Macramé is the art of tying knots, according to Sheri Haab, author of “Beaded Macramé Jewelry: Stylish Designs, Exciting New Materials.” Jewelry crafters use this art to create various jewellery items, from earrings to bracelets. Although hemp cord is primarily associated with macramé, you can use any cord or string of your choice to make a bracelet.
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Things you need
- Hemp cord or string of your choice
Measure the circumference of your wrist. Cut two pieces of hemp cord that are at least three times this measurement. For instance, if your measurement is 7 inches, cut two strands measuring 21 inches each.
Fold one strand in half. Hold a pencil in a horizontal position. Drape the strand on the barrel of the pencil so that the loop hangs just over the front of it and the loose ends hang behind it. Pass the loose ends through the loop and pull them tight. Repeat this step with the second strand. There should be four strands hanging down from the pencil. Mentally label these strands, from right to left, "A," "B," "C" and "D."
Take strand A to the left side, over strand B and strand C (the two middle strands) and under strand D.
Take strand D behind strand B and strand C, and through the loop strand A formed. Pull strand A and strand D tight to form a half-square knot.
Continue this strand-crossing process until the bracelet is as long as you wish. The half-square knots will form spirals as you work.
Slide the loops off the pencil. Pull strand B and strand C to reduce the size of the loops a little. Hold all four strands together and tie two knots to secure your work. Cut the excess string as close to the knots as possible.
Place the bracelet on your wrist. Pass the knot through the loop to keep the bracelet on your wrist.
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