The other day I noticed that I did not own any black bracelets when I looked through my accessories. I already knew how to do a square knot macrame bracelet, so I got some waxed black cord and black rattail, and started making a bracelet.
When I finished it and wore it, I though my wrist still looked a bit bare. I wanted more bracelets, but not using the same styles. My research of macrame knotting took me to this page by Decor Hint where I learnt different ways to apply the square knot, and a new knot called the half hitch knot.
The end result is that I made four bracelets total to wear separately or all together! From top to bottom, here is what I did:
Square knot with a large glass bead, and a square knot slider to adjust the tightness
Square knot on rattail with a rattail loop and button fastener
Half hitch diagonal with a braided plait to tie a knot with
Square knot spiral with a cord loop and button fastener
This is the Kusudama – “Sankaku tairu to kuremachisu kumi awase” (三角タイルとクレマチスの組み合わせ) model from the Kusudama Origami book. I think you can loosely translate it to a ‘triangle tile and clematis mix’ kusudama.
The clematis is referring to this flower face that you can insert into the panels. It’s quite complicated to fold using smaller sized paper for me, so I cut octagons from 15cm square paper as my base. Then you fold a smaller square insert to cover the centre of the flower.
Continuing on with my kumihimo adventures, I started learning how to incorporate beads. With a normal braid, you need a thicker cord, but this time you will need beading cord and appropriately sized beads. Here, I’ve used 0.5mm cord, size 8/0 seed beads, and 4mm crystals and pearls.
You start by braiding a little with the cord for the end caps, then you want to lay out the beads so that the pattern spirals up the bracelet.
I bought a lot of seed beads a long time ago and they just sit in a box on my desk, not really being used much. At some point, I moved flats and the beads got shaken up as well! It was time to do something with them.
I bought this book from a Waterstones a month ago called “A Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo” by Donna Mckean-Smith as I wanted to learn how to make beaded kumihimo bracelets. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to make kumihimo.