Friday, September 14, 2012

Knotted Friendship Bracelet TUTORIAL

 Knotted Friendship Bracelet TUTORIAL

It's time to show off my first project tutorial designed for Ornamentea.com! Wear and give these adorable friendship bracelets. I'm so excited about these colorful lil' cuties. They are made with my favorite Irish waxed linen cord and Swarovski rhinestone ball beads that add just the right touch of sparkle. I had a blast creating them and playing around with the rich-hued linen and glittery rhinestone beads. I know you will, too. They are simple and oh-so-chic and stylish. These bracelets are a great way to add just a touch of those trendy bright colors for Fall and they are wonderful projects to make for the holiday season. You will want to make a whole stack of them. Find all the supplies for them and the FREE tutorial HERE on the website. Plus, with the quantities of the materials on Ornamentea's  website, you can make exactly two of the same bracelet. That works out perfectly! You can keep one and give a matching bracelet to a friend, hence the friendship part. I love that you can make a whole bunch of these and give them as gifts. Absolutely ideal for any gift-giving occasion.
 Knotted Friendship Bracelet
Ingredients

Tools
- Scissors
- Ruler
- Macrame board and T-pin or clipboard

1. Cut a 16" piece of cord. This will be your "core" bracelet cord. The remaining long piece of cord will be your "working" cord you will be knotting with. Bring one end of each cord together.Measure 3" from the ends and tie an overhand knot with both cords as shown.

2. Pin the knot to your macramé board with the T-pin or clip to a clipboard. Use the "working" cord to tie half-hitch knots around the "core" cord as shown. Hold the "core" cord taut as you knot and pull the knots tight. The knots will twist, creating a spiral pattern as you go along. Continue tying
half-hitch knots around the "core" cord for 3". Use the "working" cord to tie an overhand knot after the last half-hitch knot. Trim close to the knot.

3. Use the "core" cord to string 1 brass bead, the rhinestone ball and 1 brass bead. Tie the "working" cord back onto the "core" cord with an overhand knot just under the last bead as shown. Trim tail. Use the "working" cord to tie half-hitch knots around the "core" cord for 3". Tie an overhand knot with both cords after the last half-hitch knot. Trim both cords 3" from the overhand knot.

4. Place the left and right bracelet tails parallel to each other with ends in opposite directions as shown. With the remaining piece of your "working" cord, you will create the sliding knot closure for the bracelet.

5. Place the "working" cord on top of the bracelet tails. Loosely wrap the "working" cord around the bracelet tails and the tail of the "working" cord. Wrap the cord around your finger to keep the wraps loose and to help keep track of the wraps. Wrap about 5 times around, moving towards the
tail end of the "working" cord as shown. Insert the end of the "working" cord through the wraps you just made, exiting through where you started wrapping. Pull the ends of the "working" cord tight.


6. String 1 brass bead onto the "working" cord tails; tie an overhand knot and trim as shown. String 3 brass beads to each of the bracelet tails; tie an overhand knot and trim.


11 comments:

  1. Oh Erin, I love this style! I love how you combined the colors, and with those glittery beads (can't remember what they are called right now :-)).
    Congrats on being an Ornamentea designer.

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  2. Ha, I reveal myself as the very casual reader I am, mainly looking at the images in blog posts ...
    Swarovski rhinestone ball beads. That's what they are called of course.

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  3. That is the cutest set! I have used that same technique on bracelets this spring, including my favorite with a vintage anchor button and using rough twine rope! These are bright and fun, just like you! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  4. I really like these! and can't wait to check out the tutorial - thanks!

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  5. Knotted friendship bracelets are in trend nowadays. The tutorial you provided to make it, really helped.

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  6. My daughter loved this bracelets, great tutorial! Thanks for sharing:)

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  8. Very creative...The bracelet is beautiful well I like this trend very much thanks for the tutorial!

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  9. Erin, this is such a sweet bracelet design and I like your use of bright colors. So exciting that you are designing for Ornamentea!! :-)

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  10. trendy friendship braceletsOctober 6, 2012 at 5:24 AM

    Hmm!!! This knotted friendship belt looks trendy and at the same time traditional also.Eager to see tutorial.

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