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How to Silk Wrap


Project Info:

Level: All Levels

Estimated time: Improve Your Technique

Silk Wrapping is an ancient technique used by many cultures to tie off beads on raffia, close off Kimono cording or use in jewelry as seen in sample below. In many cases, the silk wrap is so secure, you never need to use glue to finish. We are showing the Steps ending with a dab of GS Hypo-Tube Cement for those new to the technique. But if you ask Janice, she would say….Pull the knot into the middle of the silk wrap and it’s not going anywhere!” Be sure to practice and come to your own conclusions about gluing or not gluing. It is easiest to learn to silk wrap over a cord that is secured to a board. Please Download the handout for complete instructions

How to Silk Wrap

Distressed Gray- 2.0mm Indian Leather by the Yard

Leather- 2.0

$1.95 USD

Distressed Pumpkin- 0.5mm Indian Leather by the Yard

Leather- 0.5

$1.50 USD

Irish Waxed Linen- Butterscotch

Irish Waxed Linen

$5.95 USD

Copper Rose- Regular C-Lon

C-Lon: Regular

$4.95 USD

Spring Leaf- 0.5mm

0.5mm chinese knotting cord

$3.50 USD

Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutter


$36.95 USD

GS Hypo Cement


$6.75 USD

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A silk wrap may seem daunting, but it's easy once you've practiced and gotten then hang of it--we promise! Practice truly does make perfect. Try making a large-scale silk wrap using a cardboard tube (like from a roll of paper towels) and some rattail to practice on. 

We've done silk wraps with all sorts of materials...it's not just for thread! Here, we show you silk wraps using skinny 0.5mm leather, waxed linen, Regular C-Lon, and Chinese Knotting Cord.