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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member CharmedOne's Avatar
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    I will buy one from this seller. I forgot to add that the spool was in a box but it was very dirty and had a bunch of black dots on it. I grabbed my loupe to see what they were and tossed it out. But I will try this seller. Thanks ~d

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    Thank you Caitlin. So many ways to do it, and in the end it's the same result. It's a personal preference when it comes to knotting. I started out with Virchik's book and used needle to slide the knot close to the pearl. Then in 2011 we learned Hisano's technique. It was so much better for me because I didn't have to pick up and put down the needle. I missed seeing Sarah's technique. I'll try your technique the next time because it looks even simpler, especially watching you doing it over and over. That's good practice because most videos are short so I kept replaying or pausing when I first learned.

    My observation is that Power Pro slides better than silk. Even when you mess up with the knot too far from the pearl, pulling the thread apart to slide the knot next to the pearl is a breeze with PP. I have broken my silk thread when I pulled too hard and had to start over. Like you, I also separate the thread, pull the pearl down then separate again for each pearl because I find that I have kinks inside the pearls lots of time.
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    VERY cool, thanks for posting! i need to practice this on some giant-holed beads first, i think.

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    Great video Catilin. I enjoyed watching you knotting. Is there anyway you can post another additional video with a close up as you create the knot? It doesn't look like you are putting pressure on the top of the pearl to keep the knot close to the hole, or are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    I've been trying this technique but I still can't seem to arrange my left hand fingers such that the knot forms next to the pearl, and when I try to separate the strands it doesn't slide all the way to the pearl! Aaargh! Will keep trying though.
    I just tried this with 7 pearls using silk. I couldn't get the knot to form tight next to the pearl either. But I was successful when separating the strands. I was afraid to pull hard (fear of breaking silk like I've done many times) so the knots seem ok. I am sure with Power Pro it'll be much easier to knot.
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    Caitlin, please sticky this thread too, so we can all find it easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Caitlin, please sticky this thread too, so we can all find it easily.
    I was thinking the same thing!

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    Pearl Maven Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Caitlin's Avatar
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    Thank you every one. I did stick it. I think this is the same technique as Hisano's, isn't it? Anyway, they (H+ J) promised to make one TWO summers ago, and where is it? Hummphh. So, the ol' pearl mom decided to fill the gap until the pros come along with a video! The kitchen is still torn up and that is where the best light is, so it will be a few more days before I make the new one.

    Wendy I love your voice and those English phrases, too. And I bet my hands are bigger than yours! neenu, neenu, neenu!
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    LOL! I haven't tried this method yet, but now that I have the video, I will. I can't wait for the next videos. So, can I get PowerPro at the hardware store?

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    Great video Catilin. I enjoyed watching you knotting. Is there anyway you can post another additional video with a close up as you create the knot? It doesn't look like you are putting pressure on the top of the pearl to keep the knot close to the hole, or are you?
    LFS, I will do so. No, there is no pressure, just enough to hold it. The trick is in the flip- make sure you cross the thread over the top pearl so it is touching as you flip. I will be happy to do it again, this was probably just a rough draft. the close-up sounds like a good idea.

    It really wasn't that hard to make a video. Maybe some of you guys should try it, too. How about one on wire wrapping for dangle earrings? Pattye showed me how years ago and even gave me the right tool, but I would like to follow someone, as I start sweating at the very idea of trying to wrap neatly. Argh...
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    Pearl Maven Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Caitlin's Avatar
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    Maybe a fishing tackle store, but there a a number of sellers on eBay. I got my thick spool from Hye on Beads- Suzanne Hye, but she wasn't there the last time I ordered. (She had the Virchik video and was one of Virtik's proteges).I have bought power pro from Cabela's on line, though I know they have stores, too. Just don't get cute and buy yellow of red! It runs dreadfully. It goes in the water to catch fish, I don't know why it would run because the water would turn red or yellow, So, don't do it.

    You might also check Pattye's Etsy store, she sells a nylon or polyester (I think) thread that comes in so many colors! I don't know how it slides, but I am sure it is better sliding than silk, (If the silk is not sliding, try waxing it) I am going to try Pattye's thread soon. The lack of colors is the worst limitation of Power pro.
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    Food for thought! I have a bunch of colored nylon thread, but I think getting some PowerPro sounds like a good idea. I'm sure it would come in handy for more than pearls and fishing.

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    I've used silk, poly top stitch thread, Japanese nylon, Silkon nylon, Power Pro and Beaders Secret (the poly thread that Pattye sells on Etsy). I love the look and drape of silk, but with heavier beads and for bracelets, it is just not practical. I use Power Pro (purchased at a tackle shop) for strands including metal or glass beads that might have rough edges because it is really hard to abrade, but it also seems to chew into my fingers if I don't tape them up before starting a project. My favorite all around thread is the Beaders Secret for these reasons: the weight fits doubled through most standard drilled pearls (0.5 -0.6mm), with large holed beads I have knotted successfully with 3 doubled strands, knots slide well and you can really tug without breakage, it is not prone to tangling and it comes in oodles of yummy colors

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    There you go. I know its going to be good, but I just didn't want to try it the first time in a video. I know Power pro is rough because people tell me it is. I don't even notice anymore, esp. on its 8 and 10 lb weights.

    And I use it for all kinds of hand sewing GG. It is fabulous for ribbons on toe shoes, many fewer stitches needed though my dance mom days ended three years ago (sigh). I used the lightweight to do a hem and the 20 lb on a curtain I fixed a pants zipper coming loose in the middle and a leather bag. It's now the only thread in my 'emergency' sewing kit. I sewed on lots of buttons, fewer stitches, lasts longer. Oh yeah and if you like to fish, its the greatest! My hubby also uses duct tape and bailing wire for everything, so this simplicity thing runs in the family.

    You should always keep in mind that I am not into finesse for very many things. That may have something to do with the fact that the lowly beader's club was named after me because I used those lowly dyed purple, chartreuse, and turquoise commercial pearls for my creations and when everyone else was doing AAA white pearls and no one on the forum was stringing their own, except the people who sold them. (The peaches and lavenders were barely just becoming major sellers). Slraep and Zeide used to rib me mercilessly because they were so la dee da about their pearls, then I would say, but "I am just a lowly beader." LOL. Then Jeremy used it to name this sub forum. People used to think it was a funny name, because the creations that started showing up here quickly became very high quality. But it began in a lowly way.
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    Beaders Secret 100% polyester thread size #30 is approximately equivalent to silk size E and power pro #20 lb. Thank you very much for the mention, Caitlin and Marianne!

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