Crochet, Knitting, Kumihimo, Macrame, Viking Knit,
& Other Fiber Craft-Inspired Projects for Jewelry
(Missing project photos coming soon.)

 

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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Scissors, Blunt yarn needle, Round-nose pliers, Chain-nose pliers,

Wire flush cutters, Clipboard.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 111

 

 

Kumihimo Bracelet
Basic Kumihimo Braid Bracelet

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

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Scissors, Ruler, 8 flexible bobbins, 1 oz. fishing weight, Large safety pin,
Kumihimo disk.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 201

 

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Kumihimo Bracelet with Seed Beads

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

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Scissors, Ruler, Wire flush cutters, 8 flexible bobbins, 1 oz. fishing weight,
Large safety pin, Kumihimo disk, Chain-nose pliers, Round-nose pliers.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 191

 

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Kumihimo Pendant Necklace Cord w/Metal Findings

Learn to make a kumihimo cord using soutache cord and use it to hang your most beautiful pendants.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Kumihimo disc, Large safety pin, preferably coil-less,
1 oz. fishing weight, Ruler, Scissors, 8 flexible bobbins (optional),
2 chain-nose pliers (if using jump rings), Split-ring pliers (if using split rings).

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 214

 

 

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Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet

Learn basic kumihimo braiding and then incorporate metal beads to create this beautiful bracelet.

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Scissors or thread nippers, Wire flush cutters, Clipboard,
Kumihimo disk, 1 oz. Fishing weight, Large coil-less safety pin, 8 flexible bobbins, Ruler,
Chain-nose pliers.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 202

 

 

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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. Afjustable length optional.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Size F or G crochet hook, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire flush cutters, scissors, heavy wire cutters.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 27


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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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Size F or G crochet hook, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire flush cutters, scissors, heavy wire cutters.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 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!

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Spool knitter and knitting tool, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire flush cutters, heavy wire cutters.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Spool knitter and knitting tool, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, wire flush cutters, heavy wire cutters, scissors.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 208

 

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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.

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, nylon-jaw pliers.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 119

 

 

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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.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard, 2 paper clips.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 56

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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.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard, 2 paper clips.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 60

 

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

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

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 80

 

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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.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard, 2 paper clips.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 158

 

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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.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 176

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Macrame Square Knot Bracelet with Side Beads

Another way to incorporate beads into your macrame jewelry projects. Macrame slide closure.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed: Scissors, clipboard, 2 paper clips.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 177

 

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

Description of Project:

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 210

 

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Wire Macrame Bracelet with Side Beads on Metal Bangle

Description of Project:

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 221

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Crocheted Cord Necklace, with Beads or Buttons

Description of Project:

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 230

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

Description of Project:

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 239

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

Description of Project:

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 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.

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Crochet hook, wire flush cutters, round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 257

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Double Shamballa Bracelet with Sliding Macrame Closure

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

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, bailing pliers, nylon-jaw pliers, Lazee-Daizee Viking Knit tool.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s):261

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Macrame on Flat Leather, with Beads

Learn the basic macrame square knot and use it, combined with beads to make this stylish bracelet.

Level: Beginner

Tools Needed:

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 251

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Bead Embroidery Bib Necklace on Felt

Description of project:

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Wire side cutters, Medium Crimping Pliers

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project Number(s): 147

 

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Wire Braiding or Weaving/Woven Wire Bracelet

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

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: Chain-nose pliers, Round-nose pliers, Wire flush-cutters, spring clamp,

nylon-jaw pliers.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 171

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Wooden Ring Clamp Woven Wire Earrings

Learn wooden ring clamp weaving and use it to make stepped earrings.

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, wooden ring clamp, nylon-jaw pliers.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s):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.

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, bailing pliers, nylon-jaw pliers, Lazee-Daizee Viking Knit tool.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s):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.

Level: Advanced

Tools Needed: Chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, nylon-jaw pliers, chasing hammer, steel bench block.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: 2 pairs of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, bailing pliers, nylon-jaw pliers, chasing hammer, steel bench block, Lazee-Daizee Viking Knit tool, drawplate.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: 2 pairs of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, bailing pliers, nylon-jaw pliers, Lazee-Daizee Viking Knit tool, drawplate, wire coiling tool.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 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.

Level: Intermediate

Tools Needed: 2 pairs of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, wire flush-cutters, bailing pliers, nylon-jaw pliers, chasing hammer, steel bench block, Lazee-Daizee Viking Knit tool, drawplate, wire coiling tool.

(All tools will be available for purchase in class at a reduced price)

Project number(s): 228