Adding A New Cord

With more experience, you'll get a better feel for measuring out cord, but even then there will be times when you'll underestimate the amount of cord needed to finish a piece, and you'll need to add cord The easiest place to add a new cord is within a row of DHHs or VDHHs. 1. Adding a vertical (warp) cord - Position the new replacement cord behind the piece so that the long end emerges wherever vou need to replace the cord. Tape the short end of the replacement cord to the board to hold it in...

How Much Cord Do I Need

Determining the amount of cord you'll need for a projec1 is an inexact Science. Different knots and patterns require differing amounts of cord and it's hard to know exact ) how much you'll use until you're done. So for this reason I always err on the side of cutting too much cord instead of too little. Cord is relatively inexpensive and it's easier to cut off excess cord than to add new cord in the middle of a piece. However, the next section. Adding a New Cord, will show you what to do if you...

Where to Start

I find that the knotvvork is usually enhanced bv well chosen beads and embellishments. When beginning a piece I often look for components to which I can attach the cords so that 1 have a solid form from which to start knotting. Although you can use another piece of cord to anchor your warp cords, using an interesting finding of some sort will add to the design. Keep in mind that you can make a piece starting from the bottom up and turn it over when it's finished (see Figure 2). 1 lere re some...

Creating Your Own Designs

After you've mastered the knots and have done some projects, you may want to design some of your own pieces. I suggest that you get a sketchbook and draw out your ideas. Even if your designs are only partially formed, it will give you a place to start. I encourage you to not be too rigid with your expectations at first. It's sometimes good to experiment and let the piece create itself. It may change and morph from your original idea, but that's how you learn new things and develop your craft....

Lining and Finishing

To conceal the hanging cords, it's necessary to make a hem with them. Flip the piece to the back. Bring the hanging cords to the back and secure them, using either double-sided beading tape or tacky glue. The cords should not show when the piece is viewed from the front. Cut off excess cord leaving a short 1 4 hem. 2. Cut a piece of lining fabric to fit the piece leaving an extra inch on all sides for a hem. Sew the outside edge of the knotted piece to the lining with a regular sewing needle...

Knotting and Beading Directions

Take one of the cordi and make a SLK (Slip Knot) approximately in the middle of the cord. Pin the cord to the board by pinning directly through the SLK. 2. Attach 3 of the other cords to it with MTKs (Mounting Knots). Tighten the knots and push them together. Untie the SLK Center the knots on the AC (Anchor Cord) and pin the middle MTK to the board. Pin through the closed loop on the top back of the MTK Pin the other 2 MTKs to the hoard so that the three knots form an inverted V shape with the...

Materials

(4) 4 mm round beads (fire polish beads or similar) (l)Oval shaped bead approx.16 mm long or (3 - 6) beads 4 - 6 mm for center strand (1 4th of a strand) 10 or 11 seed heads 1.25 Pin Back or 2 Narrow Barrette, glueable Lightweight Fabric for backing, 2 X 3. The fabric will show through the front of the pin so choose something nice in a complimentary color like Silk, Satin, or Taffeta, Suede or Ultra suede for backing, 1 X 2. Double-sided Beading Tape or Tacky Clue

Decreasing and Finishing

Bring Cd 5 to the left and make a horizontal row of DHHs with Cds 4,3,2, & I. Repeat Step 28 two more times 29. Make another row of DHHs but group together Cd 5 and Cd rV4 as ACs for the row. When you finish the row, trim off one of the cords next to the last DHH. Trim close to the knot so that no Stub shows (see Figure 7). 30. Make another row of 3 DHHs . 31. Make another row of DHHs but group together Cd 4 and Cd 3 as ACs for the row. When you finish the row, trim off one of the cords...

Directions for Necklace Chain

You have reached the point where the necklace divides in half and forms a Y. The two sections will form a lacy neck chain. These instructions are for a chain that measures approx. 9 on each side (excluding the clasp) from where the necklace splits into a Y. You may add or subtract knots to adjust for desired length. 19. lake Cd 5 and bring it out to the left under Row 22. Make a row of 4 DHHs using Cds If 4, 3, 2, & 1 (see Figure 4). 20. Take Cd 5 and bring it out to the left. Make a row of...

