Crochet, Knitting, Kumihimo, Macrame, & Other Fiber Techniques

My first love in crafts was working with fibers. I majored in Textile Design in college at Rhode Island School of Design, and I later worked with hand weavers while I was in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Since then, I have turned my attention and passion towards making jewelry, but the influence of my fibers background has remained strong.

Some of my favorite techniques for making jewelry are those which are inspired by fiber crafts. Macrame, netting, crochet and knitting are some examples of this. Some of these techniques are worked in actual fibers, and others substitute wire "fiber" for cloth. Below is a list of projects I teach that utilize these techniques.

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Knotless Netting Pouch Necklace

Learn the ancient art of knotless netting and use it to make a pouch necklace, decorated with beads.

Project number: 111

Kumihimo Bracelet
Basic Kumihimo Braid Bracelet

Learn basic kumihimo braiding & create a simple, but attractive bracelet.

Project number: 201

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Kumihimo Bracelet with Seed Beads

Learn basic kumihimo braiding and incorporate seed beads for a fully beaded bracelet.

Project number: 191

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Kumihimo Pendant Necklace Cord w/Metal Findings

Learn to make a kumihimo cord using luxurious soutache cord, along with kumihimo finishing techniques, and and use the finished braid to hang your most beautiful pendants.

Project number: 214

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Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet

Learn basic kumihimo braiding and incorporate graduated sizes of metal beads to create this beautiful bracelet.

Project number: 202

 

 

 

 

Crocheted Fishing Line Multi-Strand Necklace, with beads & cones

Learn to use a basic crochet stitch to create a multi-strand "illusion" necklace on nearly-invisible cord. Put the strands together with cones and a clasp. Adjustable length optional.

Project Number: 27

 

 

 

Crocheted Wire, Multi-Strand Necklace, with beads & conesplain or braided chained strands

Learn to use a basic crochet stitch to create a multi-strand necklace on thin wire. Put the strands together with cones and a clasp. Afjustable length optional. An alternate version with braided strands will also be taught.

Project Number: 26

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Spool Knitting with Wire & Beads

Learn the traditional technique of spool knitting. Insert beads and add cone endings: Voila: Beautiful necklace!

Project Number: 105

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Spool Knitting with Fishing Line & Seed Beads or other small beads

This is a completely different look in spool knitting. The cords are nearly invisible and the beads appear to be floating. Learn cone and clasp ending.

Project Number: 208

Knotless Netting with Thin Wire

Learn the traditional art of knotless netting and use it to form a delicate basket for a stone or other object, then hang from a chain to create a necklace.

Project number: 119

 

 

 

Strung Beads Bracelet or Necklace w/Macramé Square Knots Slide Closure

Everyone wants to learn this sliding macrame closure! Here, you will us it in its simplest form, with strung beads, to make a bracelet or necklace.

Project Number: 56

 

 

 

Macrame Square Knot &/or Half Knot bracelet or necklace with or without center beads

Learn the basics of macrame square knots and how to incorporate beads into your macrame jewelry projects. The macrame slide closure will also be taught.

Project Number: 60

 

 

 

Dense, Double Half-Hitch Bracelet (Not Your Grandaughter’s Friendship Bracelet)

A new, sophisticated twist on the popular friendship bracelet, with button closure. For adults only!

Project Number: 80

 

 

 

Beaded Macrame bracelet with side dangles

Another way to incorporate beads into your macrame jewelry projects. This one has soooo many possibilities! Macrame slide closure.

Project Number: 151

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Openwork Half-Hitch Bracelet with beads

A completely different macrame knot, with infinite possibilities! Incorporate beads and finish with a button closure.

Project Number: 158

 

 

 

Macrame-Surrounded Bead Necklace or multi-wrap bracelet, with foldover crimp & clasp closure or button clasp

Take the basic macrame square knot jewelry to a new level with this necklace or multi-wrap bracelet.

