(K)NOT Your Average Jewelry

The technique of knotting between beads (most often pearls) has been used practically since the dawn of jewelry-making; not only does it provide attractive spacing and prevent beads from rubbing up against one another, but it also prevents more than one bead from getting lost if/when the jewelry pieces breaks. We love adding knots to the jewelry we create here at Blue Door Beads, and we are always intrigued by the incredibly unique (and often amazingly complex) jewelry designs people can come up with by using just a few well-placed knots! We teach a knotting class here at the shop in which students learn to create not only decorative knots, but functional knots as well. The possibilities are endless when it comes to knotting, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite knot-based designs with you. Enjoy!

We love the simplicity of these knotted bracelets! Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu. Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu.

We love the simplicity of these knotted bracelets! Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu. Photo courtesy of The Bead Gallery in Honolulu.

This lovely gemstone necklace was knotted in a traditional style, with knots between every bead. Photo courtesy of www.sundancecatalog.com

This lovely gemstone necklace was knotted in a traditional style, with knots between every bead. Photo courtesy of http://www.sundancecatalog.com

A close-up of the Sundance gemstone necklace.

A close-up of the Sundance Catalog gemstone necklace.

This incredible micro-macrame bracelet includes prehenite and rhodochrosite accents. Photo courtesy of www.andtoad.com

This incredible micro-macrame bracelet includes prehenite and rhodochrosite accents. Photo courtesy of http://www.andtoad.com

We are always in awe of folks who create intricate, lace-like micro-macrame designs like these. Gorgeous! Photo courtesy of www.thebeadingyogini.com

We are always in awe of folks who create intricate, lace-like micro-macrame designs like these. Gorgeous! Photo courtesy of http://www.thebeadingyogini.com

Amazing earrings! Photo courtesy of www.micro-macramejewelry.com

Amazing earrings! Photo courtesy of http://www.micro-macramejewelry.com

We were obsessed with hemp jewelry in junior high, so we always enjoy a jewelry flashback! Photo courtesy of JackZenHe,mp on Etsy.

We were obsessed with making hemp jewelry in junior high, so we always enjoy a jewelry flashback! Photo courtesy of JackZenHemp on Etsy.

We love the combination of woven beads and macrame knots in this bracelet. Photo courtesy of www.knotgypsy.blogspot.com.

We found the combination of woven beads and macrame knots in this bracelet very intriguing! Photo courtesy of http://www.knotgypsy.blogspot.com.

In the case of this statement necklace, the bigger the knot, the better! Photo courtesy of ElfinaDesign on Etsy.

In the case of this statement necklace, the bigger the knot, the better! Photo courtesy of ElfinaDesign on Etsy.

Soooo many bracelets! Photo courtesy of www.peacefulpeople.com

Soooo many cool knotted & woven bracelets! Photo courtesy of http://www.peacefulpeople.com

If you get too tangled up in your cord, take a cue from this little guy & take a nap!

If you get tangled up in your cord while knotting, take a cue from this little guy & take a nap!

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