Directions for Pendant

Attach all 6 cords to the stone donut using the Mounting Hitch. Pin to the board with the cords hanging downward. The necklace is made upside down (see Figure 1). 2. Group together Cds & 7 and add a 6mm bead. 3. Row I - Take Cd 5 and bring it straight out (horizontally) to the left and over the first four cords. Starting with Cd 4, then Cds it3, 2, & 1, make a row of DHHs. 4. Rows 2 & 3 - Repeat Step 3 for Rows 2 & 3. Check to see that the bottom of Row 3 is to the midpoint of the...

The Neck Chain and Lining

Thread one neck chain cord onto an embroidery needle and attach it to the knotted piece by sewing through the loop of the MTK on the far left side of Row 1. Pull the end through about b or 7 and secure it by making a HH with the shorter length around the longer length of cord. Repeat with the other cord on he far right side of the piece (see Fig.l 1). Carefully paint a small dab of nail polish or Fray Check onto the knots to keep them from slipping. Add about *> -4 inches of beads to the...

Adding the Fringe Beads

Note - You may w-ant to coat the ends of the cords with Fray Check for easier beading. Let dry and trim the end off at an angle. 18. Start with the center-most cord and add beads. This will be your longest strand of fringe. I recommend that you put on 3 or 4 seed beads, followed by some larger beads, another section of seed beads, followed by some larger beads, etc. This creates some breathing space between the larger beads and helps with the bead placement in adjoining strands (see Figure 10)....

Finishing the Cavandoli Section

Unpin the piece and turn it to the back. One by one, thread any loose tails of the Runner Cords onto an embroidery needle and tack .hem down by sewing them under some threads on the back of the piece. Trim off. I I i i I i i Cut off itt SS cord 15. Cut a small strip of double-sided beading tape slightly narrower than the width of the main section of the knotted piece. Adhere the tape to the back of the piece (somewhere between Rows 2 & I I), trimming it so that it fits within the borders...

Finishing

Add several more rows of DHHs to form a tab to which you will attach your button. Keep adding rows until the tab is long enough so that the loop overlaps it when you measure it around your wrist. When the bottom row of knots lines up with the bottom V part of the loop, go on to the next step. 2. When you've reached the desired length, make another row of just 2 DHHs on each side, omitting the AC and the last knotting cord from knotting (see Figure 9). This way, you won't add length but you will...

The Knotted Pattern

I will refer to the Knotting Cords by number I - 10 according to their position from left to right. Cords will change position and number from row to row. The two halves of the bracelet, the right and left sides, will be mirror images of each other. 1. Add a seed bead to Cd 1, the first cord on the left. This cord will serve as your AC (Anchor Cord) for the first diagonal row of knots. Bring the AC down in a diagonal line toward the center and knot on Cds 2-5 to it using DHHs (Double Half I...

Making a Loop Closure

Group together the (4) 80 cords and fold in half, finding the center point of the grouped cords. Take the 92 cord and fold it in the center so that one end is 12 longer than the other. Make a LHK (Larks Head Knot) around the grouped cords at the center, making sure that the longer part of the 92 cord is on the left-hand side of the LHK. 2. rape one half of the grouped cords to the board directly above the LHK. The cords of the LHK should come out to the right and the longer of the two cords...

Beaded Loop

Choose the two colored cords that you would prefer to be the dominant colors. Set them aside for now. The third cord will be the least visible in the color scheme. Thread the 10 seed beads onto this third cord and position them at the center of the cord. Fold the cord in half so that the beads form a loop. The loop should be able to fit over the button but not too loosely. 2. Tape the loop to the board to hold it in place. Take one of the other cords and center il behind and jusl below the loop...

The Bottom Rows of Knots

Row 6 - Using Cd 5 (the 5th cord from left) as your AC, make a row ol DHHs with Cords 4,3, and 2. Omit Cd 1 from knotting (see Figures 8 & 9). 6. Row 7 - Using Cord 5 as your AC. make a row of DHHs with Coals 4, and 3. Omit Cords 1 & 2 from knotting (see Figure 9). 7. Row 8 Using Cord ft 5 as your AC. make one DHH with Cords 4. Omit Cords 1, 2, & 3 from knotting Repeat Steps I -7 on the right side of the earring (see Figure 10). 8. Row 9 - Using Cd 1 as your AC bring it diagonally...

