easy macrame bracelet tutorial

Macrame Bracelet Tutorial Samples

I’ve been so wanting to do a tutorial and I finally decided on this cute little macrame bracelet. It’s based on the knotted bracelets you see in tourist shops. They’re very simple to make and depending on the cord and beads you choose, you can design them to suit your style. They also make great gifts because of the somewhat adjustable length on the sliding clasp.

Just about any kind of cord and beads will work as long as the bead holes are large enough for two cords to fit through. Only one knot, a simple square knot is used throughout. The sliding clasp is as simple to finish as the bracelet and the entire project can be done in one episode of American Idol or whatever you fancy TV wise.

You’ll need a few simple things:
  • clipboard with a piece of foamcore or cardboard cut to fit
  • 4 yards cord (I used C-Lon Tex 400 for this demo)
  • 8 or more beads depending on length of bracelet
  • 2 smaller beads for dangles
  • 3 straight pins
  • scissors
  • needlepoint needle for finishing (has a round ballpoint end)
  • needlenose jewelry pliers (optional)
Instructions

Step 11) Cut 2 pieces of cord about 24″, hold together and clip them under the clipboard about 8″ from the one end. These will be the filler cords. I’m using a shade of lavender for my filler cords.

Cut one piece of cord about 2 yards long. This will become the knotting cords. Normally I use the same color cord for both filler and knotting cords, but just for this demo I’m using a dark shade of purple for the knotting cords. Find the middle of the knotting cord, slip under the filler cords and pin to foamcore board. Now we’ll begin working square knots with the knotting cords over the filler cords.

Step 22) I’m right handed so I usually start with the cord to the right side of the filler cords. Lay it over the filler cords horizontally forming a loop on right. Take left cord and place over horizontal cord, then underneath all cords and up through loop on right. Pull both knotting cords out and tight. That’s 1/2 of the square knot.

Step 33) Repeating step 2, but take the left cord and lay over the filler cords horizontally forming a loop on left. Take right cord and place over horizontal cord, then underneath all cords and up through loop on left. Pull both knotting cords out and tight. You just made one complete square knot.

Step 44) Continue making square knots and placing a bead on the filler cords after every 3 to 5 square knots. The number of knots depends on the size of cord, the size of the beads and however many knots looks pleasing to you. Continue this pattern to the desired length. Keep in mind that the sliding clasp will add about 1/2″.

When you’re done, thread one knotting cord on to your needle and sew up the center as far as you can. If you have trouble, use a pair of jewelry pliers to pull your needle through. If you find that your knots are very tight and you cannot sew the entire cord through, unravel the 3-ply cord and sew each thread up individually. After neatly sewing up both knotting cords, trim off the excess.

Step 55) Next we’ll make the clasp. Form your work into a circle and hold together by loosely tying with a bit of cord near both edges of knots (I used orange). Pin bracelet to foamcore.

Cut a cord about 12″ long. Just as you did in step 1, slip this cord under all four cords and work square knots over all four cords for 1/2 inch. Finish ends off just like you did with the bracelet. While sewing these ends in, be sure to avoid putting needle through the cords that are encased in clasp.

Step 66) Remove those bits of temporary cord. There are 2 loose cords coming out of each end of the clasp section. Hold 2 cords together and form a slip knot, place a bead on both cords, then form another slip knot to hold in place. Trim off the excess. Run around and show off to everyone you know.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I’d be happy to help you. I didn’t design this bracelet, in fact I disassembled one of those inexpensive tourist versions just to see how they finished off the ends. So feel free to work up this design to your heart’s content.

Cheers, Monica

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  1. I am new to macramé. So I tried this project last night and it was so easy and turned out beautiful….Thank you for sharing this project with us!!!!

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  2. THANK YOU for the awesome tutorial. THANK you for the PDF version. I greatly appreciate it.

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  3. Excellent, I used a lighter and melted to ends to seal

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I just finished my first bracelet. God bless you

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  5. Hi Monica,

    Your bracelets are awesome…just what I’ve been looking for. The length of the cords to be cut confuse me though. Some of the cording is quite expensive and I’m wondering if you really need to cut 2 filler cords 24″ long. That seems very long to me for a wrist and 2 yds for the knotting cord? I just want to make sure before I begin. Maybe you meant one at 24″, then cut in half? See I’m confused! LOL!

