Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Make Macramé Bracelets with Kathleen Care

Howdy crafty buddies!  My friend Kathleen Care is here today to show us how to make these simple, modern macramé bracelets!  Oh, the color and supply possibilities are endless!  Make some for yourself or with your kiddos and their besties!

Materials: .8mm Chinese knotting cord                
Cut cord: 2 x 15” pieces, 2 x 3’ pieces, 1 x 16” piece

Step 1: Attached cord to each side of the connector. Fold the 15” piece in half and thread through connector. Bring ends back through the loop and pull to tighten.


Step 2: Attached one of the 3’ pieces. Center under the 2 middle strands and tie with simple knot to attach. Fold the RIGHT cord over the Middle strands and under the LEFT cord. See below picture. Pull the LEFT cord under the RIGHT and MIDDLE strands and through the loop on the RIGHT side. See picture below.



Pull tight and slide the knot up to the top next to connector. The knot you just completed in the first step in making a square knot.


Step 3 Finish the second half of the square knots by folding the LEFT cord over the MIDDLE strands and under the RIGHT cord. Pull RIGHT cord under the LEFT and MIDDLE strands and through the loop on the LEFT side. See below pictures.



Pull to tighten. This completes the square knot. See picture below.


Step 4: Repeat this pattern until desired length is reached. Keep in mind the clasp will take up about ½”. Leave all the tails of your working cord until you have completed both sides to make necessary adjustments. Step 5: Repeat all the steps on the other side of the connector. Clip tails of the working cord but make sure you leave the tails of the MIDDLE strands to attach the clasp. See picture with labels for clarification.


Step 6: Making the clasp. Use the same square not pattern used to create the first parts of the bracelet, only you will have 4 middle strands now instead of 2. See pictures below.


1. To make the sliding closure, shape the bracelet into a circle and overlap the middle strands. Use wire or scrap cord to temporarily tie the cords together at each end if needed.
 2. Take the 16” cord piece and cent it under the strands.
 3. Start tying square knots exactly the same way you did to make the bracelet.
 4. Stop after about 1/2” of knotting.
 5. Remove temporary binding cords.
 Step 7: Finishing. The 2 sets of middle strands are now the adjustable ties of the bracelet. Adjust to fit over the hand and wrist and tie each end into simple knots. Step 8: Fire. Clip and burn all excess cord ends to keep from fraying. See closure in picture below.


Enjoy, and show us what you make with the #etsydallastutorial hashtag on Instagram!  

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