We hold monthly classes at our Bead Society, and at our March meeting, one of our members taught the technique of knotting leather cord with pearls.
Learning how to knot on cord was a long-time objective for me. As Program Director for our Bead Society, I was excited when our member-instructor suggested this class. That evening, many of our members gladly sat at the tables, eager to learn, too. Here’s my necklace, as I was working on it:
What was most surprising for me was the ease of knotting. Granted, it does require some dexterity, and using an awl and long nosed pliers are actually very helpful to get the knots lined up “just so” against the pearls. It took a little adjusting, and in the end, the finished piece has, as one fellow member stated, “ . . . [a connection] with some primal early human desire for adornment.”
My finished piece:
Yes, it has a beautiful, rustic look in its simplicity. And it wears beautifully!
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