Learn to Make Pearl Cotton

Or pearl silk. And a variety of other way-cool pearl-like fibers.

Hand-made, multi-colored pearl cotton.

Hand-made, multi-colored pearl cotton.

Do you know that you can make pearl fiber?

And do you know it’s totally easy and big-time fun?

And do you know that once you get the basics down, you can go all kinds of Nuts with it to create some wildly interesting, fully functional fibers?

Well. Now you do.

I’m going to teach you how to do this cool new thing by doing a cool new thing myself: host a live Nutty event. I’ve been attending webinars for ages. A few years ago, I presented at the Bookmark Collectors’ Virtual Bookmark Convention. Last year, I began holding webinars for my Alaska writing group. Now, I’m inviting my stitchy friends to join me (Why? Am I coming apart?) for some real-time, real-useful fun.

November 16, 2013
8:00 a.m. Alaska Time

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That’s 12:00 noon Eastern
5:00 p.m. London
6:00 p.m. Oslo
1:00 a.m. Perth (Sorry, Australia, New Zealand, and other folks who will be sleeping.)

Please double-check my time conversions.

Why Make Pearl?

  • Pearls are great fibers. They’re used for all kinds of stitching, including blackwork, Hardanger, needlepoint, cross stitch, and more.
  • They’re more twisted and thicker than six-strand floss which makes them stronger, which makes them good for finishing edges, which tend to get more wear, tear, and general abuse.
  • It can be hard to find pearls to match other fibers. Most hand-dyed, overdyed, and painted six-strand fibers don’t have matching pearls.
  • It can be hard to find pearls in a wide variety of colors and sizes. You might get white, black, ecru, and red in size 5 at big box stores, but what about medium-light, bright-dark, ultra-very turquoise-red in sizes 3, 8, 12, or 16? What if what you really want is size 10? No one even makes that, do they? But you can. Suh-weet!
  • When I travel, I don’t take bags and bags of fiber. I take six-strand floss and have it plus every size pearl.
  • And the most important reason, the only one anyone needs: It’s fun!
Hand-made pearl and pearl-like fibers

From delicate silk pearl to perfect-for-klosters pearl to wild and wonky pearls–you’ll be able to make them all!

What’s This Fabulous Event and Info Going to Cost?

Zip. Zilch. Nada. Bupkiss. This one’s on me, kids. I really, really, really want you to come ’cause it’s going to be fun and this is a great technique we should all know.

How It Works

Here’s the way it’s gonna go down:

You sign up. Even if you can’t attend live—say, because you live in Perth, and it’ll be the middle of the night, and you’ve got two small children or cats who won’t understand that mommy/daddy needs to sleep all day Sunday—even if you can’t attend live, register anyway. I hope to record the spectacle beautifully executed performance and party, and if that works, for a limited time, you’ll be able to check it out at a reasonable hour of your choosing.

So, Step 1: Sign up.

Step 2: You’ll get a reminder from our software provider, AnyMeeting.com, one day and one hour before the debacle smooth-sailing event.

Step 3: You’ll follow the link in the reminder email to the webinar room where you’ll join the mayhem fun. Come in your pjs if you’re just getting up, or bring your dinner if it’s that time for you.

Tech Tips

  • There will be video and audio (we hope), so a wired connection is best, i.e., it is best if you are plugged in to your router or modem rather than using a wireless setup.
  • There will be a chat box in the lower left corner of your screen where you can type questions for me and notes to other participants.
  • Our friend and fellow Nut, Karen, will be online to help monitor the chat and answer tech questions. We’ll all be figuring this out together, so please be patient and kind.
  • Come a little early to get a feel for the room and find the chat box. I’ll open the room fifteen minutes before launch so we can get settled.


All right, what I have forgotten? You can bring some six-strand floss if you want to make some pearl right there in real time.

Got questions? Ask away!

Still haven’t signed up? Well, go do it: Sign up now! That one’s for you, Cassel! 🙂

13 Responses to “Learn to Make Pearl Cotton”

  1. aiki

    Hi there, I tried to sign in for your event. I don’t know it really worked. I hope it did. What a fun idea!

    October 28, 2013 @ 9:25 am
  2. Jen

    Aiki, I don’t see your registration, so please try again. When you are successfully registered, you will receive an e-mail soon after. If you received that e-mail, you can ignore my suggestion to try again. If you did not receive that e-mail, then please have another go.

    If it still doesn’t work, let me know, and I’ll add you by hand. Technology is rarely perfect; I expect some hiccups, and I’ll do what I can to get us all past them.


    October 28, 2013 @ 10:38 am
  3. Got my times messed up so didn’t get to join the class. Is there a possibility that it is recorded somewhere? Or will you be running it again?


    November 16, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
  4. Jen

    The timezone thing gets lots of people–myself included, even when I’m aware of it! There will be a recording, and when it’s uploaded I’ll send everyone who registered a link. Stay tuned…

    November 16, 2013 @ 5:53 pm
  5. Karen W

    I also was not able to join the class. I am very thankful that there will be a recording. Thank you!

    November 17, 2013 @ 7:26 pm
  6. Nicole Steinbeck

    I attended the Perle webinar and loved it! I tried to finish the survey but the window closed before I finished my answers. Thanks for the free event, I will be trying this technique for cross stitch finishing!


    November 18, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
  7. Jen

    So glad you enjoyed it, Nicole! I’d love to see (and share) pictures of what you do with your hand-made pearls.

    November 18, 2013 @ 7:47 pm
  8. Beth

    I missed the webinar as well due to the time zone error but got the email today with the link to the YouTube video. When I try to access it I get an error that the video is private. Not sure if settings need to be changed to access ??

    November 20, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
  9. Jen

    Thanks for letting me know, Beth. I just sent you an email about this. I think the problem is fixed, but, then, I didn’t think there should be a problem in the first place!

    November 20, 2013 @ 3:27 pm
  10. Tess

    Hi, Jan…

    Please post the YouTube link for this. I’ve searched and searched there without success and would love to know how to do this. Thanks so much for your help!

    November 29, 2013 @ 10:21 pm
  11. Jen

    Hi, Tess. Thanks for your interest in the Make Pearl video. Look for an email from me.

    November 30, 2013 @ 10:52 am
  12. Christine

    Hi! I just found you blog and I love it!!
    I would also LOVE to see the YouTube video on making Pearl Cotton!
    Purity Please 🙂

    December 6, 2013 @ 7:32 am
  13. Jen

    Christine, I just sent you an email.

    December 6, 2013 @ 8:51 am

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