Pearl Knotting without Tools - Tutorial

Hello There ~ 

Hope this post finds you all well! 

I've recently had a few people ask me if I could re-show them how to knot pearls (or any beads, really) with out any tools so I wanted to bring out this video again and show everyone.

I have this video up on my 'Tutorials and Fun Stuff' page here on the blog, so anytime you feel like getting a little 'refresher' course, just hop on over to that page and watch it again.

I first posted this video after I hosted The 2nd "Pearls, Pearls, Pearls" Blog Hop I did back in June of 2014. 

During the blog hop, I posted a link to a video by the folks over at Pearl Paradise showing how to knot pearls with out the use of tools.  I mentioned that I did it just slightly different and a little backwards compared to what is shown in the video and so when people asked me what I meant, I thought it would be easier to show you than to tell you.


Here's my video above. 

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Michelle Ludlam-Buettner (Shel) holds a Graduate Pearls Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and is a Certified Pearl Specialist through the Cultured Pearl Association of American (CPAA).  In addition to creating her own jewelry line, she is also a freelance writer specializing in jewelry editorial, copy, line and manuscript editing who can often be found fawning over pearls in her spare time.  Follow Shel’s blog at or see what she’s snapping over on Instagram @pearlgeek.  

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  1. SHEL! so happy to see you here!!!!! and loved this tute - it is a must for anyone looking to learn knotting from the master

    1. Thank you so much Cynthia!! I should probably do some sort of knotting tutorial showing how I knot WITH all the different tools I use as well because I do use my tweezers, my Knotty-Do-It-All board and even my 'Easy Knotter' board quite often for my 'tin-cup' style knotted pearl pieces. Lots of fun things! :-)

  2. Hi Shel, Funny you would re-post it. I decided to learn pearl knotting this year and remembered your tutorial from our Pearls, Pearls, Pearls challenge. I actually listened to it a couple months ago. Hope all is well with you!

    1. Paula - all's well! Hope you're doing okay, too. Let me know if you have any questions. I'd like to try and post a video of how I know with my tweezers and my Easy Knotter board/tool, too - not sure when I'll be able to get that accomplished, but like I said, if you have any questions, just me know and I'll walk you through things! :-)

  3. I remember watching this video when you first posted it - I am glad you posted this again! I just happen to have some large hole pearls AND waxed linen cord - you make it look so easy!! :)

  4. Thanks Patti - if you have any questions just give me a holler!! :-)

  5. Nice to hear from you, Shel! This is still on my list to make it seem so easy! Hope you and yours are well!

    1. Thanks Lynda - please contact me if you have any questions and I'll help you out!! :-)

  6. I'm going to have to watch this video later, but I've saved it for just that. Can't wait to see how YOU do it. I haven't tried knotting pearls because I know there's so much technique to it. However, I'm sure you've got some way to make it look easy at least. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey there Hope - It's not a complete 'how to' from start to finish of a necklace - just a little bit of the 'knotting' part - so let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help you out! :-)


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