A week or so ago, I bought a focal bead from Amanda Manda's site while attending a glassy get together at Di East's Studio 19 at Enderby in Leicestershire, Studio 19
I wanted to try a slightly different form of knotting to form the necklace so got the instructions from Suzen Millodot's book "Ornamental Knots for Beaded Jewellery" and this is the result.
with a close up of Manda's focal bead.
I agonised over how to finish off the cord at the bottom and finally decided on a small tassel. The type of knot used is called Phoenix Tail, hence the title while the knot at the bottom of the bead is a button knot.