Sunday, May 1, 2011

Celtic Knot Loomed Necklace

Full length Celtic knot loomed necklace
This past week I have exchanged comments with Gwen Fisher on a variety of topics including loomed bead work and Celtic knots.   Gwen created a short video showing how she creates Celtic knots.  I wish I had seen something like this when I was painstakingly graphing this necklace. 

I love this necklace.  I love the colors: amber beads with an iris finish, silver hued dark green, and ivory colored beads with a pearl finish.  I love the crystals and pearls of the fringe.  I revel in the feel of this necklace; it is smooth and silky to the hand and let me tell you that fringe is great fun to play with when you are wearing the necklace

What I don’t like about this necklace is the length.  From end to end this necklace is 27 inches.  When I designed this necklace I counted the rows of another loomed piece.  What I didn’t count on is that my size 11 beads were larger than the beads in the necklace I used to calculate the number of rows I would need. 

Despite the length, and my short stature, I wear this necklace on occasion.

For those of you with an interest in extraordinary loomed pieces, please see Erin's blog: Beads Beading Beaded.  I guarantee you will be inspired.

Following are more pictures of my loomed necklace.  Click on the pictures for a larger view or visit my Flickr stream which can be found on the side of my blog.

Front center knot, showing fringe
You will note on some of these closeups a bit of fuzz where the nymo has frayed a bit with age and wear.
Finished end of knot work pattern.
Another closeup of the finished end of the center knot work pattern.
I used the knot pattern below as a "spacer" between parts of the necklace
Repeating knot work pattern

Middle knot work pattern

The back part of the necklace was a rather more simple braid pattern.
Back or Top of necklace featuring braided knot work.
Finally, below is the back center of the necklace.


  1. Very sweet. It has a very winter feel due to the color scheme. I like the way you used so many different knot panel designs up the necklace. FYI, you can melt the fuzzy nymo bits with a lighter, moved quickly to and away the fuzzy bits.

  2. What a gorgeous piece. You really have a gift with the loom and creating knots. I love it!

  3. Thanks Kristen.

    Thanks Gwen. If I took a lighter to my necklace I am absolutely sure I would burn more than the fuzzy ends. I should probably get one of those thread burners. A sharp pair of scissors will sometimes work.


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