How to Use the Beadalon Knot a Bead Tabletop Knotter Tool

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Designer: Megan Milliken
In this video, learn how to use Beadalon's Knot-a-Bead Tabletop Knotting Tool. This tool is a quick and easy way to make knotted bead jewelry with snug uniform knots every time. If you love pearl knotting, or want to do other single strand knotted bead strands, this tool will come in very handy.
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Hi this is Megan with today I'm going to show you how to use the Beadalon knot a bead tabletop knotter tool and this is what the tool looks like. It comes in a package that looks like this and what this is for is for placing a single overhand knot between the beads in the Strand. The most common application you'll see for that is pearl knotting and I just have an example here. This is Julie's project Lady Emma's Pearls and its fresh water pearls with Griffin silk used to string them. It's got a single knot between each pearl. This is a very common way to use this technique. They list all these knottable materials on the side of the box there's too many to go over now but they're basically letting you know that you can use basically anything that's knottable and then you can string beads on. They talk about braided cords, cotton hemp, leather, imitation leather, nylon rattail. They do you obviously include silk so you if you want to do a strand of knotted beads you use this tool. So I'm using waxed cotton cord and large acrylic party beads so you can see way I'm doing. You can see I've got started here, the larger cord is a little harder to keep it kind of going back and forth and being a little funny. If with practice you could get it to do it. I was just doing this really quickly. If you using a finer cord like silk it's not going to do that you don't need to worry about it. So to start you're going to put a knot at the end of the cord like I did here. Other than that it's exactly the same for each knot I'm not gonna start a new one. I'm just going to keep going from here. You want all of your beads strung or at least some strung bring you next bead down next to the knot whether it's the starting knot or the last one you made. Put it through the opening and bring it down behind the awl which is this little metal pin here that moves. Take your strand of beads. Just make an overhand knot and put the beads back through the opening and down the other side again and then tighten the knot by pulling up and pulling the bead still I found that to be helpful. Then you're going to take your cord hook it in this little hook here and then you wanna go ahead and pull with a medium pressure and you're going to continue to apply pressure as you slide the awl over and you'll feel the knot kinda catch in the little hook and just pull tight and drop it down. What this is going to do is allow you to snug and your knot up right next to the bead every time really quickly and easily especially if you do this repetitively you'll get very fast at it. So I'm going to do it slow one more time and I'll show you how faster slide your bead down and put it through the opening, tie your knot, drop it down behind pull it snug, bring it over to the hook, pull, move the awl and pull it snug drop your bead down, put it back behind tie the overhand knot drop your beads back behind again, pull up to snag your knot pull it tight and bring it over behind the hook, pull and move the awl out of the way. You can get pretty quick at it and move right along the strand If you do a lot of knotting if you wanna start, if you find it difficult to get your knots uniformly placed and nice and tight this is a really handy tool that you can use. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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