    Thanks for your time and will be looking forward to your reply!
    Patti

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    1. Hi Patti,

      It may seem like 24″ is too much. I wanted the materials list to work for a bracelet that may fit up to an 8″ wrist. So think of it this way: 8″ for bracelet, and another 8″ to work each end.

      You really need extra thread to form those last knots that hold the smaller dangle beads. It may be that you cut off 4″ but you’ll be glad you had that 4″ to work with.

      By the way I’m very thrifty myself and I hate wasting cord. I keep a small but decorative container to hold wads of cord ends that I can use for whatever down the road. I swear I was not alive during the depression!

      Cheers.
      Monica

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      1. Thanks Monica!
        It all makes sense now, having a little extra on the ends will make the whole process much easier! By the way…I wasn’t around during the depression either…but my Mom sure was!! Haha! She knew how to cut corners and save anything and everything. I guess it rubbed off on me! But…that’s not such a bad thing because I learned from the best!
        Thanks again!
        Patti

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      2. Hi Monica

        when you say “sew it through the middle” what do you mean? surely the bits of thread would just slip out over time? especially on the draw string bit? on other websites it says to glue the threads down etc. I just wondered if it will actually be secure if I just “sew” it

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        1. Hi Charlotte,

          I’ve never had my threads come undone. They fit so snugly in place partly due to the thickness and partly due to my tension in tying the knots that they are sewn through. You can certainly dab a little glue in there if you prefer. For the clasp portion if you use glue be sure not to get any glue on the drawstring. Test opening and closing as the glue dries.

          Thanks for your question!
          Monica

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        2. Monica, you are an answer to a prayer… thank you soooooooooooo much for this. <3

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        3. Thanks so much for this- I’m a silversmith, but have been looking for simple projects to do with my daughters… :)

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        4. I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile. Didn’t think I’d find it in my own backyard. You have saved me a million headaces. I used to macrame before like for hanging plants but never could figure out how to do the end of the bracelet. I kept wondering how to make it so that the strings a the end would open & close the darn thing. now I know. Thanks to you.

          I will remember this website forever.

          Thanking you sincerely,
          Nidia

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        5. Hi, could I know what type of string you’re using?

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        6. My bracelet twisted. Can anyone help please?

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          1. Sue,
            I’m pretty sure that you are into a spiral due to making half knots instead of square knots. Think of a square knot as right over left and then left over right. If you start each knot on the same side you will definately spiral. Let me know if this helps.
            Monica

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          2. Alternate the sides you take the string from. Once start from the left, the next start from the right . This completes the knot which is what you want. Continue alternating the sides you start from. Over from left. Next time over from the right. hope that helps.

            Sincerely,
            nidia

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          3. Someone on one of my groups gave me this link so i could start making bracelets omg i am so thankful as your tutorial was so easy to follow (i have tried youtube and all usual places) i am now making my first ever bracelet using the square knot and i am so excited. thankyou so much xxxx

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          4. Thanks so much for this. A friend just saw one of these and was wondering if I could make her one. I know how to do macrame, but couldn’t figure out how to make it adjustable. Thanks so much.

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          5. Such a brilliant tutorial – I needed some refreshment as it has been yrs since I had made bracelets & your tutorial was amazing. Thank you for putting it “out there”

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          6. I am confused in the beginning with the 8″. Do I clip 8″ down from the top of the filler cord and have 16″ that I will be knotting over?

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            1. Hi Monica,

              I found your tutorial when looking for an answer for a way to fix a sliding knot macrame bracelet I purchased at the Field Museum in Chicago. It was a very inexpensive scarab bracelet from Egypt which I didn’t open until returning home to Rockford, IL. When I pull it to fit my wrist, it doesn’t stay closed at all. I have temporarily solved the problem by tying a knot around the center knot which works but is very inconvenient when removing. Can you offer a better solution for my problem? I would really appreciate any ideas you might have.

              Thanks, Barbara

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            2. Lovely clear, calm tutorial, thanks so much. I was confused only with the “8″at one end, but figured that out later … and thats the way I learn. Appreciate this a lot!

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            3. Dear Monica, I just finished my first macrama bracelet and I can’t thank you enough, it came out fairly nice..I still need to practice,,, my macrame clasp needs more practice but it works…thanks for sharing..

