there and when I do use a tool (rarely) it works well.

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Judy, Linda, Angela, Alice, Becky, Del, Lois for all the compliments. You chicks are always the best!!!

  17. Dill
    Dill says:

    I really love this design. The contrasts are stunning! Has got me thinking about lots of designs I’d like to try!

  18. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Deb..this is great looking! It’s elegant and casual as well. What a creative style.

  19. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Super design…I will have to try this technique of knotting since it has become so popular.

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