Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Best of ABS - Square Knot Bracelet Tutorial - with Rebecca of Songbead

Today we have a 'Best of ABS' post - throwback to 2012 and this tutorial showing you one way to incorporate fibres into your work. Ribbon, cord, leather, fibre - it's still on trend - so try your hand at this simple yet versatile macrame technique, perfect for the summer months ahead!

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Knotting techniques and using fibre in jewellery are all the rage at the moment and you may well have used some sari silk, cord or ribbon in your jewellery. It can add a relaxed vibe; a softness and bountiful colour possibilities! It also allows a piece of jewellery to be made entirely without the use of metal, which could be important if designing for someone who has an intolerance (although I have used a copper clasp, you could easily replace this with clasp of a different material, or even a knotted closure). I have long taught knotting classes at my local bead shop, and fellow ABS editor Erin Siegel along with Lorelei Eurto have an exciting book coming out soon - Bohemian Inspired Jewelry, for which I personally can't wait! These ladies are both so talented and I am looking forward to seeing their beautiful fibre led designs.

One of the oldest knotting techniques is macrame, originally used by sailors I believe. I thought I'd offer up a tutorial using the classic macrame knot, the square knot.

**If you are not sure about a lark's head knot, check out my blogtomorrow**





{I accidentally jumped from step 5 to step 7.  There isn't a missing step, I just left the number 6 out by mistake! Oops.}



***Can you see the cord coming over itself on the LH side, where I have drawn with green pen? This means the following half-knot must start with a LH loop. Similarly, if this bit of cord was on the R, I would begin the next knot with a RH loop. I find it useful to check this if I have to put my work down whilst knotting.***



I finish off the silk cord by tying a bow, and then double knotting it. 


Have a look at some other bracelets using the same technique.




Beading by Malin de Koning
Malin has used cord to knot and shows how beads of different shapes and sizes can be combined using square knots. Check out her blog for many more square knotted pieces.

Erin Siegel
This photograph really whets my appetite for Bohemian Inspired Jewelry - just look at those beautiful colours and contrasting textures! Erin shows how even a thicker ribbon can be used for knotting.

Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer; currently living in Edinburgh, capital of her native land. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com.

6 comments:

Carol Briody said...

So how pretty and super-simple and stylish are these! Very!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Great bracelets and tutorial!

Lottie me said...

Brilliant, thanks, I have always wondered how you did that!

Malin de Koning said...

That was great to see. I love that technique with the linen and the silk combined. I haven't done macrame for some while. I really must again. Thanks so much for sharing!

Mary Harding said...

Great tutorial. Just right for the present coming summer season. Love it!!

Susanm said...

Gorgeous bracelets and great tutorial. Simple but elegant.