These Circle Earrings are based on the
Celtic Circle, an ancient symbol for eternal
life. Many European artists have used this
decorative knot to represent the circle of life,
and how we are all inter-related.
You can use any type of material, but make sure
it's not too flexible, or is waxed. In the image
above, the Celtic circle on the right was made
with 1mm Leather cord.
Make sure you LEAN
the pins over the segments you are securing,
because putting pins through fine material can
damage the fibers.
bead at the top is used to secure the ends.
Make sure the hole size is at least 4 times the
thickness of the material you are
using. You pass the ends through the
ring, and then back through the bead.
Another important step is to use split or jump
rings on the hooks. They help the earrings
dangle more freely.
1mm to 2mm cord material
2 Earring Hooks
2 Split or Jump Rings
Project board and pins or tape
Fabric glue that dries clear
Step 1: Cut
2 cords for the Circle Earrings, at least 30
Secure one end of the cord to your board.
Move down 5 inches and make the first
loop, rotating counter-clockwise.
The crossed area should be on the left.
Make a second loop, positioning it below
and slightly to the left of loop 1.
the loops in the Circle Earrings should be counter-clockwise.
You should make the knot
large enough to clearly
see all the loops and weaving.
2: Make the 3rd loop,
positioning it over
loop 2. It should have a diagonal
slant as shown.
Make loop 4 to the right
of loops 2 and 3.
3: Make the 5th loop,
positioning it to the left
and slightly below loop 4.
4: Move the working end to
loops 2 and 3.
- over - under the three
segments, heading diagonallyfrom top to bottom
5: Rotate the cord down to
loops 4 and 5.
Weave through them over
- under - over - over the four
This completes the 6th loop, which rests
to the left of loop 5.
6: Make the 7th loop, and
position it so it rests partially over
Bring the end down to loop
4, and weave through the three
- over - under.
sure you do not pass through loop 5.
7: Rotate the cord up to
loops 1 and 7.
Weave through over
- under - over - over.
8: Pass under
the secured end as you bring the working
end over to the left
side of the Circle Earrings design.
Weave it through loops
2 and 3over
- under - over, moving left to
9: Weave the end under
- over - underloop
1, left to right.
sure you do not pass the end through
Remove the pins
and tighten the knot slowly,
starting at the secured
Make sure you remove the slack in the
order the loops and weaving were
Tip: The Celtic Circle knot
should be around 1 inch in size, so you can
clearly see the details.
10: Slide both
ends through the bead. Add a split
ring or jump ring to the earring hook, if
you have not done so already.
Pass the ends through the ring in opposite
directions, thenback through the bead, heading
towards the knot.
Slide the bead
down slightly and apply glue next to the
Move the bead up so it rests against the
ring and the glue is on the inside.
When it's dry, cut off the excess material
the with bottom of the bead.
11: Repeat steps 1 -
10 to make a second earring using
the other cord.
Both of the Circle Earrings should
be the same size, so carefullytighten the second one.
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