Weaving a carpet is hard. Everyone knows that. Not many people (including me) happen to just “try it out”. But who says you can’t use the process to do some other creative thing? (And an easy peasy on, preferably!) So Fatemeh has just come up with the idea of making a DIY necklace out of carpet knots! Isn’t that just brilliant?
If you’ve ever woven friendship bracelet, you might find this a bit similar. If you haven’t, don’t be afraid! It’s not that hard! I’ll try to explain as much as I can, but you might have to check each picture twice until you get it straight. No pain, no gain, huh?
Let's do it!
What You’ll Need
- DMC cotton embroidery floss. we used black, green and brown. Feel free to use any colors you like! Luckily, embroidery floss come with a wiiiiide range of colors! Just watching them in the market makes me feel in peace. :)
- A piece of wood
- A hammer
- Two nails
- A pair of crimps with loops
- A clasp
- A jump ring
- A ruler or any measuring tool
To start our DIY necklace, we’ve got to make something like a loom. The difference here is that we will have only one warp. I know this sounds weird (and not a bit similar to making a bracelet) but follow me along, you’ll be amazed by the result!
Hammer the nails each on one side of the wood with at least 20 cm distance in between.
Cut two black strands, each 70 cm.
Measure 26cm from one side and tie the two strands together at 26 cm.
Put the knot in one of the nails. We will call this nail our “beginning nail”. Meaning, we start the work from this side.
Go to the other nail and tie the other end to it. This will be the “ending nail”.
Congratulations! Your loom-like thingy is ready! Now you’re ready to knot!
This is where your knowledge of bracelet weaving will come in handy. Follow the pictures carefully. Once you learn to do one knot, you just repeat it until you’re finished. You might even reach a point where you don’t have to check which strand is on and which is under anymore! In that point, it will become so relaxing, just like when you did your coloring books when you were a child! So don’t worry, come along with me and you’ll see it’s a piece of cake!
We’re gonna make several Turkish knots with our first color.
You’ve got two black strands. Keep the right one between your fingers. Now pass the green strand under it, from left to right.
Bring the green thread on the black one. The black strand must now be trapped between two parts of green. After you’ve done this, you should face the end of your green strand to the left, as shown in the picture.
Tip: you don’t have to pull the green and black strands to left. I just did that to show how the green strand goes around the black one.
Now this part is a bit tricky. Put your big finger under the left black strand to make a gap between two blacks. Bring the green strand over the left black and grab it from under.
Now pull green from the middle of two black strands and make a knot. Don’t pull it too hard yet!
Push the Turkish knot you just made beside the nail. Pull it hard now and fasten it!
Cut your green strand at the length of one cm. or make that longer or shorter if you prefer. Just remember to not cut too short, as your knot might come loose!
Your final knot should look like this:
Now repeat knotting another strand, cut the floss, knot, cut, and so on until you reach a desirable length. Keep on the work with brown strands. These are the colors we preferred but you can choose any possible color! Make a rainbow, make a flag, or just go crazy and mix all the colors in!
You could also cut the strands all at the same length, or make some long and some short, or even go from short on side to long in the middle and short on the other side. This would make a triangular hanging on your neck! By making your strands long enough, you can have a square, too! Go discover some fun shapes and try them out!
To find out if you’ve done everything right, check the back of your knots. They should look like this:
When you reach the perfect length for your neck, remove the knot you first put over the nail on the beginning side. Don’t open it, just remove it! We need this knot to secure our work. As for the knot on the ending nail, you’ll have to open this one.
To protect all the effort we put to knotting, we’ll have to secure it! Just make a tight knot at the end of your brown knots to keep everything in their place!
What you’ve got now is your necklace. Cut the black strands at the length you desire. If you want a collar necklace, cut tight and short. If you want a long necklace, well you know what to do! I wanted me a collar!
Now we’ve got to do the finishing touches! Put the black ends in a crimp tube.
Tighten the crimp with the pliers. Do the same to the other end.
Attach the clasp to one end using the jump ring.
Congrats! You’ve done some awesome job here, girl! Try it on and see how it looks! Ours looked like this:
I really liked it, I think it looks really pretty on Fatemeh! Especially with that cute kitty shirt – (which she never lets me touch!) We’ve got to try some other shapes, some other colors too. Put that creative mind to work! What does yours look like? Tell us how yours came out!