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Brilliant Knit Beads taught by Betsy Hershberg

Author and self-described "left-brained knitter" Betsy Hershberg shows you how to knit unique jewelry pieces from glittering seed beads and delicious yarns.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Knitting
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Funky
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What materials did you use? Just Our Yarn "Almaza" tencel, Kreinik "Silk Serica" thread, Japanese glass seed beads, Jasper beads, Shell Pearls, Bakelite/Sterling Silver Clasp

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What are you most proud of? I made most of the wrappers without graphing out the designs in advance. Trying to be less controlling and make more choices on the fly. I'm really inspired by the work of friend, fellow teacher and wonderful designer Myra Wood. We often describe ourselves as the yin and yang of design. I can usually be found in the organized, symmetrical left side of the brain, while she usually hangs out in the organic, free flowing right side. It felt good to cross over a little bit! It felt right to name this necklace for her.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a one of a kind piece, but the techniques used to make the knitted beads are all taught in this class. Put things together in a way that pleases YOU. As I always say, playing is the way to go. Play. Knit. Create. And have fun!

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Also check out online sites. Found some on Oriental Trading. If you type wood craft beads into your search engine, you'll find multiple websites to browse for different sizes and shapes. Found excellent website for the seed beads too:

01/05/2014 Flag

Your work is so incredibly beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your techniques and your creative insights with us!

03/09/2014 Flag

Love this necklace and it's oriental look. Are all these beads made with a wooden bead base inside, also the long ones?

11/01/2014 Flag

My apologies for missing your question!! Better late than never? In this piece, all of the beads with knitting DO have wooden beads inside, even the long ones. Those are often called "rice beads" as the shape resembles a grain of rice. The brown shiny "beads" are shell pearls and the smaller, rounds beads are semi-precious stones (Jasper). Hope this helps!

10/16/2015 Flag

Wow... just speechless....

08/05/2015 Flag

Thank you so much! There's a bit of a story behind this one. If you are interested in learning it, go here: and scroll down to the entry on 5/21/2013 I learned a lot in the making of this necklace. Always more to learn...... :-)))

10/16/2015 Flag