Over a year ago, my mom bought a necklace at an antiques store made of gorgeous faceted amber glass beads. Love! She wanted to restring it, but nothing she tried suited her. So I suggested knotting it, and then I held her beads hostage. At first I thought it would be nice to knot on silk, but I find silk difficult to work with. Then I thought about waxed linen but worried the bead holes wouldn’t be big enough. Well, this weekend, I finally checked. Regular 4-ply waxed linen was slightly too small and the beads were able to slip over the knots. However, I had some burnt orange linen in 5-ply – perfect!
I decided to bring the project down and do it in the living room. My bead table has gotten to quite a state (again) so the living room floor was a much better choice. The cat liked it at first because she thought each time I made a knot and the cord flipped toward her, that it was time to play.
After I explained the cord was not for her, she deigned to stay with me, but went to sleep. It didn’t take long to knot this necklace, and I feel a bit silly for stalling so long. But I have only recently become pretty confident in my knotting. It’s one thing to make things for myself, but it is more stressful to make for others. Even now, I forgot not to knot the last bead on each side so I could reserve that for the closing knot. I opened them, but it’s never the same, and the knot is bigger than I’d like. It’s fine for me, but I’m going to emphasize to my mom that I will be happy to restring. (Mom, I’m happy to restring!)
Then, as long as I was in knotting mode, I decided to break out some Czech glass and a YUMMEEz focal by Yvonne Irvin-Faus of My Elements and knot something colorful for myself.
It was fun to use so many of my beautiful beads, although I never end up making necklaces like the ones I admire because I use too many different elements. I still love it and can always make something toned down another time.