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            4. Love it! Just what we were looking for to start off with. Great tutorial. :)
              L

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            5. Hi Monica- thank you for this tutorial. It has solved the mystery of what to do with pesky ends.
              Now to master the tension of my knots!

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            6. I just whipped out a couple of these using hemp…thanks so much for the tutorial!

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            7. Hi Monica.. tutorial was wonderful – thanks for sharing! I just started my first project and I am confused as to how to finish the ends? I understand that you are threading the knotting cords back up into the ends, though what do you do with the two filler cords which are left on both remaining ends? and for the fact that I had a heck of a time trying to get my needle point needle in through my knots without having to unravel that portion of my work :(

              Thanks in advance for your help!
              D

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            8. GRACIAS MONICA, ESTOY BUSCANDO PARA HACER PULZERAS EN MACRAME Y DE TODAS LAS QUE HE VISTO, LA DE USTED ES LA MEJOR. SI SABES DIFERENTES PUNTAJES LE AGRADECERIA QUE LOS PUSIERA PORQUE PARA MI ES USTED LA MEJOR MAESTRA. AL FINAL, LOS HILOS AZUL COMO ES QUE NO SE VE EL FINAL DEL HILO AZUL CUANDO ALAS EL COLOR LAVENDER PARA YA TERMINAR? (VEMOS EL FINAL DEL COLOR LAVENDER CON SU PIEDRITA, PERO CUANDO SEPARO EL ULTIMO PUNTAJE AZUL DONDE O COMO HIZO PARA CUANDO CORTO EL AZUL QUE NO VEMOS MAS. GRACIAS

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            9. Dear Monica,

              I came across your blog and I think you make the most beautiful Jewelry. Years ago I did allot of Macrame. It looks as though the knots are the same. I am looking to make a belt and possibly straps for a purse. I am going to practice my knots using your tutorial. I am having a hard time finding the basic supplies I need to begin this project. I wondered if you ever made larger items?

              Julie
              Novi, Mi.

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            10. Is there a pattern for the bracelet pictured at the top, its beautiful!!!

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              1. Thank you for showing me this, I’ve wanted to know for awhile how to do the connection on the bracelet. Now that I know how easy it is, I will be making them for everyone in Family, your great.

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              2. I just taught my 8 yr. old grandson to macrame using your instructions! He’s thrilled that he can “tie knots” with the best of them. Thank you!

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              3. Brilliant just made one in super quick time thanks for a great tutorial

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              4. Hi Monica,

                I am a complete newbie at jewelry making (bracelets in particular) and have recently watched a few YouTube videos in a quick attempt to learn how to make a square knot etc. With your help, I have not only learned how to make a square note, but a complete macramé bracelet. Laughing, I’m a Corporate Trainer by profession, so I truly can and do appreciate your tutorial; it was easy to follow. I am so excited by the idea of mastering this technique/style. Thank you!!!

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              5. Thanks for this great tutorial. I’ve been looking for this exact bracelet pattern for months!

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              6. I cant find the C-lon Tex 400 cord. Not at Hobby lobby, michaels or Joanns. Where do you get it or order it? I am looking for a cord that is thicker than embrodery floss but thin enough for beads!

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                1. try ebay, some on there

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                2. C-lon can be purchased on Amazon.com, they have a few colors by the single spool, if you become hooked you can buy three shade variations in packages of a dozen spools, oranges and yellows, blues and neutrals, pinks and purples. the dozen kit is a savings over the single spools if you are hooked. C-lon is actually finer than embroidery thread but much tougher. Im not sure about the tex 400 variety though. joanns has hemp, bamboo, and cotton cords that are a bit thicker than embroidery thread and have much more body.

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                3. Thanks for your great tutorial! I was a macramer years ago; belts, planters ect back in the 70s! Love the slide knot and am heading to hobby lobby to get the cording! What I would really love to learn in how to make the bracelet at the top of your page…….. the one with the small beads! next tutorial???
                  jan

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                4. hi Monica

                  I must admit as much as i like making things I’m not very good with following patterns. I’ve been looking for a beaded door curtain and all the ones I’ve looked at have put me of trying but after seeing your tutorial and being able to follow it so easily I’m going to try to use it to make my curtain.

                  thanks Stacey

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                  1. Thank you so much! This was my first try at macrame, and it was brilliant! Now made myself both a bracelet and a choker using your tutorial. Happy New Year!

