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Beaded Teardrops

Beaded Teardrops

Description:  These Beaded Teardrops feature the Half Hitch Spiral, which is an easy knot to tie. They can be made any size.

Micro-Macrame earrings need to be delicate, so use tiny beads and fine material to cover the teardrop hoops.  Use hoops with an extra loop if you want a charm in the center as shown.

The material used in the example is cotton embroidery cord. 

This Macrame project is rated Easy, and is suitable for beginners with experience using fine materials.

Supplies Needed:
  • 1 mm cord material
  • Small Beads with 1 mm holes
  • Jump rings
  • Earring hooks
  • Teardrop shaped hoops
  • Chain and Charms (optional)
  • Project board and pins
  • Clear Fabric Glue

Knots Used:


Cut the cords as shown in the chart below.  For earring hoops larger than 2 inches, increase the length by 10 inches for every half inch increase in the hoop size.  You should use 3 cords for hoops larger than 2 inches.

Prepare the tips of all cords with glue and allow it to dry and stiffen.

Important:  The cords work together if you are using more than one. 

When describing the steps for the Beaded Teardrops, I sometimes use the word "cord", which means the entire group (1 - 3 cords).

Hoop size (top to bottom)
Length of cords
1 cord, 25 inches long
1 or 2 cords, 35 inches long
2 cords, 45 inches long

Attach Cord

Step 1:  Tie a loose Overhand knot in the center of the cords.

Slide the knot around the top of the teardrop hoop so the crossed area is in the back.  Tighten the knot firmly.

Turn the hoop over so you work in the front next.

Half Hitch

Step 2:  Separate the cords into two groups - one set for each half of the Beaded Teardrops. 

Make a Half Hitch with the cords on the right in a clockwise direction, passing the cord over - under the hoop.  As you pull it right, pass over the cord.

Rotate Cord

Step 3:  Tie four more Half Hitches.  To create the Spiral, rotate the cord towards the center of the hoop.

Then curve the working ends under the metal toward the outside before tying the next knots.  

Add a Bead

Step 4: Add a bead to one of the cords in the set.  Then tie a Half Hitch to secure it.

Important: Make sure the loose end of the cord passes between the bead and the knots previously tied.

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Next Set of Knots

Step 5: Tie the next Half Hitch so it rests on the other side of the bead.   Tighten this knot firmly so it rests against the bead, with no gap between it and the previous knot.

Repeat steps 3 - 5 several times, tying 5 Half Hitches between each bead.  Stop when the right half of the hoop is covered.

Detail of Design

Step 6:  Repeat steps 2 - 6 to create the left half of the Beaded Teardrops.

Tie off Ends

Step 7:  Turn the hoop upside down so you are working in the BACK.  Tie 2 tight Overhand knots with one cord from each half.  Apply glue before tightening.

Do the same with the other cords.  When the glue is dry, cut off the excess material.

Add Findings

Step 8: Attach a jump ring to the hole at the top of the hoop, as well as the hook.  The ring helps the Beaded Teardrops dangle more freely.

Most earring hoops have an opening at the top for charms. You can attach rings and/or chain so the charm dangles in the middle of the hoop as shown.

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