BD-i Tiaramaking March Design Challenge

 

Well I did tell you I’d been busy with several projects, three posts in one day!!!!

This micro macramé bracelet is my first piece made from the BD-i Tiaramaking Design Challenge bundle for March, I loved the colours in the pack I received. I received the ‘Touch of Teal’ bundle, there are three different colour bundles, the other colour packs are ‘Peaches & Cream’ and ‘Lovely in Lilac’.

 

 

You can purchase the challenge bundles here, for the bargain price of just £5. Once you have received you Design Challenge bundle, you can create anything you like using your own findings etc but only the beads from the bundle. Upload a photo of your design to your Facebook page, tagging BD-i, or email your photos directly to BD-i before the closing date and then a winner will be chosen to receive the next challenge bundle for free. You can find full details of the challenge over on BD-i’s blog

Well I’ve more beading to get done, I’ve stacks of beads still to use from the March challenge pack, so no more blogging today the beads are calling!

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s designs :)

Micro Macramé Necklaces

 

I’ve a design in my head that I want to make but it’s going to take me sometime to figure out cord lengths and the best way to knot up the design, so I decided to make smaller pieces to use as a basis on how to figure out parts of the design and the best way of creating the larger design I’ve in mind!!!

This is one of the pieces I’ve made, with my larger design in mind, a small collar style necklace made using 1mm waxed polyester cord and faceted rondelles. The faceted rondelles are from BD-i Tiaramaking and which I received as pack of my February DT pack, they are a strand of multi-colour rondelles which have some beautiful colours in the strand. I was feeling in a monochrome mood when I made this piece so I used some of the clear rondelles.

I was really pleased with the design so I decided to make another!!

 

 

This is made with 1mm waxed polyester cord and faceted haematite beads.

Kambaba Jasper Micro Macramé Pendant

 

I’ve been busy with several projects recently, which I’ll be adding to the blog shortly, and this is one my recent makes. This cabochon was part of my Xmas pressies from my Mum & Dad. I  gave them a long list of goodies I wanted, so they could pick & choose from the list, and even though I knew what I’d put on the list it was still a lovely surprise on Xmas Day because I didn’t know what items had be ordered :)

This cab is from Spoilt Rotten Beads, Kambaba Jasper is a stone I’ve not used before and I love it, the patterning and colour is beautiful. I’ve got a lovely Opalite cab waiting to be wrapped but I can’t decide what colour(s) to use, it has a beautiful glow and lots of colour flash, decisions, decisions!!!!

 

Micro Macramé Cuff Style Bracelet

 

 

My latest make a micro macramé bracelet, using a white magnesite cabochon as the focal point. I didn’t have a clear design when I started this piece, the only firm idea I had when I started was I wanted to incorporate the leaves. It took a bit longer than normal to knot because my shoulder is still giving me trouble but I got there in the end and I’m pleased with the result.

I’ve got some beautiful goodies from BD-I Tiaramaking to make DT pieces, some really sparkly rondelles. I must stop admiring them and get making lol

Micro Macramé Bracelet Tutorial

 

This is the macramé pattern that I used to create the necklace on a recent project, Micro Macramé Necklace with Agate pendant. I’ve done a quick tutorial for the pattern, it’s a popular design with knotters because its so versatile, you can add beads to the design, hang beads or charms from the loops, you can add more cords and do different knots or weaves in the oval sections and you can make multiple joined sections which makes a very eye catching design.

 

Materials

31″ cord x 8, 1mm waxed polyester cord

Optional jump rings & toggle clasp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tie a loose overhand knot, using all the    cords, approx 5 1/2″ from the end.

Divide the cords into two groups of 4 cords.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the two centre cords, make a diagonal Double Half Hitch (DHH) knot using the left cord as the holding cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with the right group of cords, using the left cord as the holding cord make a row of diagonal DHH knots, working left to right, with the three remaining cords.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the same holding cord make a row of diagonal DHH knots, using the three knotting cords, working right to left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with the left hand group of cords, use the cord on the right as the holding cord make a row of diagonal DHH knots, working right to left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the same holding cord, make a row of diagonal DHH knots, working left to right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the two centre cords make a DHH knot, to join the oval together, the left cord is the holding cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat steps 4 to 7, until you reach the desired length for your bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can choose how to finish the bracelet, I attached the cords to closed jump rings using vertical Larks Head knots and added a toggle clasp. There is sufficient cord remaining at each end if you would prefer to make a sliding clasp.

Hope the tutorial is useful and I’d loved to see your designs :)

 

 

 

 

 

Macramé work station & equipment

 

I thought it might be useful to share my “macramé work station”, it has saved me some serious discomfort, even before my shoulder troubles!!

I’m sure anyone who has done macramé at some point has encountered the tight neck and sore back from hunching over their projects, it is important to make sure your sitting comfortable and not leaning over your project or you will no doubt end up in some discomfort.

