Preparing for the Knotwork Necklace – making yarn, sketching

I’m still in the sketch-and-make-yarn stages on this one.

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The “sketch” – this is a paper strip of roughly the width I’m aiming for, with a knotwork pattern. The knots won’t be quite like this one, but this is as close as I could get with Celtic Knot font.

I’m debating whether the dagger beads (the dangly, pointy ones) should go all the way around (like they are on the right, but the whole length) or if they should be only on the front V part, like how they are on the left.

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The yarn: this is 820 yards of 40d3×3 organzine; the background is going to be black, and the knotwork part gold.

Hopefully I get it skeined up, boiled off, and dyed tomorrow.

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The yarn, it is tiny.

13 replies
  1. hugh_mannity
    hugh_mannity says:

    Oh, well in that case, you’re not quite as insane as I thought you were.

    I’m doing some tubular TW edges on a variety of bags and pouches right now. It’s fun. Tubular TW makes great Icord 😀

  2. admin
    admin says:

    Hee. My first mental vision of that, was taking very small tubular TW and knitting it into I-cord… which would be quite cool, but a mad amount of work!

  3. elmsley_rose
    elmsley_rose says:

    Hey, cool!

    I vote for fewer dagger beads – they are special, therefore keep them special (and low in quantity) (this makes sense at 5am to me, hope it does to you)

  4. tilia_tomentosa
    tilia_tomentosa says:

    Mybe keep the beads al ittle higher than they are on the left, up to the top of the second… dark square thing? It seems aesthetically the most appealing to me, but of course that’s just me. And I can’t help thinking they would feel uncomfortable aroud the wearer’s neck – if somebody actually ever wears it.

  5. krazyfiberkat
    krazyfiberkat says:

    That is lovely silk. Did you spin the filament yourself? If so, that is really awesome. I deal with commercially made silks as part of my business and I have never seen a hand spun that nice and that close to the commercial silks out of China and Japan.

  6. admin
    admin says:

    Thanks! I reeled and twisted it myself; there are some uneven spots and a number of knots, but I didn’t take a picture of any of them – gotta put on the best face for it! This is mostly commercial cocoons (from when I do talks and demos) but a portion of my hand-reared ones as well.

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