Talisman necklace with spool knitted cord

A few months ago, our daughter was very sick and needed surgery. It was VERY challenging- we were just wrenched by the trauma of having our beloved daughter going through such a rough experience right after having her beautiful baby.

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The Demeter/Persephone story resonated deeply with me (by the way, ‘Traveling with Pomegranates‘ by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Kidd Taylor is a great book to learn more about Demeter and Persephone).

For many years, I have been delighted with the images of the Minoan Dewdrop or Bee Goddess images that relate directly to the Minoan Goddess of the Bees, and have made lots of things in homage to her, including shuttles and necklaces and other treasures.

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I asked my daughter if she would like me to make her an amulet or talisman necklace with the Minoan Goddess of the Bees on it, as a reminder of my love for her. It’s always nice to have a physical reminder of that love, after all!

She said yes, but not a metal one, as the baby loves to grab and hold onto anything she wears, so she would prefer wood on a soft cord.

So, I drew the Minoan Goddess of the Bees onto a piece of wood, and burned it, and sanded and smoothed it.  I didn’t varnish it, just in case the baby puts it in his mouth. Olive oil or bees wax will do nicely for a baby safe finish.

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Needless to say, we wanted to make the cord baby safe too, which meant using an organic cotton.    I used Lion Brand’s Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in ‘khaki’. It spool knits beautifully.

I used my Cordelia cordmaker Link and spool knitted a 36 inch (90 cm) long cord.

I joined the ends of the cord and made a lark’s head knot to attach it to the wooden piece.

(How to make  a Lark’s head knot: Either make a fold in a cord or join the ends to make a circle. Push a loop of the cord through the hole. Pull the other end of the cord or necklace through this loop and pull up. Lark’s Head Knot completed!)

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I love making gifts that are an expression of my love, using techniques that I find very comforting and soothing. I hope that that feeling of love and soothing energy will be carried in this necklace and that it will serve as a reminder to my beautiful daughter  that she is loved and treasured!



Filed under eco crafts & green projects, jewelry, spool knitter & spoolknitter & spool knitting & spool knitting

13 responses to “Talisman necklace with spool knitted cord

  1. Elizabeth Birmingham

    What a lovely expression of love. It is so sweet. You are so creative. I really enjoy reading your post and your blog.


  2. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! 🙂


  3. Caroline

    I LOVE the necklace, it’s beautiful as all your things are. I made a similar necklace but not being so artistic I put a photo of my daughter and grandson on a wooden pendant. I love pendants with soft cords instead of chains…..I use my little cord maker
    I bought from your website.
    Lots of Love


  4. Aleksa

    What abeautiful amulet and such a moving story behind it.


  5. Thank you so much, Caroline! Your necklace sounds lovely, too!
    I am so pleased that you are enjoying your Cordelia cord maker. I have been using mine to make miles of cords….. lots of new things in the works!


  6. Thank you so much, Aleksa. It was such a joyful pleasure to make it for her….


  7. I’m sure that she will love and treasure the amulet – what a great touchstone of your love for her! I really like the thoughtfulness of the organic cotton and finish on the wood to keep it safe in the hands (and mouth) of your grandbaby!


  8. Hello Terri
    Thank you so much! I hope that it will bring her comfort and joy…. I love being able to make gifts that are saturated with a lot of meaning. After all, our greatest legacy is love…. 🙂


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  10. That is just lovely, Noreen. I’m sure it will be treasured.

    I knew how to tie one but didn’t know the name – lark’s head knot. Learn something new every day.


  11. What a lovely gift, made all the more lovely with the sentiment behind it!


  12. Thank you so much, June!!!


  13. Hi Eileen
    Thanks so much! What fun to make a gift that 2 generations enjoy at the same time!
    The lark’s head knot is indispensable, isn’t it? 🙂


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