Monday, June 20, 2011
This is my latest creation. I call it my "O' Canada" bracelet. Because it's red and white. :)
Here's how I made it.
- dowel to anchor project onto
- red embroidery floss
- small clear glass beads
- long and thin clear glass beads
- This one took me a whopping 7 hours to bead!
- beginner macrame
Begin your project the same way as the beaded wavy bracelet. Of course, you only use red floss if you're going for the O' Canada look ;). Tie it onto the dowel in the same manner and use the same lengths. You'll end up with 10 threads to work with.
Using the leftmost thread as anchor, tie a horizontal clove hitch row across the top using each individual thread. Tie another row going in the opposite direction as well.
Thread a long clear bead onto each thread. This took me near an hour and a half each time I got to this step! Gah! Those tiny, long beads are frustrating!
Tie one row or two of horizontal clove hitch.
Leave the outermost threads on each side empty. Staring with the second one in on both sides put 1 glass bead on those two. Then go to the next threads in line, the third ones in on both sides. Thread them with 2 beads. Then the fourth ones in, thread them with 3 beads, and the last ones in the middle thread with 4 beads.
Create half of the "X" pattern with your horizontal clove hitch, using the threads that you left empty as anchors.
Once you get to the centre of your "X", start beading again. Don't put a bead on your two anchor threads. Starting with the two centre threads (excluding your anchors), thread them with 1 bead. The next two innermost threads, thread with 3 beads. The next two in line get 5 beads and the outermost threads get 7 beads.
Continue creating your "X" pattern with the clove hitch knot
Repeat Step 5 with your beading.
Tie Two horizontal clove hitch rows. Then start the whole process again. And then again. You should end up with 4 rows of long thin beading and 3 "x" patterns when you are done. End the project by doing Step 2 again and then tying all of your threads in a knot. Trim off the excess making sure to leave a few inches for tying the bracelet to your wrist.
Remove the bracelet from the dowel and put it on!
If 7 hours seems like too long a time to spend tying this pretty bracelet, but you would still like to have it, you can purchase it from Tawny Bee for only $7! That's a dollar an hour folks! Great deal for Canada Day:
O' Canada Micro-Macrame Bracelet on Etsy
O' Canada Micro-Macrame Bracelet on Zibbet
And of course I'm sharing this cool project with a few faves:
Link Up Lounge - Deals and Dishes
The More The Merrier Monday - The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Sugar and Spice - Seven Thirty Three