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                  2. Hello,

                    I am a little confused on how to sew up the knots….how can this be done????

                    Thanks,

                    Sharon

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                    1. Hi Sharon,
                      If you are using a round nose needle you likely won’t pierce the filler cords as you slide the needle through. If in doubt, before pulling the cord all the way through, move the slider portion up and down a sliver. If it does not slide you have pierced through the filler cords, just pull the needle off the cord and pull the cord out. Try again. Of course this will only work with cording that is narrow enough to fit through a needle. There are times when I have resorted to using my really humongous upholstery needles on very thick cord. Especially hemp which varies a great deal in thickness.
                      I hope this helps,
                      Monica

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                    2. Best macrame tutorial on the web. I have been trying for months to master the slide clasp and the one thing I was missing was using the needle to thread the finishing string. Oh and using the foam to hold the project in place with pins is brilliant. THANKS!!!

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                    3. Hi Monica!

                      Thank you so much for this fabulous tutorial! I have been looking for about an hour on the internet to find a way to finish off bracelets and none of them have made much sense to me, as I have never done macrame before! But this is really helpful and clear, so thank you!
                      The thing is, I am going to be making mine in leather, so of course the thing I am worried about it the sewing back through. Do you have any ideas on how this might work? Most of the bracelet is not going to be macrame, but have a Sterling silver ring as the focal. I just thought that the macrame clasp looks so much more professional and pleasing to the eye.

                      Anyway, hope you can help!

                      Thanks for your time,
                      Carolynne.

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                      1. Hi Carolynne,
                        I’m thinking this technique in leather might be a little different. I’ve never tried this but I think that if I were using leather, instead of creating a slide clasp I would snuggly thread the cords thru a sizeable slide bead and then slip knot the ends. If you’re wondering what a slide bead is, go to http://www.riogrande.com and search for “silver slide bead”.
                        Hope this helps…
                        Monica

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                      2. Where do you find the cord at you used in the demo? I’ve always used hemp but would like to try this stuff out as well.

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                        1. Hi Danny,
                          The cord used in demo (C-Lon Tex 400, 0.9mm thick) was from Marion Jewels in Fiber. If your’re looking for something heavier maybe more masculine, try leather cord, or 7-ply Waxed Linen (1.25mm thick). I just happen to have quite a bit of waxed linen left over from when I used to order wholesale, which was usually from Helby Imports. Try your local bead shop or craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann’s. Don’t rule out unusual places like Tandy Leather or American Indian Pow Wows. On-line shops such as Rio Grande and Fire Mountain Gems are also good sources.
                          Thanks for visiting!
                          Monica

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                        2. This is great. Cute bracelets. I have been wanting to learn how to make these bracelets with the sliding clasp. Thanks for sharing your tutorial, great pictures & instructions. Love your bracelet at the top of your page to. Really nice.
                          Thanks

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                        3. i tried it with normal string and it sort of twisted up.

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                        4. Can you do this with normal string? By the way your tutorial ROCKS!!!!!!!

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                        5. Thanks for the great instructions & pictures – VERY helpful! :)

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                        6. Just got back from Mexico 4 days ago from where I purchased 10 bracelets like the one in your tutorial. My friends LOVED them, so I decided to go online to see if I could find directions on how to make them, myself. Within a few minutes, I found Smitten By a Knot and your tutorial. Thank you so much…can’t wait to make one. (I have never tried macramé before ;)

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                          1. Hi Gerry,
                            Or should I say Hola! Glad you found my tutorial. Give it a try & I hope you get hooked on macrame.
                            Many thanks for visiting,
                            Monica

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                          2. hola, me gustan muchos los pulcera de macrame se como terminarlas pero como hago para que el hilo se desteja y aseguro para que el cierre no se rompa que productos o intrumentos usas para hacer el cierre y donde lo consigo . muchas gracias

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                            1. Gladys,
                              Gracias por los comentarios de su tipo. Estoy utilizando una aguja de tapiz. Tiene una punta redondeada. No estoy usando otras herramientas. Yo simplemente coser cada cordón hasta el centro de los nudos. Si se utiliza una cordón de nylon compuesto de 3 hilos, se pueden dividir las hilos y coser de forma individual. Al cambiar la dirección de la aguja no hay necesidad de usar pegamento.
                              Muchas gracias por leer mi blog.
                              Monica

