In preparation for the Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival this June, I have been spending considerable time making jewelry by hand. I went to the library to look for ideas on things to make, when I stumbled upon a book on Celtic knot-work. I have always thought that knot-work is absolutely beautiful. I love decorative art, and knot-work is perfect for decorating boarders, stationary, clothing, and the body itself. This book that I borrowed, also showed how to tie some of these beautiful knots. So I decided that I would buy some hemp and black nylon string, and try my hand at this craft.
It took a bit of time to learn each of the knots, but once I got the hang of it, I could crank out a knot in a few minutes. My favorite knot is the square knot, shown in the jewelry above. But I also experimented with different types of braided knots and beading.
Most of these accessories are fastened with a large bead and loop to pass the bead through. I made a square knot bracelet for myself, and I must say that it is the most comfortable piece of jewelry I own. I could wear it all day. And even though it is only held on with a bead through two loops of string, it has yet to fall off of me, even after long, and active days.
As with the stone jewelry that I’ve made, anything that doesn’t sell at the faire will be put up for sale on my Etsy.