Laced Sankofa Trade Bead Earrings Tutorial

Laced Sankofa Trade Bead Earrings  
  Laced Sankofa Trade Bead Earrings
  Laced Sankofa Trade Bead Earrings
  Laced Sankofa Trade Bead Earrings
 
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Laced Sankofa Trade Bead Earrings

Lace up some of your favorite trade beads with waxed linen and you'll have a colorful, patterned pair of earrings you'll want to wear every day. This same knotting technique could be applied to a bracelet-just increase the length of the linen cording and tie a clasp on one end, a jump ring on the other.

Take care to even up your linen at step 1. If the linen is uneven, you risk running out before you reach the end of the earring.


Ingredients

- 64" of waxed linen, cut into 4-16" pieces
note: we used 2 different colors for the earrings
- 6 Sankofa African Trade Beads, 2 each of 3 styles
- 1 pair of simple ear loops ear findings


Tools

- Scissors


1.Thread 2 strands of linen through the loop on one ear wire. Center the ear wire on the linen. Tie a square knot in the linen to secure it to the ear wire.

2.Thread one end of the waxed linen through the bead you want on the top of your earring. Thread the other end of the waxed linen through the opposite side of the bead. The linen will cross in the center of the bead. Pull the bead snug to the knot and center it as shown.

3.Tie an overhand knot below the bead, centering the knot on the bead. Repeat the stringing and centering with a second bead. Tie an overhand knot below the bead. Repeat this with the third bead. Secure the third bead with a square knot below the bead. Trim the excess linen if desired.

Make it your own!
Most Sankofa beads will acommodate 8 or more strands of linen. Try this project with more linen and leave the ends long to create a tassel below the last bead.

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