I know there are a lot of tutorials on macramé bracelets around the internet but it is a really useful technique for jewellery making plus I have a tutorial for a new twist on the macramé bracelet next week. You can also make these without needing lots of pliers and other tools so it is a nice and simple jewellery making project.
I find looking on Etsy for jewellery making supplies is fatal for my bank balance however there are some really beautiful connectors to make your macramé bracelets stand out.
1. These circle and infinity connctors are made from sterling silver and gold vermeil. These came from Fabulous Rocks.
2. These are little gemstone and sterling silver connectors are sold by lots of sellers on Etsy.
3. For some beautiful big dyed jade, hamsa and other amulets try Lustrous Things.
4. Some larger gemstone and sterling connectors again from Fabulous Rocks
5. This artisan heart bead has a big enough to pass cord through. For a selection try Cathy Dailey.
You will need:
1mm waxed cotton cord, c-lon thread or embroidery thread.
glue or a lighter to secure the ends.
a safety pin if you would rather to pin your bracelet to something while you work
For my step by step photos I used 2 different colours to make the instructions easy to follow. Usually you use the same colours
1. Cut a piece of cord 15cm long and fold it in half.
2. Thread the loop trough your connector and pass the ends of the cords through the loop.
3. Pull the ends and the knot should tighen.
4. Take another piece of cord about 40cm long (in my photos the blue cord) and place it underneath the centre (orange) cord.
5. Tie a knot around the centre cord. You want there to be an equal length of the blue cord either side.
6. Take the left hand (blue) cord and place it over the centre (orange) cord to make a “4” shape.
7. Take the right hand (blue) cord and place it under where the left hand cord crosses the centre cord and pass it through the loop made by the left hand cord. The end of the right hand cord should be over the left hand cord.
8. Pull both cords together and the knot will tighten.
9. Repeat but reversing the cords. Position the right cord over the centre cord to make a backwards “4” shape.
10. Pass the left hand cord under where the right hand cord passes over the centre cord and up through the loop so the end of the right hand cord is now over the left hand cord.
11. Pull both ends of cord so the knot tightens.
12.Keep repeating this pattern on both sides of the connector until the bracelet is as long as you want it.
13. Thread the end of one of the cords on to the embroidery needle. Pass the needle and the cord through a couple of the knots and pull it tight.
14. Repeat with all 4 ends.
15. Cut the ends of the blue cord and either glue or melt the ends with a lighter to hold them in place.
16. Take the centre cords and cross them over each other to make a bracelet shape. Tape into place. Take another piece of cord about 20cm long and place it under all the centre cords.
17. Tie about 6 macramé knots (Steps 5 to 11) around all of the central cords. These cords will need to slide through the macramé knots so the bracelet can be tightened and loosened so don’t make them too tight. Secure the ends of the macramé again by using the embroidery needle to pass the ends back through a couple of knots and glue or melt to secure.
18. Cut the centre threads so you have equal length either side and tie a knot to stop it pulling all the way through. You could always add a bead to the end.
Next week I have a variation on this technique to make another bracelet.