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                            2. Hello Monica
                              I have been making bracelets with waxed cord and have such a problem finishing them.
                              I usually use a bead on one end and a loop to hold the bead.
                              However the beads tend to come loose.
                              I am hoping I can grasp the clasps you use that would be so much easier.
                              Sue

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                              1. Hi Sue, all you need to do, is tie the knots a bit tighter around the bead. If that doesn’t work, then try a different bead. Maybe the cord is too small for the bead’s hole, and that may be what causes the looseness. I hope this will work for you.
                                Tiffany

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                              2. How do the ends on the slide fastener not pull back out? I am thinking glue might not work there because of the pull thru ends of the bracelet. Thank you for all the information you have posted. It is very helpful.

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                                1. Hi Pat,
                                  It’s hard to spot in my photo. In order for the cords to stay put within the sliding clasp. #1) With waxed cord it not too much of a problem because the cords stick to each other so well. #2) With 3-Ply Nylon I separate the cords into 3 strands and work each individually, and I reverse direction at least once with each strand so they do not pull out. Hope this helps, Monica

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                                2. Hola soy Roser, no entiendo como hacer la parte del cierre .Besos

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                                3. Tengo problema con el ingles,podrias traducirlo.Macrame habia hecho tiempo a… pero la forma de acabarla no lo veo claro.Muchas gracias por adelantado.

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                                4. Muy linda la pulsera te felicito

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                                  1. Nancy,
                                    Gracias por sus palabras buenas.
                                    Monica

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                                  2. I just came across your tutorial and I too was wondering how to make the clasp. I want to make some graduations gifts for my daughters friends (40-50) next year so I need to use something that will end up only costing less than 50cents or less. Could you use embroidery floss and not use such large beads? These will be for girls and guys.

                                    Also thanks for the great close up pictures

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                                    1. Hi Pat,

                                      Sure, you could definitely use embroidery floss and smaller beads as long as your beads holes are large enough to accommodate the floss. These bracelets do lend themselves to any gender. Have fun with this idea!

                                      Cheers, Monica

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                                    2. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I can’t wait to give a whirl.

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                                    3. Hi Monica,

                                      I’ve been looking for instructions on how to do a slide clasp, but because I didn’t know the name, it was hard to find any. I’m really glad I found yours, they’re very easy to follow. I appreciate your taking the time to post this tutorial.

                                      Thank you,
                                      Deborah

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                                    4. I’ve been looking everywhere on how to finish off this type of bracelet and you explained it so easily. Thanks!

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                                      1. Hello Ivonne,
                                        Thanks for taking a looksie here. I love all the comments, they keep me inspired to keep on.
                                        Monica

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                                      2. Monica,
                                        thank you so much for this tutorial! It’s very clear and easy to follow, great pictures help too! I am seeing lot of these bracelets now and wanted to make one for myself. They look really cool!
                                        Thanks
                                        Hana

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                                        1. Hana,
                                          Thanks for your lovely comment. I’m hoping to do another tutorial real soon.
                                          Stay tuned…
                                          Monica

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                                        2. Thank you for writing this tutorial! I’ve seen some really beautiful, elegant bracelets which I now know were made like this (pave beads, faceted beads, etc.) on the internet but could not find out how to make them! One bracelet I found looked like it was made with a satin cord, but it seems like it would be difficult to find beads with holes to accomodate that. I’ve ordered some C-Lon, and look forward to the variety of styles from fun to elegant that I think you can make with your tutorial. Thank you!

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                                          1. Hi Michelle,

                                            Thanks for visiting and I very glad to hear you’re enthused to give it a try. Speaking of bead hole sizes (she said sheepishly), perhaps I should have mentioned that the amethyst beads used for this tutorial had very small holes indeed. I used a Foredom drill with a diamond drill bit to increase the size of the holes. If you love semi-precious gemstone beads, check out the big hole beads at JBC Beads, http://www.jbcbeads.com.