Project Number: 176

 

 

 

Macrame Square Knot Bracelet with Side Beads

Another way to incorporate beads into your macrame jewelry projects. Learn the ever-useful macrame square knot and how to work beads into the sides of your bracelet. Finish the bracelet with the popular sliding macrame closure.

Project Number: 177

 

 

 

 

Macrame Square Knot Bracelet w/center beads & Sliding Square Knot Closure – beads all through OR just one main, large one

Learn the popular macrame square knot and incorporate beads through the center of the knotted piece. Finish with the popular sliding square knot closure.

Project Number: 210

 

 

 

Wire Macrame Bracelet with Side Beads on Metal Bangle

Learn the macrame square knot and use it in a whole new way! Use a metal bangle base surrounded by wire knots and beads. Not your typical macrame jewelry!

Project Number: 274

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Multi-Strand Macrame Bracelet with Horn Ring Toggle
Closure

Learn how to incorporate additional strands into a macrame project and finish with a horn ring toggle closure.

Project Number: 221

 

 

 

Crocheted Cord Necklace, with Beads or Buttons

Learn to apply the basic crochet chain to jewelry-making and make a multi-strand necklace adorned with beads or buttons. Finish with the very useful cone ending.

Project Number: 230

Crocheted Wire Bracelet with Slide-Lock Clasp, with or without Beads

Learn to crochet with fine wire and create an unusual crocheted bracelet. Choose to adorn your bracelet with beads or simply appreciate the beauty of wir crochet.

Project Number: 239

 

 

 

Circular Crocheted Wire Earrings, Single or Multiple, with or without Beads

Apply your crochet skills to work with fine wire and learn to make a circular wire crochet piece that will make a beautiful pair of earrings, with or without bead adornments.

Project Number: 240

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Crocheted Wire Pendant Necklace with Circles & Bead Dangles

Learn to crochet in the round and then make single- or multiple-circle motif pendants to create a beautiful and very unusual necklace. The hanging piece of the necklace is a crocheted, beaded chain.

Project Number: 257

 

 

 

Double Shamballa Bracelet with Sliding Macrame Closure

Learn this unusual knotting technique and create a beautiful, beaded bracelet, finished with the popular sliding macrame closure.

Project number: 273

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Macrame on Flat Leather, with Beads

Learn the basic macrame square knot and use it, combined with bead sliders, to make this stylish bracelet on 10mm. flat leather.

Project Number: 251

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Bead Embroidery Bib Necklace on Felt

Learn sewing skills to create this beautiful and detailed, beaded felt bib necklace

Project Number: 147

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Wire Braiding or Weaving/Woven Wire Bracelet

Another intricate but not-as-difficult-as-it looks form of braiding or weaving with wire. Many different looks are possible with this technique, depending on strand count.

Project number: 171

 

 

Wooden Ring Clamp Woven Wire Earrings

Learn wooden ring clamp weaving and use it to make multi-level earrings.

Project number:188

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Viking Knit Caged Stone Pendant

Use the ancient art of Viking Knit to create a beautiful "cage" for the stone of your choice.

Project number:261

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Spider Web Woven Wire Pendant or Basket

Learn spider web wire weaving and use it to make a cool pendant, or go crazy and continue to complete a beautiful wire basket.

Project number: 203

woven wire basket

Viking Knit Bangle
Viking Knit Beaded Bangle Bracelet w/hand-hammered clasp

Learn the ancient Viking Knit technique and use it to adorn this beaded bangle bracelet.

Project number: 219

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Viking Knit Necklace with Beads and Chain

Learn the ancient Viking Knit technique and use it to create this beautiful necklace. You will also learn to make coiled wire end caps.

Project number: 224

Viking Knit with Coiled Wire Cones
Viking Knit Bracelet with Coiled Wire Cone End Caps

Learn the ancient Viking Knit technique and use it to create this beautiful bracelet. You will also learn to make coiled wire end caps.

Project number: 228