How to Make Different Knots for Jewelry/Accessory Design

A list of basic knots used for making knotted jewelry and accessories.

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How to Make Different Knots for Jewelry/Accessory Design
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Common materials for making knotted jewelry and accessories are: embroidery floss, cotton braiding cord, hemp and silk rattail cord. You will also need something to secure your work, such as...

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A safety pin or clipboard. I recommend a clipboard (with a ruler if possible) I also highly recommend the kind with the strait flat clip rather than the bent kind. This makes for straiter knotting.

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You may want to use other findings, such as jump rings or clasps. If you'd like to see a guide on adding those let me know! 😃let's get started!!

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Please take note that I do not tie like this generally, as you practice your hands will fall into a comfortable pattern, for the sake of teaching I tried to slow it down and clearly show the steps.

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Here's the list, ignore the arrow that's for later lol.

Here's the list, ignore the arrow that's for later lol.

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Overhand: make a loop and pinch with fingers, tail end crossing over the long end. Put the tail through the loop from the back and pull tight. This is a basic knot used for beginning and ending.

Overhand: make a loop and pinch with fingers, tail end crossing over the long end. Put the tail through the loop from the back and pull tight. This is a basic knot used for beginning and ending.

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Make a loop, tail end on top.

Make a loop, tail end on top.

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Put tail through loop from behind.

Put tail through loop from behind.

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Pull tight. This can be done with and number of 'strings'. To get a tight overhand knot using multiple strings, tug on each tail separately after you've tied your knot.

Pull tight. This can be done with and number of 'strings'. To get a tight overhand knot using multiple strings, tug on each tail separately after you've tied your knot.

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Larkshead: (I sound like darth vader... Sorry lol) fold your strings, usually in half, forming a loop. Place behind the object your tying over. Bring tail ends up in front of the object and through...

Larkshead: (I sound like darth vader... Sorry lol) fold your strings, usually in half, forming a loop. Place behind the object your tying over. Bring tail ends up in front of the object and through...

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... The loop. Pull tight. This knot is usually used for securing strands to a rod or key ring amongst other things.

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Fold and create loop. Place behind the object.

Fold and create loop. Place behind the object.

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Bring the tails up and over the object and through the loop.

Bring the tails up and over the object and through the loop.

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Pull tight and arrange to your preference. I usually prefer this side.

Pull tight and arrange to your preference. I usually prefer this side.

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Slip knot: holding your desired SLIDING end over your fingers, make a loop over your forefinger, twist and pinch. You want the sliding end On top. Using your forefinger pull up a second loop...

Slip knot: holding your desired SLIDING end over your fingers, make a loop over your forefinger, twist and pinch. You want the sliding end On top. Using your forefinger pull up a second loop...

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... Through the first loop, you'll make this with the sliding string. Hold the stationary string firmly pulling it away from your loop/knot. Adjust loop to desired size. This is one of the most useful

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Knots you'll ever use, but it's also one of the most difficult to explain. I have seen many techniques for slip knots but I only make them this way.

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Make a loop with sliding end on top.

Make a loop with sliding end on top.

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Pull sliding side partially through, making a loop and not pulling the tail end through.

Pull sliding side partially through, making a loop and not pulling the tail end through.

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Pull the stationary string tight and adjust as desired.

Pull the stationary string tight and adjust as desired.

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Forward knot: with your left string cross over and in front of your right string, this is usually referred to as a '4'. Bring the tail end behind and through the space created between the two strings.

Forward knot: with your left string cross over and in front of your right string, this is usually referred to as a '4'. Bring the tail end behind and through the space created between the two strings.

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Pull up and to the right. This knot is usually done in sets of two in order to create a 'full' forward knot. Backward knots are done in the exact reverse.

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Cross left over right.

Cross left over right.

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Put tail end under right string and through space.

Put tail end under right string and through space.

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Pull up and to the right, repeat Once for a full forward knot.

Pull up and to the right, repeat Once for a full forward knot.

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A loose picture to show how it wraps around.

A loose picture to show how it wraps around.

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Backward knot: exact reverse of a forward knot. Right over left.

Backward knot: exact reverse of a forward knot. Right over left.

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Under and through.

Under and through.

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Pull tight up and to the left. Repeat once for a full backward knot.

Pull tight up and to the left. Repeat once for a full backward knot.

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There are also two knots used in macramé style knotting called a forward backward knot (fbk) and a backward forward knot (bfk). These are fairly self explanatory. Using the same string, you would make

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One half of a fk and then one half of a bk. one half being a 'single' knot instead of the 'full' knot you create when you usually make a fk or bk.

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I hope this helps you in all of your accessory making endeavors! Let me know if there are any other knotting tutorials you'd be interested in seeing! Thanks for viewing!! 😄

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