                                            Cheers,
                                            Monica

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                                          2. Hi Monica,
                                            Thank you so much for sharing this great pattern with pictorials. I can’t wait to make my first bracelet.
                                            Thank you again!!
                                            Barbara

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                                            1. Thanks Barb,
                                              It’s great to hear from readers. Surely makes my day!
                                              Monica

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                                            2. This tutorial is very helpful!
                                              I have had the problem of my cords coming untied even when they are glued which also looks messy. When you are sewing the knotting thread back through the knots is the point to try and go straight up and through the middle coming out all the way at the opposite end? Do you ever use glue?

                                              Thanks so much.
                                              Best,
                                              Jane

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                                              1. Hi Jane,

                                                First of all, I’m glad you like this tutorial. Most of the time I don’t use glue, except on certain projects that are done in hemp. If I were doing this tutorial bracelet in Hemp I would dab a bit of glue on the cord before pulling all way through so that the glue travels within the tunnel that the cord is pulled through (Step 4). If I’m using glue I let my project dry overnight before wearing.

                                                Waxed cords really don’t need glue because the knots tend to stay put so well.

                                                Micro-macrame is most often worked in 3-ply nylon cord. Maybe that’s what you are using. When I’m sewing the knotting cord back through the knots I don’t go very far, maybe 5/8″ to 1″. For me the trick is to get a neat ending without raw threads showing. The 3-ply cords can be unravelled fairly easily. I almost always unravel and sew each thread individually because individual threads are thinner and you can treat just like a sewing project, changing direction (on the underside) to secure. Lastly I trim very carefully with curved embroidery scissors.

                                                I hope this helps you out.
                                                Keep knotting!
                                                Monica

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                                                1. Thanks Monica, this helps explain certain things however I am working with 1mm waxed cotton cord that is not very waxed and feels more like cotton. I am making a similar bracelet to the tutorial with the same sliding square knot. Since the cord is pretty heavy I cant quite figure out how to get the cords back through the adjustable square knots so I’ve been cutting them and gluing them. I’ll give the needle thing a try!
                                                  -Jane

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                                                  1. Jane,

                                                    I forgot to mention that you could try not to pull your knots too tightly where you know you will be sewing cords back through. By the way, some techniques I learned through trial and error, some I read about in old macrame books and some are kept as samples to remind not to repeat. Have fun and thanks for reading my blog.

                                                    Cheers,
                                                    Monica

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                                                  2. Can you just melt/burn the ends

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                                                    1. Hi Monecka,

                                                      To be honest I’ve just never caught on to that technique. Just my own preference that’s all. I don’t like the feel of the burnt ends and I worry about tightly securing the ends of pieces I sell or give away. You could try a thread burner that is specifically made for melting threads. Or you could try a hot glue gun (minus the glue). Or heat up a kitchen utensil like a knife that has a nice wooden handle and lightly touch the thread to melt. For sure you can melt/burn edges of nylon cord, but I don’t think it would work with waxed linen. For obvious reasons don’t try melting ends of hemp, cotton, or linen. Hope this helps you out. Thanks a bunch for stopping by!

                                                      Cheers, Monica

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                                                    2. Hello thanks for posting this tutorial. I am looking forward to getting started.
                                                      Just a few questions before i begin.

                                                      Does it matter what size needle i use? as long as it has a ballpoint end

                                                      Do i have to use square/rectangular beads? i was hoping to use some beautiful daisy beads but they are round at the back were the hole is, could this work? they are made of flymo clay.

                                                      Thanks for your time
                                                      Look forward to hearing from you

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                                                      1. Hello Sarah,

                                                        Great to hear from you. Needle size really depends on the size of the cord you’re using. On the leading photo I used different weights of cord: Standard weight C-Lon bead cord (0.5mm thick), C-Lon Tex 400 (0.9mm thick), and 7-ply Waxed Linen (1.25mm thick). I probably used different sized needles for each bracelet. So, one thing to consider is, will cord fit through the eye of your needle?. Another is will the needle fit through the tightness of your knotting? If you are going shopping it might be a good idea to pick up a multi-size pack of needlepoint needles. Maybe if you do a little sample of square knots you can take it shopping with you and judge what needle size will work for you.

                                                        I think the beads you are referring are perhaps shaped more like a drop bead. They might work, but I’m not sure where the knotting cords will station themselves around the bead. If there is a base for the cords to wrap around you should not have a problem. If knotting cords seem to collapse under the bead, try knotting the first square knot a bit looser.

                                                        Have fun with this project,
                                                        Monica

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