Get all knotted up! This fun guide has all the information you need to make your own jewelry using knotting techniques. You’ll learn how to evaluate, select, and care for pearls and gemstones; how to select findings and tools; the pros and cons of different stringing materials; and much more. Clear step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions show you exactly how to knot between beads and attach various types of clasps and finishes. You’ll soon be crafting beautiful, ready-to-wear pieces.
About the Author
Carson Eddy is the owner of The Boston Bead Company, with stores in Cambridge and Salem, Massachusetts. The Boston Bead Company offers an extensive calendar of classes and in-store demonstrations and maintains an online resource center, beadOpedia.
Co-author Rachael Evans has been a bead buyer, manager, and jewelry designer at The Boston Bead Company over the course of 12 years.
Co-author Kate Feld has worked as store manager and is currently the staff designer of The Boston Bead Company.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter One: Knotting Cords Nylon and Silk - Other Types of Cord Chapter Two: Cord Ends and Clasps Cord Ends - Clasps and Rings Chapter Three: Tools Knotting Tools - Beading Tools - Work Area Chapter Four: Knotting Techniques Prestretching Silk Cord - Basic Knots - Cord End Techniques - Knotting Between Beads - Finishing Techniques Chapter Five: About Pearls Pearl Types - Pearl Quality - Care of Pearls Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have taught myself how to do many craft projects. Scrapbooking, quilting, calligraphy... But, I have always struggled with helping my children make beaded necklaces. I was very excited to get this book and the other two in the series, Wirework Techniques and Stringing Techniques. These are fairly small books (probably 5 x 7 inches) and thin (about 1/4"). But, they are packed with great information! Sometimes it is true that great things come in small packages... Storey published three books by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld. They answered so many questions I've had over the years, but have felt silly for wanting to ask! I know many people like websites and youtube, but I'm still partial to books. There are a few reasons why. #1 All the information is in one place--ONE place. I don't have to click around searching for what I can't figure out. It's all there. #2 I don't have to sit in front of my computer. I spend enough time in front of this thing as it is! #3 I am less distractable... Oh, what's that other page talking about? Do I need to read that first? Oh, that looks more interesting... you get the idea. There's always something else to look at on the interest and so it's easy to miss out on enjoying what's right in front of me. Those are just a few of my reasons, but basically, I love books. I prefer books. And these three are great books that helped me understand how to make jewelry far better than the information I've found on the internet. But, back to these books. This book, Knotting Techniques, covers cords, clasps, tools, knotting techniques, and pearls. When using this book (and the others for that matter), you'll want to use either a cookbook holder or a heavy object to keep the book propped open while you work. The square knot directions were easy to follow and I was very thankful for the information about adjustable ways to end a necklace. I had always wanted to know how to do this! If you're interested in beading, but don't have the time to take a class, these books would be a great place to start beyond making a simple string with beads and tying it in a knot. I think these books are a great introduction for the crafty person who wants to start beading. But, they will give you information and techniques that you can do an amazing amount with! Please note that I received complimentary copies of these three books for review from Storey Publishing.
This book is very good for the beginner. It has all the basic information you need to know to get started It has chapters on Knotting Cords, Cord Ends & Clasps, Tools, Knotting Techniques and a chapter about Pearls.