French Knitted Beading

     View a YouTube  Carol Porter, author of ‘Making Jewelry with a French Knitter’,  shares easy tips to get you started creating lovely bead and cord jewelry with a French Knitter. 

     I am fascinated by all the jewelry Carol Porter has made with one simple tool, a French Knitter. Carol uses a French Knitting tool by Clover. Many of you may have seen this type of jewelry made using a “spool knitter”. A few small nails (generally four),  placed around the hole in the center of a wooden spool. Spool Knitting has been enjoyed by generations, it is an easy craft for young children to learn and a great introduction to knitting.  Carol uses monofilament, yarn, wire, various fibers and beads to create luscious strands of cording for bracelets and necklaces.
Lani and I visit on the coast of Maine.
     Before traveling to Virginia Beach to teach at Art and Soul Retreat, I made my way to Maine to visit my daughter Lani. I love the coastline of Maine, Lani and I can spend hours collecting sea glass and heart shaped rocks.  I am also treated to some fabulous food when I visit Lani, she is a wonderful cook (I attended one of her soup classes) and owns a quaint food shop in Camden, Megunticook Market. The market specializes in fresh, local meats and produce along with wonderful baked items. We also explored antique shops, one of my favorite pastimes. Seems there is always something new to discover. My latest passion is nautical maps… I found some dating back to the 1800’s. My plan is to use them for backgrounds in some of my art work. Maine is a good source for nautical antiquities of every kind, If you happen to know of a source for inexpensive nautical maps I would love to hear from you.  
     One of the Zentangle® projects from students in my Zentangle 102 class at the Art and Soul Retreat in Virginia.  We used a Zendala tile as a frame for a beautiful butterfly. You could also collage an image in the center or add a dried flower.   
      My recent entry into a local art show at the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth. I was thrilled when my Watercolor Sunflowers won an award… there were many wonderful works of art featured in the show.
Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!      

                Zentangle #122  


Choppy Waves and Calm Waters 

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5 thoughts on “French Knitted Beading”

  1. Love this post, Suzanne! Your sunflower painting is fabulous!! Especially love the butterfly Zendalas. Are the butterflies…photos? stickers? drawn? Very cool idea!

  2. Hi Suzanne,

    I’ve been so disappointed that for the past couple of weeks I’ve been unable to access your new tangles. I can see everything else on your blog (which I love, btw!), but the latest tangle is “invisible”.

    Any suggestions? I’m generally trying to access them on my Samsung galaxy s 2 phone.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and being such an inspiration.

    Lucy Holtzman

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