The first step in making the Beaded Cross is to
work on the horizontal portion (arms).
You'll be tying a Shamrock
Knot, which is two Overhand Knots linked
in a specific way.
Other decorative knots can be used, but need to
result in four
ends heading in different directions.
1: Cut 4 cords, each at
least 25 inches long. Prepare the
ends with glue to stiffen the material, to
make beading easier.
Place a bead in the center of one
cord. Make an Overhand knot,
2: Pass a second cord
through the Overhand knot, so it's under
the crossed area and over
the curve at the bottom.
3: Bring the top half of
the second cord down, and complete the
Overhand knot. Turn the second knot
upright and sideways.
The first Overhand knot should rest flat
on the board.
Tighten both knots firmly.
Tip:You will create the
horizontal arms for the Beaded Cross first,
followed by the vertical portion. You can
make them any size, as long as the two portions
4: The knot you just
tied should rest below the first
Add four more beads, 1 on each end.
Slide them close to the first bead.
Tip:Now you will make
the Lanyard knots.
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5: Arrange the ends to
form an X shape.
Curve cord A (lower left) to the
cord B (lower right).
5, continued: Move cord B upward,
cord C (upper right).
Move cord C left,
cord D (upper left). Bring cord D down,
passing through cord A over
6: Tighten the Lanyard
knot slightly, so it's balanced.
the four end to let the beads dangle.
Gravity will hold them in place while you
tighten the knot further.
need to rest below the knot
7: Now you will need
to turn the design so the first bead is at
the bottom. Secure it to your board.
Tie at least one more Lanyard knot,
without beads, to secure the
first knot. You can add another knot
if you want the beads separated.
Step 8: Repeat
steps 4 - 7, until the horizontal portion
(arms) of the the Beaded Cross is the size you
you make the arms
2 inches in size, and
portion a total of 4 inches (step
9 - 10).
There needs to be an even
number of bead groups.
In the example, there were 8 groups.
The vertical portion was secured between
groups 4 & 5. This way the two
sides were balanced.
To finish the end, add a bead to one
cord. Combine it with one other, and
tie a regular Overhand knot. Do the same
with the other 2 cords.
Apply glue and cut off the remaining material when
Vertical Portion of Cross
Step 9: Start
the vertical portion of the Beaded Cross by
following step 1 - 7, using two new
cords. Stop when the sennit measures 1/2
to 1-inch in size.
a cross over 4 inches tall, make the top
Position the horizontal portion on top of
two cords. The other two go over the
front of it.
Fit the cords between the beads, so the
horizontal arms are balanced on both
Tie the ends together with a tight
Overhand knot to connect the two parts.
10: To make the lower
vertical portion of the Beaded Cross,
start by placing 4 beads on each cord.
Secure the finished sections so they are
upright. You can hold them between your
knees if that's easier.
Arrange the cords to form an X, and
continue tying one or two Lanyard knots,
followed by beads.
11: To finish, add a final bead to
one cord. Combine it with another cord and
tie a tight Overhand knot. Do the same with
the other two cords. Apply glue while
tightening these knots. When it's dry, cut
off the excess material.
To add cords for the necklace, tie an Overhand
knot, fitting it around the top of the Beaded
Cross. Tighten it firmly. It's best if you
attach one cord at a time.
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