Beginning Beading Video – Classic Knotted Silk Pearl Necklace

If you’ve never made a classic knotted silk pearl necklace, you’re in luck. We have a how-to video you can watch anytime that is like a Beading 101 class. It’s short and sweet, and you can watch it as many times as you need to complete your first masterpiece.

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Are you ready to learn? Good. Meet Mona, who taught me almost everything I know about beading techniques over the years. She is the enabler to my beading habit – my mentor. Now that she’s “gone video,” it’s like she’s the beading doctor who makes house calls at all hours.

Follow the steps in this tutorial video on classic silk knotting technique, a perfect place for beginners. Silk knotting is the essential technique for stringing pearls and other precious stones, because it prevents them from rubbing against one another and being damaged by that friction. You can also use this beading method with any small-holed beads to achieve this classic necklace design.

In 2001, I broke my treasured pearl necklace that my mother had given me. I took it to my local bead store to see if they could repair it for me. The woman who helped me at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry told me, “Yes, we can fix it, but you’re in luck. We have a class today starting at one o’clock for just this technique. Wouldn’t you like to learn how to restring this yourself?”

I was totally caught off guard. In the next few seconds, all I could think about was that I had no intention of fixing this myself. The woman behind the counter looked directly into my eyes, unflinching, like this was the most logical question in the world. A stranger, she obviously had no idea how lame I was. I wear jewelry, I don’t make it! I so wanted to believe her and trust in my own ability. I could feel my face starting to flush with embarrassment. How would I tell her that it NEVER occurred to me to fix it myself, but I was prepared to pay good money to have an expert repair it?

Instead, I answered, “Sure. That sounds great! I’ll be back at one o’clock.” I walked out feeling silly.

“I don’t have to go to that stupid class, even though I’ve already paid for it. Why did I agree to this? What a hassle! Now I have to cancel my plans for this afternoon,” I thought. And it was something really urgent, too, like navel-gazing or a long nap or something equally important. Darn it!

I still laugh about the gamble I took on myself that day. That quick but painful decision to give something new a try and take a chance on myself changed my life. I still remember that motivation I muster every time I now take a new beading class, try a new technique or trouble-shoot a jewelry project that’s proving more difficult than expected. I’m no longer a fish out of water.

by Margit

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