I recommend you practice each of the knots used
in the pattern several times, so you can tie
them easily. Then practice making the knots very
small, which is what the term "micro" means.
complex knots before starting a
project, just to be sure you know what to
This is the Chinese
Mystic Knot, which is a
challenge to tie, no matter what type of
cord you use.
Practicing will lead to success!
Tips #8: Don't add
too many beads.
Beads are often used in Micro-Macrame, but
you can easily put in too many.
In this pair of Beaded
Teardrops, the beads were
separated by enough knots to avoid
overloading the earrings.
Tip #9: Use
light weight beads.
Pendants, charms and beads can deform the
knots if they are too heavy. Choose
the smallest beads possible, while making
sure the hole size is adequate for the
number of cords that will pass through
Beads for specific details about
the different types and shapes you can choose.
Tip #10: Know how to
thread the cords through the beads.
There is nothing so frustrating as placing
small beads onto delicate, flexible cords.
The tips of the cords easily become frayed and
difficult to work with. So here are two methods
you can use to apply beads:
Method 1: Apply glue
to the tips of any cords where beads
will be applied. Roll the
ends between your fingers as the
glue is drying, so the tips are as
narrow as possible.
The glue helps the fibers stay
together, and will stiffen the ends
Method 2: Use a
threader cord or wire. Fold it in half,
and pass the ends through the bead,
leaving a loop.
Place one cord through the area where
the threader is folded.
Pull the ends of the threader all the
way out of the bead. The cord will be
pulled through the bead, too.
Make sure you
thread one cord at a time.
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