Knotting Techniques for Beading Add Contentment

Knotting beads never appealed to me. Until recently.

I discovered knots add a contemporary touch to a classic style.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Knotted Pearls 51” necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Knotted Pearls 51” necklace

These pearls, one example of my experiment, make a one-of-a-kind statement.

Knots space the pearls, allowing each one to shine and be admired. Gray silk thread complements a pink and burgundy pearl cast.

The finish is quality, expensive and yet, fun.

The pearls seem to float around the neck.

Most of the necklaces made with this technique are long. This necklace is 51” which allows the wearer to wrap it two or even three times.

In addition to a new look, bead knotting offers several benefits.

The rhythmic, repetitive movement allows me to switch off my mind and relax into the moment.

Any tension in the body melts away. I’m reminded of the basketweave stitch in needlepoint.

Like needlepoint, knotting can be meditative. Some refer to the mindfulness of repetitive practices such as this. I find knotting helps me ignore petty issues.

It also increases creativity.

An afternoon spent knotting increases exponentially the number of design ideas when I sit down with a sketch pad and pencil.

Knotting satisfies my love of texture and I fly through knotting projects of leather,  and other fibers producing mixed media completions perfect for spring and summer and my new t-shirt collection.

The bottom line: what’s NOT to like about KNOTTING?