The Center Beaded Section

I. ill read a 6mm bead onto Cords 5 & 6. They will come out of the bottom of the bead and will be used as the ACs for Row 5 on both sides of the earring (see Figure 5 and f> ) 2. Row 5 - Use Cd 5 (coming out of the bottom of the bead) as your AC for the left half of the earring and bring it diagonally out to the left Make a DHH around the AC with Cd 4. the next cord to the left (see Figure The angle of Row 5 should be the mirror image of Rows 2 I (see Figure 6). 3. Take Cd 3 and thread on...

Rows I

Row I - Attaching the cords to the jump ring 1. Using MHs (Mounting Hitches), attach 5 cords to the jump ring. If you are making Variation 2, the sequence is 1 of Color A, 1 of Color B, I of Color C, 1 of Color B and 1 of Color A. Slide a knot over the jump ring opening to hide 2. Thread a 8 seed bead onto the 2 center cords. The cords will be referred as 1-10 according to their position from left to right. Cords frequently change position and, therefore, number from row to row. 3. Pin the jump...

Adding the Center Accent Bead

Untie the beginning SLK Thread the short tail of the Runner onto an embroidery needle 3. Pass the needle between rows 3 and 1 at the center point Pull the cord through to the front. 4. Sew the cord back through between rows 4 and 5. Pull through and remove needle. 5. Thread I he long tail of the Runner onto an embroider) needle. Pass the needle between rows 4 and 5 at the center point. Pull the cord through to the iront Remove the needle and add a 3 or 4 mm bead...

The Earring

The vertical cords of this earring are attached to a metal bar with a loop at center which holds the earring wire. You can use the bar portion of a toggle clasp as long as it's the correct length (3 4 to 7 8 long) (see Figure 1 A). Another option is to make the components yourself out of wire (see Figure IB). You will need wire cutters, round nose pliers, a file or rotary tool for smoothing rough edges, a hammer, and a hammering block. It may help to practice with copper lirsl until you get it...

Embellishment Variations

Follow Parts I. 2 & 4. paying special attention to Part 1, Step 3, Variation 2. 2. In place of the embroidered star pattern, embellish the knotting bv sewing beads onto the surface. A sturdy beading needle and regular beading thread can be used for this purpose. Figure 17 shows seed beads sewn in between the rows in a staggered Starra Night pattern. 1. Follow Parts 1, 2 & 4. paying special attention to Part 1, Step 3, Variation 3. 2. Picot Beads Knot a doubled length of beading thread and...

Adding an Earring Back

Cut a square piece of thin suede, ultrasuede or other non-fray lining for each of the earrings. Make the lining slightly smaller than the knotted portion of the earring so that it doesn't show when viewed from the front. 2. Poke a hole in the very center of each lining with a narrow embroidery needle. Set aside. 3. Put a small amount of Aleene's type glue on the top area of the metal earring pad that surrounds the post. 4. Thread the earring post through the hole on the wrong side of the lining...

Adding Beads to the Fringe

A note about beads Macram cord, even micro macram Cord is too thick to fit through the holes of some beads. Many semi-precious stone beads have very tiny holes and therefore are unsuitable for stringing with 18g. nylon. See the Materials chapter for some suggestions. Below, I have outlined two ways to add beads to hanging cords to create a finished fringe. Use Option 1 if you plan to use 8 seed beads to start your fringe (you can add beads with narrower holes under the 8 beads). Use Option itl...

Rows 2

1 will refer to the 10 vertical lengths of cord as 1 10, starling from left to right (see Figure 3). I. Row 2 - Bring the AC back to the left so that it rests on top of the vertical cords. Starting with Cord 10 and working from right to left, make a row of 10 DHHs (Double Half Hitches) (see Figure 3). TIP - .Sometimes when making a row of DHHs they tend to stray from the previous row and an unwanted gap is created between the rows. To avoid this, make sure to pull the anchor cord in an upward...

Attaching the Vertical Cords

Row I - Make a SLK (Slip Knot) approx. 6 from the end of one of the Accent Color cords and pin the cord onto your board through the knot. Tape the short loose tail to the left side with masking tape to keep it out of the way. 2. Bring the lOngpr tail of the Accent Color cord, which will serve as your AC (Anchor cord or * Runner cord), horizontally to the right. Mike another SLK 3 or 4 from the first one and pin it to the hoard, creating a horizontal bar, to which you will attach the 5 Main...

