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Rosary in Yak Wooden beads

Hand Knotted Rosary from Yak & Wooden Beads (ch0195)

Rosary in Yak and Wooden beads
My first hand knotted rosary.  I made a few attempts prior to this - using Hemp cord among other things.  However the holes in the Yak bone beads are large and the hemp cord (or varying thickness) was in some places, too thin.

The yak bone beads come from Tibet.

Finally I arrived at this leatherised cotton cord which is just perfect.  And it also maintains the natural element I wanted in this rosary.

The knotting is not the normal (pearl) knotting.  I found this method easier and provided knots that could be closer to each adjoining bead.  It is made by:
* making a loop
* passing (empty) yarn into look and pull tight
* bead
* make another knot

Rosary in Yak and Wood beads

Natural rosary from wooden and yak bone beads

The drape of this rosary has been a surprise.  I thought it might be a bit stiff but it has proved to be very flexible and drapable.  Quite a lovely field.
Bone cross with Swarovski connector

This bone cross was given to my by my friend Natalie Fletcher (of Peruzi ).  An ideal cross for this natural rosary and proved to be my starting point.  I further polished, sealed, and rounded edges of this cross to give it a smoother feel.  Above shows a Swarovski connector, wire wraped to the cross.

Bone cross in Yak and Wood Rosary
This shows the back of the cross - displaying how the Swarovski connector has been attached to the cross.

Yak bone beads and wooden beads

A close up of the rounded yak bone beads, knotting, and the rounded wooden beads.

Center of Rosary in Yak and Wood

The center of the rosary is made with a 3-hole yak bone bead - making it an ideal 3-way center point for the rosary.