Pearl Knotting 2: Continuous Knotting
Learn how to knot continuous necklaces in this follow up to the ever-popular Pearl Knotting class.
Time & Location
This class is a follow up to our earlier Pearl Knotting classes - some experience is required.
Traditional knotting is still the best way to string pearls - or any precious vintage beads - for necklaces, bracelets, etc. Pearls are knotted for two reasons. One is for safety so that if you accidentally break the string, the pearls don't scatter everywhere. The second is to preserve the pearls themselves so that they don't rub together and damage each other. Once you know the techniques, you can restore, redesign and up-cycle heirlooms and vintage finds, or buy the exact type of new pearls to create your perfect pearl string.
In this class you will learn how to thread and knot a continuous pearl necklace, without a clasp, that you can easily put over your head. You will be using real fresh water pearls (included in your kit cost of $40) and silk thread. All the materials you will need to make a necklace of 70-80cm, your choice, will be included in your kit.
Continuous necklaces are typically longer than necklaces with a clasp, and so you will need to have taken Claudine's Pearl Knotting workshop to be proficient at knotting (but don't worry if you're a little rusty). You will be doing a lot of knots and we want you to finish the project in the class time so that you get the maximum benefit.
You will also learn a lot of pearl facts during the class and notes will be provided. Please make sure to bring a pen and your glasses if you need them. And once again, bring your sense of patience.
Date: Saturday 2 March, 2019.
Time: 1:30pm - 5pm
Materials fee: $40 to be paid to tutor to cover cost of kit (includes freshwater pearls, thread, & other findings).
What to bring:
- Notebook and pen
- Glasses or magnification if required for close work.
Guest Tutor: Claudine McPherson has been threading pearls for 25 years and currently does all the stringing and repairs for Ashburton Jewellery in High Street, Ashburton. Claudine's pearl jewellery is ever-popular in Opendrawer's shop.
Pictured: Pearl knotting images provided by Claudine McPherson