December 3, 2012

From Hemp to Suede...

In continuation of my crafting with suede string, I made this bracelet over the weekend:


When I showed my friends the bracelet, most were immediately reminded of the hemp bracelets popular at summer camps.
There's a reason for this recollection... it's the same stitch!  I believe it is called the square knot..

Materials:
- 4 pieces suede string (2 long and 2 bracelet length)
- 2 end closing pieces
- 32 jump rings, plus a few extra for bracelet closure
- clasp
- pliers
The Square Knot Stitch

Enclose the 4 pieces of string in one of the closing pieces.  Use pliers to tightly close the end piece around the 4 strings.

Begin the square knot (as shown in picture above).  I did 12 or so square knots before I started adding the rings, and the bracelet is a little large on me, but I also have slim wrists.

Add 1 ring to each outer string, and tie the knot.  Tie a second knot after that.  For the third knot, put the strings back through the rings and add another ring on top.  Tie a knot.  Repeat the steps.  I used 16 rings on each side (a total of 32).

After, do the same amount of knots that the bracelet started with, before the rings were added.

Close off the end with another end piece and pliers - make sure it is very tight.  Add the additional rings and the clasp.  

        
I'm thinking of making this with gold fixtures next.. and maybe black suede?

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  2. The blue suede and silver rings make a nice day wear and the black suede and gold rings will make a nice evening wear.

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