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Pearl knotting

To string a knotted necklace, center a needle on a length of cord that is four times the desired finished length plus 8 in. (20cm). Tie an overhand knot at the end. String a bead tip, cup-end first, and close it around the knot. String all the pearls and the second bead tip. Push the pearls and the second bead tip toward the needle end of the cord.
Figure 1
To make a knot, loop the cord around the first three or four fingers of your nondominant hand with the bead tip end on top (Figure 1).
Figure 2
Pinch the cross between your thumb and index finger. Hold the cord circle open on your spread fingers with your palm up. Then drop the bead end of the cord through the circle into your hand (Figure 2).
Figure 3
Put a long T-pin or an awl into the loop the same way the cord goes through. Gradually tighten the loop as it slips off your fingers, keeping the awl in it. Slide the awl toward the spot where you want the knot to be as you pull the bead end of the cord in the opposite direction (Figure 3). When the knot is right against the bead tip, let the cord slip off the tip of the awl. To set the knot, pull the two cord strands in opposite directions. Slide the next bead to the knot and repeat.
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