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Watch This ! Freehand Chinese Pearl Knotting!

If you tried to knot pearls, you'll know how hard it is to get that knot right next to the pearl.  That's why many people use various tools to get it right.  See my past post on the best tutorial links for bead or pearl knotting using 3 different tools.

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However it's not impossible to do it without any aid. Just needs some practice!  Watch this Pearl Paradise video of a Chinese pearl knotter working "freehand". She is able to make an overhand knot and get it right up to the pearl. Double silk strands were used.

Some may consider it easier to add a pearl one at a time rather than have to work with the full strand. But I wonder if her technique is quicker as the pearls were pre-strung and she was able to get into a good knotting rhythm without having to stop to add beads.  For a static tutorial using the one pearl at a time method, check this site.

These huge pearls are actually from the South Seas.  The buyer had gone to the Shanxiahu market in Zhuji, China right after a trip to Australia where the pearls were farmed. The knotting was done there so the valuable pearls could be worn rather than left in the hotel room.

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM


  1. I think this could work very well for smaller lengths eg. bracelet..she does it very well for a long strand but frankly how many of us can knot this way without getting it all tangled up?

  2. It's not impossible. Just lots of practice!

  3. I want to thank you for all of the information and tutorials you send, as well as work by other artists which is always very inspiring, however sending this kind of video was not helpful.

    It was difficult to see what the beader was actually doing. Perhaps if verbal instruction had been included that would have helped. Thank you anyway and have a nice holiday season.

    P.S. Just thought I would give a little feedback on this one!

  4. The intention was not so much instructional, as my blog is not a purely tutorial one, but one of encouragement. That it is possible to knot without tools.

    But point noted! Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback.

  5. Hi Pearl I don't get to see you much these days, chasing money takes lots of time, but i could not let this one pass by with a hardy thank you - i giggled outloud and watched it twice so clever, so simple so perfect - i am also in love with the crystal beading you reviewed, same thing clever and simple wins every time - keep up the good work it is appreciated - hope you missed that last dump of snow - peace

  6. Missed hearing from you too, Ruth! Glad you are still enjoying my blog now and then. And no, we did not miss the last dump of snow! But then this is Canada! Snow is a given.


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