Thursday, January 15, 2009

How To Make A Ribbon Tied Necklace

This necklace used some of Elaine's lovely lentil beads strung on waxed Irish linen to create a peaceful design. The silk dupioni ribbon is adjustable. I'd wear it long-ish, but you could tie it up closer to your neck and have a dramatic bow at your hairline. That would be lovely in the summer with a linen tank. Tied as shown the length is about 17 inches, but you could wear it as long as 30 inches if you prefer.

I have mixed colors of beads in this design. You could use all one style or even use another type of bead. Imagine large pieces of carnelian knotted and strung this way, or wooden beads, or large glass pearls. Lovely.

For the full directions you can visit the tutorials page at We have lots of Elaine's beads on line or you can see her in person at her bead trunk show, Friday and Saturday, March 13th and 14th at Ornamentea in Raleigh.

Elaine's glazes are so beautifully mixed and applied. She loves clay and loves the chemical magic that occurs when glazes meet heat and you can tell when you look at her beads.