Chains and Loops

I here are unlimited variations of knotted chains (also called sennits) that can be created. You have already been introduced to the Square Knot Chain. I would like to introduce you to a few more of my favorites. If you still have plenty of cord to work with on your practice piece, use that. But if you are running low on cord you can cut some pieces approx. 24 and make an OVK (see Figure 2) in the center of each. I'in through the knot and onto the board. 8. The Half Hitch Chain - Start with 2...

Stair Step Pattern

Make sure the knotting is well-pinned to Ihe board. Place a pin directly to the left of Cd 5 where it exits the DHH and bring it out horizontally to the left. It will serve as your AC for the rest of the Stair Step pattern (see Figure 5). 25. Make a horizontal row of DHHs with Gds 4,3,2, & 1. Note - The cords should form graceful semicircles between stairsteps. Don't pull them too tightly. You may want to use pins to keep Ihe cords in the right positions as you knot the next row (see...

Attaching the Warp Cords

Cavandoli Knotting Tutorial

Make .1 tight SLK Slip Knot approx. 3 from one end of the Color II cord and pin through the knot onto your board at a comfortable level for knotting. Tape the short loose tail to the left side with masking tape to keep it out of the way lor now. Bring the longer tail to the right horizontally. Some people find it helpful to make another SLK 3 or 4 from the first one and pin it to the board, creating a loose horizontal bar,to which you will attach the warp vertical cords see Figure 1 . This...

The Cavandoli Pattern

Cavandoli Style Knotting

Mow is the time to get acquainted with the graph. Each square on the graph represents one complete knot, either a DHH or a YDHH. You have already completed Row 1, a row of MTKs and Row 2, a row of horizontal DHHs. Note All of the white boxes represent horizontal DHHs. All of the colored boxes represent VDHHs. New RC is lo the rij ht of 3nl warp iiifd. New RC is lo the rij ht of 3nl warp iiifd. 5. Row 3 Bring the Runner back to the right to begin the Cavandoli pattern as illustrated on the...

Decreasing Cords

When you get to Row 13 you will omit 3 vertical cords from each side of the piece from knotting, thus gradually decreasing the width of the piece. Simply bring the Runner behind the omitted vertical cords and make a VDHH on the next vertical cord as indicated on the graph and continue knotting. The graph calls for nil DHHs between the first and last VDHH. Be sure to omit the correct number of cords on both sides of the piece. 11. When you gel to Row 15 you will omit 3 more vertical cords a...

Knotting the Pendant Pin

The wire bar which will be used for the top row of the pendant can be hammered flat and filed smooth on the ends, or just shaped on the ends with a rotary tool. 2. Row 1 - Attach the 9 Color A warp cords to the wire bar using Mounting Knots see Figure 1 . It may help to put some small pieces of tape on the ends of the wire so that the cords don't slip off. Tighten and push all the cords close together and center them on the wire. Temporarily pin it to the board by placing pins beneath the...

Part IThe Knotted Rows

Double Half Hitch Dhh

Using a single MH Mounting Hitch for each cord, attach 4 doubled lengths of Color A and 3 lengths of Color B to a jump ring. Alternate the colors in this way - Color A, B, A, B, A, B, A see Figure I . Push all cords closely together. If you are using a jump ring with a precut opening, make sure the opening is securely closed and concealed by the cords. Note - A Mounting Hitch is made by doubling a length of cord to create a horseshoe-shaped loop in the middle. Pass the loop up through the...

Step By Step Guide

Cavandoli Tapestry Knotting

Mastering a uniform knotting technique takes practice and repetition. I strongly suggest that you work through the following steps and do some sampler pieces before attempting any of the jewelry projects. You may use any of the micro cords or slightly thicker macram cord for your practice pieces. In addition to the cord, you will need a macram board and a few other general supplies see the Materials chapter for a complete list . Once you fully understand how to make each knot and have achieved...

Jewelry

Technique Micro Macrame

Tips and Techniques for Knotting with Beads Tl-ps TtcM c yit gt for kLiAsott iAsQ with Beads Introduction 4 Part Oi ve Micro Macrame basics. Chapter One - Materials for Micro- Macrani lt 7 Chapter Three I he Basic Knots a Step by Step Guide 12 Project One - Linda barrings, 3 Variations 25 Project Two Cavandoli Banner Earrings 3J Project Three - Half Moon Earrings 35 Project Four - Lantern Earrings, 2 Variations 38 Project Five - Serpentine Bracelet 42 Project Six - Anna Bracelet, 2 Variations...