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.

Potato Pearl necklace & bracelet

 

 

My make over the weekend, two potato pearl necklaces/bracelets, using coffee potato pearls one with lilac potato pearls as an accent and the other with turquoise potato pearls. I wanted to make a necklace that would double up as a bracelet too, so I made a simple rosary chain style using potato pearls and 0.4mm antique bronze wire. The “necklace” is roughly 32″ and when used as a “bracelet” it makes 4 wraps around my wrist.