Brushstrokes Macrame Bracelet Tutorial

Brushstrokes Macrame Bracelet  
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Brushstrokes Macrame Bracelet

This easy-to-wear bracelet will become a favorite. The ceramic flower makes a perfect button and the hand-painted rayon gimp knots into a palette of glowing color. The length given will make up to an 8 inch bracelet, to create a wrap you can increase the measurements.

If you have never used macrame before, don't be scared! The basic square stitch used in this bracelet is a perfect way to begin. The smooth surface of the gimp is also generous to beginners-you'll find that you can knot and un-knot several times without any wear and tear on the fibers!

Designer Cynthia Deis

Ingredients

- 1 Handmade ceramic button
- 1 package hand-painted rayon gimp cording (you'll use 100 inches/2.54 meters for this bracelet)
- 12 Toho cube beads, 4x4 mm


Tools

- Fray Check thread glue
- Scissors

You may also want a clip or clothes pin to clip the end of the bracelet down as you are working. Try a flat piece of cardboard with a clothes pin or a clipboard.

1.Cut gimp cording into 1-30 inch/76 cm piece and 1-70 inch/178 cm piece. Set aside remainder for another project. You may wish to finish all ends with Fray Check thread glue by placing a small drop of glue on the fiber and allowing to dry. Trim any loose threads.

2.Locate the center of both strands of gimp and line them up. Carefully tie an overhand knot in the center, keeping both strands smooth while tying. Feed all four gimp ends through the hole in the center of the Holi Posi Flower bead.

3.Divide strands, placing the longer strands on the right and left-hand sides and the two shorter strands in the center of your work. Grasp the right-hand strand and pass it under the center strands as shown.Leave a loop on the right-hand side and place the tail of the strand straight out on the left-hand side. Grasp the left-hand(LH) strand and lay it under the tail of the right-hand(RH) strand, then run over the center strands and then through the loop. Pull both tails tight.

4.To create the second half of the square knot start with the strand on the left-hand side. Grasp the left-hand strand and pass it under the center strands as shown. Leave a loop on the left-hand side and place the tail of the strand straight out on the right-hand side. Grasp the right-hand(RH) strand and lay it under the tail of the left-hand(LH) strand, then run over the center strands and then through the loop. Pull both tails tight. Repeat # 3-4 six times to create a band of square stitches approximately .75 inch/2 cm long.

5. Feed a cube bead onto the center strands and push it up to your knots. Continue knotting as before for .75 inch/2 cm. Repeat to add a second bead. Continue until the bracelet is .75 inch/2 cm shorter than you want it to be.

6.To create the loop closure pull one of the longer strands out to the side and create a loop that fits snugly around the Holi Posi Flower. Knot all four strands of the gimp in an overhand knot as shown. To make the knot pretty, hold the strands smooth and flat as you create the knot. Adjust and tighten the knot. There will be a loop before the knot and four tails hanging out of the knot.

7. Decide how long you want your tails to remain. Tie an over hand knot in one of the tails, feed a bead onto the gimp and then tie a second knot to secure the bead. Trim the gimp and place a drop of Fray Check on the fiber to prevent fraying. Repeat with remaining tails.

 

UH-OH! What went wrong?

Your stitches look odd and uneven; you may have forgotten to alternate sides or you may have pulled too tight when knotting. Unknot and start again

Your knots are rotating around the center strands: you have only done one-half of the stitch and have not alternated. This creates a spiral stitch. Unknot and start again.

Your knots are laying on top of the center strands; you didn't run the strand under them as you were knotting. Unknot and start again.

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