Thursday, December 29, 2016

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10 - Owl Forest Knotted Necklace

This has been my favorite necklace for the last few months. It matches all my winter clothes, it feels great to wear and I just love anything with an owl on it. The design is a breeze to whip up and I made several variations.

Pewter owl charm
Polymer clay oblong bead
12mm lampwork bead
10mm ceramic round bead
8mm polymer clay wobble
66 11/0 nickel seed beads
200 4mm cube seed beads
48" Irish waxed linen
22mm leaf button

I always over estimate how much linen to use, better to have too much than not enough!

For this project I used 8 different colors of cube seed beads with different finishes like metallic, matte metallic and transparent. 

Necklace length: 28" long 


1. Fold the linen cord in half, insert the end loop through the pendant. Open the loop and pull the cord through the loop to create a lark's knot. Create a knot above the pendant.

2. String on the oblong bead, create an overhand knot. String on the ceramic and wobble bead, knotting between each bead. Create a knot on top of the wobble.

3. Separate the two cords. On one cord string a nickel seed bead, 10 square beads, one nickel seed bead. Knot the cord. Repeat the pattern 9 more times. 

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4. String on 26 seed beads, form into a loop and tie the loop with a simple knot. Knot the cord 2-3 more times to create a secure loop. Trim excess linen cord.

5. Repeat the pattern on the other side of the necklace. String on the button and loop the cord 2-3 times through the button before trying a knot under the button, securing it tightly to the necklace. Tie 2-3 more knots under the button. Trim excess cord.

Resources: Owl, waxed linen, cube seed beads, nickel seed beads and leaf button: Lima Beads. Lampwork: Julie Miller. Ceramic: White Clover Kiln. Polymer Clay Beads: Humblebeads. (I'll have more soon!) 

Deer pendants from Allegory Gallery

1 comment:

Gloria Allen said...

Love the style of pendants and cant wait to try some. Thanks for the tutorial, yours are so lovely.