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Silk wrapped & knit bead necklace

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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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Category Knitting
Type Accessory
Yarn Weight Light Fingering (3 ply), Fingering (4 ply), Other
Sizing Women
Style Whimsical, Romantic, Eco-Friendly
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What needles did you use? US 1 / 2.25 mm / UK 13

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What materials did you use? Hand dyed silk ribbon wrapped around wood beads, knit beads and beaded knit beads. Magnetic clasp.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? What's nice about this combination is that the silk wrapped beads are very quick to make and the silk doubles as the stringing material, so even though the knit beads take a long time to make, it's not that time consuming even though it's quite a long necklace.

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Wow! Okay, I need to know more about this piece. How much fun is this? :-))) Can you explain a bit more about how you used the silk ribbon to wrap the beads? And I'm assuming that you used a separate piece of ribbon on which to string these beads, yes? Correct me if I'm wrong. Love your creativity and it looks like your bead knitting/wrapping technique is first rate as well.This is just wonderful. Brava!

03/18/2014 Flag

Thanks so much for your encouragement, Betsy. I began with a long piece of silk ribbon & pulled the thread through the bead leaving only enough to knot & have a bit of length left. Then I kept running the silk ribbon through the bead center while wrapping the bead, overlapping the ribbon on each pass a pinch so no wood would show through. On the last pass through, I made sure to come out of the opposite side of the bead from that initial length. That left me with some ribbon on both ends. Sometimes I used that to tie with an adjoining bead's ribbon to have a knot and some bit of ribbon free, & if I used a long enough length of ribbon initially, I'd knot that to the next bead & also run it through the next bead as the stringing material. The challenge was that the bead holes were rough and would tear the ribbon if it I did too many passes through it.

03/19/2014 Flag

I would have preferred a larger hole to begin with, but I don't have a drill to make that happen so I just am limited by the bead hole size & the various width of the ribbon I used. I used a crimp on the end connected to a magnetic clasp with a jump ring. The necklace was light so a magnetic clasp was fine`. I left a little more ribbon at the clasp ends to "cover" that area a little when wearing it. The wrapping of the beads took literally less than five minutes each, and the silk ribbon is pretty strong so a good square knot was ample to hold it all. I didn't tighten the knots until the end so I could move things around while assembling. Once I was happy with the placement, I tightened the knots up and trimmed the hanging ribbons to a length I thought looked best. So easy.

03/19/2014 Flag

When I wrote "thread" I meant "silk ribbon" that was being used to both wrap the bead and function as the stringing material or thread. If my description wasn't clear, I can try to send you a short video. Let me know if you'd like me to do that. You're terrific.

03/19/2014 Flag

Oh my gosh! gorgeous. I am a jewelry maker and have signed up for the knitting beads course. This is a definite hot item!

03/23/2014 Flag