Project Description

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. 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!

What you will need

  • Just Our Yarn "Almaza" tencel
  • Kreinik "Silk Serica" thread
  • Japanese glass seed beads
  • Jasper beads
  • Shell Pearls
  • Bakelite/Sterling Silver Clasp

Q&A with Betsy Hershberg

Tourmaline asked:
Betsy Hershberg answered:
Thank you Tourmaline!
faithintaos asked:
Betsy this piece is a real stunner! I love the colors and the different shapes of the knitted beads. A true creation that must be really fun to wear! Thanks for sharing...
Betsy Hershberg answered:
Hey Faith! How are you and what are YOU up to? Thanks for the kind words. It IS fun to wear. :-)
Picturestitch asked:
I would love to have this pattern. How do I get it?
Betsy Hershberg answered:
Hi Picture! Sorry to disappoint, but this necklace is part of my on-of-a-kind collection for sale so no pattern is available. But all the techniques I used to create the wrappers are taught in this class. So there is SOME good news... ;-)
acereta asked:
Love this necklace and it's oriental look. Are all these beads made with a wooden bead base inside, also the long ones?
Betsy Hershberg answered:
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!

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