|The basic knot for terminating stringing material. This knot lets you end your piece for use with a bead tip. You can also use this knot to connect threads going in the same direction. For example, this is how you tie the threads together when starting a kumihimo piece.
How: Make a loop with the thread or group of threads, and pass the end through the loop. Pull to tighten.
|This knot is what we recommend when you're ending a piece made with elastic cord, or any other slippery stringing material. The surgeon's knot is basically a square knot with an extra twist; providing more friction and therefore more security.
How: Bring the left cord over and around the right cord twice. Cross the right cord over the left cord, through the loop and pull to tighten.
How: Fold your length of cord in half, pass the fold through the hole of your component, then pass the ends of the cord through the loop.
|This knot allows you to create necklaces and bracelets that are conveniently adjustable in length. Since a clasp isn't needed, this is a great technique when you're making pieces for those with metal allergies.|
|This knot is generally used for decorative purposes, as it's not very secure. You might want to use this in macramé designs for an extra flair.
How: Pass one "working" cord behind and around one "anchor" cord forming a loop. Continue to pass the working cord through the loop then pull the cord tight. Repeat to wrap the same working cord around the anchor cord to create a double half-hitch knot.
Tip: Form a half-hitch or double half-hitch knot between strung beads, using the length of stringing cord as an anchor, to cushion the beads and as a decorative element.
|This is a somewhat secure knot that most already know. Remember the rhyme? Right over left, left over right makes a square knot nice and tight. Because this knot is designed to be easily untied, you may only want to use this in low-strain applications. This can be used to temporarily connect two cords together but is more often seen as a decorative knot in macramé. You might recognize this look from parachute bracelets and shamballa-style bracelets.|
Pass strand 1 over the anchor strands then pass strand 4 over strand 1, under the anchor strands and up through the loop (created by strand 1) then pull snug. (This is a half knot.)
Pass strand 4 over the anchor strands then pass strand 1 over strand 4, under the anchor strands and up through the loop (created by strand 4) then pull snug.
Note: You must alternate starting with strand 1 then strand 4 to get a flat pattern. If you start consistently with the same strand, the pattern will twist.
|Similar to an adjustable knot, a fisherman's knot is used to securely join two pieces of thread together. Used often by seasoned anglers, the fisherman's knot is simple to tie--consisting of two overhand knots that are pulled together to tighten.|
|This knot can be used to add decoration to a material, such as a pendant or bangle. You can also use this to create a different style of adjustable knot; just perform the steps around two cords that have been knotted at the tips like with the adjustable knot.
How: Cut a length of cord, about 10 inches; this is your binding cord.
Make an approximately 3/4 inch loop on one end of the cord. Place the loop parallel to the end of the cord(s) you are wrapping then hold it in place with your non-dominate thumb.
Wrap the loose end of the binding cord around the cord(s) and loop. Continue to make several wraps, making sure not to completely covering the loop.
Thread the end of the binding cord back through the loop and pull both ends tight to secure. Trim excess thread from the binding cord.
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