I usually do my macramé sat on the settee so just resting my macramé board on my knee results in me hunching over the board, so I invested in an artists easel and it is so much more comfortable to do my knotting. I got my easel from Hobbycraft, when they had a half price sale on for roughly £18, it’s light weight so it will sit on my knee without crushing my legs and can hold my macramé board horizontally or vertically depending on the project and I can adjust the tilt of the board easily. This is the easel I use, http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/hobbycraft-table-easel/566866-1000, you’ll find this style much cheaper in other retailers but as I said earlier I got mine when they were on sale.

 

I also have a clip on LED light, purchased from Argos http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4325750.htm. I did think about  buying a daylight lamp but as I actually have two already, table lamps not clip on models, it didn’t seem worth it expense wise for me. I do my colour matching and planning with my table lamp and use the LED light purely to make sure I can see my knotting clearly. The plug for the light has a little jack so I can wrap the cord up on my board, when I’m not using it, without the plug clunking about.



If you don’t fancy using an easel for your macramé, I’d recommend you do put something under your macramé board to put it at a comfortable slant. I had a piece of foam, recycled from packaging, not sure what its called its not styrofoam though, which hubby cut into an elongated triangle to rest my board on, great when at a table but not great when sat on the settee.

 

My other essentials for my macramé -

Macramé board, I use the Beadsmith board but there are different types available and you can even make your own, there are tutorials on the web.

Pins, lots of pins, I tend to use dressmaker pins. I do have some T-pins but prefer the dressmakers pins, I’ve found the T-pins too chunky for the cords I use and I always seem to catch my thread in the T, damaging the cord.

Fray Block & fabric glue, I use these when finishing projects made using C-Lon cord. I apply both using a paint brush so I don’t apply too much and it goes exactly where I want it. I apply the Fray Block first before trimming any cords, when it’s completely dry I trim the cords and then apply the fabric glue.

Thread snips or super sharp pointy scissors.

 

Do you have any tips for macrame, I loved to hear from my fellow knotters :)

 


 

 


 

Micro Macramé Necklace with Agate cabochon

 

My latest make, over the weekend, an agate cabochon macramé wrapped with macramé necklace. My shoulder is still giving me trouble so I have to pace myself or I will end up not being able to do any jewellery making at all, aargh!!!! I’ve visited the doctors and am waiting on shoulder exercises to help it, not physio but written instructions?? Will have to see how I go on I suppose, fingers crossed :)

I’ll be adding a blog post later day about my macramé work station, my shoulder trouble would be seriously aggravated if I didn’t have my current set-up.

Micro Macramé Cuff style bracelet

Yesterday’s project, a micro macramé cuff style bracelet with haematite beads. This is a test piece and whilst I’m happy with the design, I need to adjust a couple of things, I want to shape the ends of the design and I’d prefer a different closure but overall pleased with the result :)

Micro Macramé Donut Necklace Tutorial

 

Materials 

100″ purple 1mm waxed polyester cord x 2

140″ cream 1mm waxed polyester cord x 1

8″ purple 1mm waxed polyester cord x 1

Donut stone (31mm)

 

Step by Step Instructions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Fold cream cord in half and attach to the donut using a reverse larks head knot ( reverse LHK).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Make a half hitch knot (HHK) on each side of the reverse LHK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Take one of you purple cords and fold at 30″, so you will have 30″ and 70″ cords, and attach to the donut using a reverse LHK, it is important to have the shorter, 30″, on the far left and far right when attaching to the donut. The 30″ cord becomes the lazy strand in the half square knot necklace section, the shorter, 30″, cord will be cord 1 and 6, if you numbered you cords from left to right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Using the 8″ purple cord, make slip knot in one end of the cord, approx 2/3″ from the end, pin the slip knot securely to your board. This cord will be used as the lazy strand for the row of Double Half Hitch knots (DHHK), going from left to right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Using the same lazy strand from the previous row, make a row of DHHKs going from right to left. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Using the same lazy strand from the previous row, make a row of DHHKs going left to right. The lazy strand now becomes redundant and is no longer used, you can finish the cord ends by trimming and melting the ends to seal, if using waxed polyester or nylon cord, or you can glue and trim the ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Spilt the cords into two groups of 3 cords, make a diagonal row of DHHK with each group, join the rows using two centre cords with a DHHK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Make a second row of diagonal DHHK using each group of cords, again join the two rows with the centre cords using a DHHK. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. The necklace section is made using a half square knot, using three strands – two working cords and one lazy strand, for each side. The lazy strand is the shorter cord in the three cords remaining on each side of the knotted bail.

My necklace section measured approximately 12″, each side, and if you want a longer necklace there is sufficient cord to make it a little longer. 

To finish the necklace you could make a sliding clasp, so you have an adjustable necklace, or use ribbon cord ends, as I did in the green version, or you could attach the remaining cords to closed jump rings using vertical larks head knot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you find the tutorial useful and if you do make your own version please drop me a line, I’d loved to see your makes :)

Micro Macramé necklace with Fancy Agate donut

 

Today’s make a micro macramé necklace with Fancy Agate donut, made with 1mm waxed polyester cord. I have a few of the Fancy Agate donuts, some lovely colours in the mix, so be prepared to see more donuts in future jewellery pieces.

 

I am wondering whether to do a tutorial for the necklace, what do you think, yeah or nay? Let me know what you think :)