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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. 

The material used in the example is cotton embroidery cord.  If you want a charm in the center, use hoops with an extra loop.

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

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

Knots Used:  Half Hitch Spiral and Overhand Knot

Cutting Instructions:  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 the larger hoops.

Prepare the ends with glue and allow it to dry and stiffen.

Note:  The cords work together if you are using more than one.  When describing the steps for the Beaded Teardrops, I 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.

Half Hitch

Step 2:  Separate the cords into two groups, one set for each half of the Beaded Teardrops.  Make sure the hoop is facing upward, so you are working in the front.

Make a Half Hitch, by passing the cord over - under the hoop.  As you pull it to the side, pass over the cord.

Rotate Cord

Step 3:  Tie a total of 4 Half Hitches.  To create the Spiral, rotate the cord. 

You do this by moving the end towards the center of the hoop, then under the metal as you bring it back to the side.  

Add a Bead

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

Make sure the end passes between the bead and the knots previously tied (in front of the bead).

This is important, so be sure to click on this image to see a larger view.

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.

Detail of Design

Step 6: Continue on, tying 4 - 6 Half Hitches between each of the beads.

Make sure you rotate the cord after every set of knots.  Stop when you reach the bottom of the hoop.

Tie off Ends

Step 7:  Repeat steps 2 - 6 for the opposite half of the Beaded Teardrops.

Flip the hoop over, so you are working in the BACK of the design.  Tie 2 tight Overhand knots with one cord from each half. 

Apply glue, then 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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