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Pendant Setting


 Pendant Setting


Description: The Pendant Setting is a popular Macrame technique used to wrap the edges of cabochons, flat stones, or coins. It features the decorative knot called the Vertical Larks Head, along with crossed elements.

After the setting is tightened, the ends can be used to make the necklace, or to form a loop (right image above).  You need to decide ahead of time which variation you prefer to use.   Make sure the stone has even edges, if you plan to use one.

Below are cutting instructions for both variations (see Preparation). 

This Micro-Macrame decoration is easy to tie, but you will be working with very fine material, which makes it a bit more challenging.

Hemp material was used in the example.  Nylon, waxed cotton or polyester are good choices, too.

Special thanks goes to Victoria de Freitas for helping me learn this technique.



Supplies Needed:

  • Fine Cord Material (1mm or less)
  • Cabochon, Coin or Stone
  • Project Board, pins, and tape



Cutting Instructions for Pendant Setting with Loop:

Measure the diameter of the widest area of the stone or coin you are wrapping, usually near the center.

Multiply the diameter x 4 to get the coin size.  

Working Cords: Multiply the coin size by 14.  Cut 2 cords to that length.

Holding Cords:  Cut two cords, each at least 18 inches long.


Cutting Instructions for Pendant Setting + Necklace:

Neck Size:  Measure from your chest (where the pendant rests) around to the back of your neck, and to the front again.

  • Step A: Cut 2 holding cords, your neck size x 2.
  • Step B: Measure the diameter of the widest area of the stone or coin you are wrapping. Multiply the diameter x 4 to get the coin size.
  • Step C: Cut 2 working cords, your neck size x 4 + coin size.


Prepare the ends of the four cords with glue, to prevent unraveling. 

I recommend you also coat the cords with beeswax, to make knotting easier.


Larks Head Design


Step 1: Place a piece of masking tape on your work surface with the sticky side face up, arranged horizontally.

Place the center of the two working cords at the middle of the tape, arranged vertically.

Do the same with the holding cords, placing one to the right and left of the working cords.

Depth of Coin = Width of Cords  

As you arrange the two holding cords, place them slightly wider than the depth of the coin or stone.

(The depth is the thickness from front to back). 

Turn the tape over and stick it to your project board. Secure the top portion of the cords, since you will work with the bottom half first.


Design Tip: The cords were separated more than usual in the images below, so you could see the details of the Pendant Setting better.

You can secure the holding cords lower down, so they remain the same distance apart as you progress.

First Half of Larks Head  

Step 2: Cross the two working cords right over left.  Make a loop with the working cord now on the left, onto the left holding cord.  

Rotate clockwise, over - under - over as shown.   Tighten the loop gently, so it's against the tape.


Important:  Tighten the first half of the Larks Head knots carefully, to maintain the proper spacing. 

The second half of the knot can be tightened firmly, but for the first half, be gentle.

Second Half of Larks Head  

Step 3: For the second half of the knot, move the same working cord under - over - under to make the loop.

Steps 2 + 3 = one Vertical Larks Head knot.


Use Other Working Cord  

Step 4: Use the working cord now on the right to make a Larks Head knot onto the right holding cord.

Rotate counter-clockwise, over - under - over.


Second Half  

Step 5: Tie the second half under - over - under.

Cross the working cords again, right over left.

Repeat steps 2 - 5.


Detail of Crossed Area  

Here's a closer view of the crossed areas you should see down the entire length of the Pendant Setting.

Make sure you always cross the cords before you tie the two knots. It's best to cross right over left each time, but not absolutely necessary.


Edge Between Two Rows  

After you tie a few more knots, check to see that the knots are separated appropriately for the stone or coin.

The edge of it should fit between the two rows of knots, as it sits on the crossed areas.


Half the Coin Measurement  

Continue tying knots until the sennit is 1/2 the coin size (see preparation).

Push the knots close together before you measure the sennit.


Turn Sennit Around  

Step 6: Turn the design around, so you work with the other half of the cords. Secure the sennit to your board to hold it steady.

Repeat steps 2 - 5.


Make Sure Sennit Fits Properly  

Step 7: Check the size, by pulling on the ends of the holding cords, fitting the Pendant Setting around the coin or stone

The last knots tied at each end should meet when you pull the cords firmly. Add or remove knots as needed.


Important:   Make sure the knotted design is balanced before you move on to the next step. 

The ends should be at the top of the coin or stone.

Tie Holding Cords Together  

Step 8: Locate both ends of one holding cord.

Tie the two ends together with a tight Overhand Knot.   Make sure you pull the ends firmly before tightening the knot.

Turn over the coin or stone, and repeat this process with the ends of the other holding cord.



Finishing Method 1:  No Loop

The following steps describe one method for finishing the Pendant Setting. This variation is used when you plan to go straight into a necklace design.

The advantage to this option is that you have 8 cords available, and can easily add more if necessary.  

Tie Working Cords Together   Move the holding cords aside, since you have already tied them together.

Tie the ends of the working cords together with Overhand knots (two cords per knot).

Ends Used For Necklace  

Once the Pendant Setting is completed, the ends are used to make the necklace.

You'll have four on the right as well as the left.

(see information below)

Important: Make sure you only cut the working cords, if you decide to reduce the number of available cords.

Apply glue to the knots before you do any cutting.


 Finishing Method 2:  Loop

The second method for finishing the Pendant Setting is to make a loop at the top.  The instructions below show you how to make one with a Square Knot design.  You can use other types of knots the same way.

The advantage for this option is that you can make the necklace with an entirely different color or material.   The necklace cords just slide through the loop.


Organize the cords so that there are two working cords on the right and left, and 4 fillers in the center.

You'll be tying Square Knots using 4 cords instead of two, following the instructions below:

Step 1
<<  Move the left working cords to the right, over the fillers and under the right working cords.

Move the right working cords under the fillers and over the left working cords, as you pull them to the left.  >>
Step 2

Step 3
<<  Move the working cords now on the right to the left, over the fillers and under the other set of working cords.

Move the working cords now on the left under the fillers and over the other working cords, as you pull them to the right.  >>
Step 4

Six Knots
<< Tie a total of 6 Square Knots.  Tighten each one firmly.

Fold the loop forward, towards the front of the pendant.  >>

 Organize the cords into two groups of four. >>


Turn over the Pendant Setting, so you are working in the back

Select one cord from each side and tie a tight Overhand knot.  Repeat with the others.

Apply glue and allow it to dry completely, before cutting off the extra material.

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