Lovely Knots – The Pipa Knot

This is the Pipa Knot beautifully showcased in an earring set designed by Fernando DaSilva for his new book; Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting.

It features just one of the ten knots you can learn in the step by step photographed booklet.

Fernando writes that “the pipa knot mimics the shape of an ancient Chinese musical instrument.  The instrument has a pear shaped wooden body and has been played for almost two thousand years.”

What I really liked was how one colour of Lovely Knots cord could look so beautiful paired with a simple pearl.


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Designed and written by Fernando DaSilva


By the late 1930’s, Chanel’s necklaces had grown from single-strand chokers and sautoirs into bibs. In the early 1990s, Karl Lagerfeld occasionally paired Chanel haute-couture with over the top beaded jewelry. Currently, I have observed a comeback of the bib necklace, probably boosted by the opulent and luxurious jewelry worn on the movie “The Great Gatsby.”  Those were some of my influences to create this piece.


I wanted to showcase the latest and newest products that we added to our Dazzle-it! line. The products are the main inspirational source for this design.   I wanted to create something to be paired with a day dress and I wanted it to turn people’s heads.  It needed to be something with a “zoom zoom zoom” about it.

The Divas Who Could Pull This Off:  Carmen Miranda and Erika Badu.

The Creating:

The bib section was designed first and then I created a triple twisted Kumihimo cord to use as the structure.  The cord needed to be strong enough to sustain the “cascade” of beads. I combined our fantastic Lovely Knots braided cords with a satin aquamarine cord. I think it is much more interesting than other types of Kumi and it speaks louder to my style. It has texture, depth and by using two different sizes of cords together I made it three dimensional.

I also wanted to display one of our newest end caps.  Multi strands cords can be glued-in so the ends are impeccably finished.

The biggest problem for me was deciding on the right material for the back section. After experimenting with a variety of materials, I finally decided that the piece was calling for something light and airy and the satin ribbon became my final choice. It also brought a French romantic edge to the piece that works perfectly with summer luncheons, brunches and lazy delicious sunset cocktails. It’s ultra chic but at the same time simple.

Technical info:

Bib section was created with:

blue and green dyed agate round beads, sizes 6, 8 and 10mm

light blue neon glass round beads sizes 6 and 8mm

kumihimo end cap

head pins and 7.5x8mm nickel color bead caps

Kumihimo section was created with:

2mm white and turquoise Lovely Knots cord and 3mm rattail aqua blue cord

Pliers used:

round nose, bent nose and flush cutters from our Japanese Pliers collection

Also:  BeadFix gel by Beadalon was used to attach cone ends.

The Guessing Game

Several weeks ago I posted this picture of the design in progress and asked our Facebook friends to fill in the blank:  Working on a new piece – a bib style necklace held by ______________.

The winning guesses are:

“Maybe Kumihimo with two colors of lovely knots and tassels” by Jennifer Hunt
“by beautfiul Dazzle It Grass Green and Aqua Blue Satin Cord!” by Deborah Daniels
 ” held by a kumihimo braid made with Chinese knotting cord” by AC Beads

Your excellent guesses made you winners.  You will receive a signed copy of my new book “Lovely Knots – An introduction to Chinese Knotting” accompanied by 2 small spools of Dazzle-it lovely knots braided cord.

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Lovely Knots Inspiration

This necklace is featured on the cover of Fernando DaSilva’s new booklet; Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting.

It is a wonderful example of how Lovely Knots can be showcased in your designs.

Fernando used red and ivory lovely knots 2mm cord to create the two side knots that are attached with ribbon cord ends.

The fancy chain is gorgeous and the five strands side by side look amazing.

Lovely Knots – The Virtue Knot

These black chandelier earrings are featured in the new booklet written and designed by Fernando DaSilva.

I think they beautifully illustrate how a simple knot can become a focal point in a jewelry setting.

Dazzle-it Lovely Knots cording is designed for this type of knot tying.

Fernando used the “virtue knot” (which is explained in the book) with filigree and crystal briolette accents.

Dazzle-it Lovely Knots – The How To Projects

The new Lovely Knots book is just filled with inspiration!

One of the featured knots Fernando DaSilva shows you how to make is the DOUBLE COIN KNOT.

Fernando always seems to come up with new and fabulous ways to showcase special beads and pendants.  The green and white cords he selected are so vibrant and perfect for this summer.  If you love this design as much as I do, you will be happy to know he has provided you with a complete step by step with pictures showing you how to make it in the booklet.

Lovely Knots Good Luck Earrings

How I love this picture of a Lovely Knots project!  These could easily become earrings or a pendant.  I am showing this to you to highlight one of the special knots you can learn in our new booklet Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting written and designed by Fernando DaSilva.  The knot you see here is the GOOD LUCK KNOT.

The instructional booklet is our newest release and with it we have stocked a fabulous new collection of Lovely Knots cords which make these projects super easy!

The first knot Fernando shows you how to make is the DOUBLE CONNECTION KNOT.

Once you learn these two knots your design options are endless.  Fernando used 3 double knots and the good luck knot to make these wonderful earrings!

Dazzle- it Lovely Knots Introduction To Chinese Knotting Booklet

This is my first Lovely Knots project.  It is a small one but I have been dying to use the new lovely knots cord as both a necklace and an accent in a summer lightweight wearable project.

Fernando DaSilva is the author and designer of all the pieces in John Beads new book.  This booklet (36 pages) is a fantastic introduction to the ancient art of Chinese knotting and has me thinking about different ways to add knots to my projects.

What I love about the book is how each knot’s construction is photographed.  The booklet instructions are clear and the font is big and easy to read!

These are the three knots I practiced this weekend.

The green Lovely Knots cord happens to be a favorite.

I used the cord for the necklace, I made my first “Cross Knot” and I added these pretty pewter end caps to finish my ends!

Lovely Knots Chandelier Earrings

Let me start today’s post with the release of a simple little phrase….oh my, how pretty!

Now that our new program and book dedicated to the art and craft of Chinese knotting is out I can show you some of the beautiful samples Fernand0 DaSilva created to inspire you.

With so many different colours to choose from it will be easy to design a piece of jewelry with Lovely Knots cord.

Fernando incorporated simple end caps to finish his earrings and make them easy to dangle.

The double coin knot (which you will learn if you have the book) features crystal drops from the Swarovski Elements Collection.