Emily takes knotting to the next level

HANAMAULU — Emily Judkins has taken knots to the next level.

The Wailua Homesteads woman has created a line of jewelry using Chinese knots in cordage, a craft she started in 2004.

Saturday, Judkins said she’s taken Chinese knotting to a new level.

“Silver wire is softer and more malleable,” said Judkins, a vendor at the King Kaumualii Elementary School PTSA craft fair. “It lends itself well to knotting.”

The results are a fine line of reasonably-priced jewelry.

“I was already working with cordage doing Chinese knotting,” said Judkins, who offers lessons in jewelry. “I just wanted to do something different.”

She said her diverse talents make her work standout.

“When I was 15, I took in training in jewelry, starting with wire,” Judkins, who was living in Tennessee, said. “I also learned soldering, bezel making.”

At 19, Judkins took a break from jewelry, turning to pottery and moving to Hawaii in 1998.

The move exposed her to Chinese knotting and Oriental design, which she discovered in 2002.

Judkins also offers a line of miniature origami, or paperfolding, cranes transformed into earrings through her work with wire under the Shinobu Uncommons label.

Her next appearance will be at the All Saints Craft Fair, Dec. 7 at the All Saints Gym in Kapaa.

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