Make a Celtic Knot Necklacecomments (8) March 11th, 2016
Celtic knots come in many configurations, from simple to complex. Whether you choose a traditional or a modern knot, they make beautiful necklaces. This sweet Celtic heart knot is surprisingly easy to make: Just sew bias tubes and insert cords into them, then loop the cords into the knot pattern. All you need is cord, pretty fabric bias strips, and a knot pattern to follow.
Double up 1⁄4-inch-diameter cords for a fine, yet substantial, knot. Use different fabric colors to set off the knot design.
Create the Cords
There are many ways to vary the necklace: Use a single cord; use two cords in the same color or in different colors; use thin cords or thick cords. A thinner cord creates a small, fine pendant, and a thicker cord creates a chunky necklace. We used 1⁄4-inch-circumference and 1⁄2-inch-circumference 100-percent cotton draw cords to make the necklaces shown.
1. Cut a bias strip 1 inch or 1 1⁄2 inches wide and 40 inches long. Fold the strip right sides together. To cover a 1⁄4-inch-circumference cord, use a 1-inch-wide strip and stitch a scant 1⁄4 inch from the raw edges. For a 1⁄2-inch-circumference cord, use a 1-1⁄2-inch-wide strip and stitch 3⁄8 inch from the raw edges. Trim the seam allowance, and turn the tubes right side out.
2. Cut one 40-inch-long cord per bias strip. Use a bodkin to thread it into a bias tube. The cords should fit snugly into the tubes. If the tube is loose around the cord, stretch the tube's fabric until it fits more snugly. Steam the covered cord while twisting the tube to ensure the seam lies straight.
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