Friday, May 25, 2018

Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord

Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord


This is a new version based on a very popular crochet bracelet I first wrote about in 2012. Please refer to the original post of December 16, 2012 for an alternate tutorial. A brand new Metallic Braided Nylon Cord is featured in this new tutorial with coordinated beads and buttons. However the crochet process is the same and it uses only chain stitch and single crochet stitch, so it is easy to learn.



Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord


Here are the materials you will need to make 2 bracelets:

- 1 Spool of Metallic Braided Nylon Cord - 0.9 mm in Ø - Gold, Silver or Copper - 6 m/6.5 yd
- 2 Buttons - Silver, Gold or Copper
- Miyuki Duracoat Galvanized Seed Beads - Size 6 ~ 100 beads
- 1 Tapestry Needle Size 20

Or you can get a kit HERE with all the supplies listed above.

And why 2 bracelets? It is because each bracelet takes about 3 yard of cord. so there is enough on the spool for two bracelets...

Tools needed:
- 1 Crochet Hook - Amour Size 0, Clover Soft Touch 0, or Lacis 3
- Thread Burner or Zapper - Available Here
- 1 Bead Mat


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 1

1. With the thread burner, melt the end of the cord and make a pointed end, just like a needle. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 2

2. Load about 50 beads. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 3

3. If you already know which button you will be using, put to cord though the shank. If you are not sure which button you will use, you can wait to attach it until later. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 4

4. Make a slip knot. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 5

5. Insert the crochet hook into the slip knot.  


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 6

6. Crochet 2 chain stitch. Slide 1 bead down. Crochet 1 chain stitch.


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 7

7. Turn the work around and make 1 single crochet stitch right into the first chain stitch. Slide a bead down and make a chain stitch. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 10

8. Turn the work around. Make 1 single crochet stitch right into the previous bead (not the one you just added, but the one already in on the other side). Slide 1 bead and add a single crochet chain stitch. 

Repeat this step until you get the bracelet length you want. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 8

9. Tighten the button in. With the thread burner cut the cord leaving a 2mm tail. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 9

10. With the thread burner melt the end and press it in with your finger or the thread burner cap. If you have never done this before, test this step first on a small piece of cord before proceeding on the bracelet. 


Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord - Step 11

11. Make the button loop with single chain stitches. 



12. Cut the cord with the thread burner. Melt the end and press it flat in with your finger or the thread burner cap so it will fit into the tapestry needle Size 20. Stitch the loop back in. Cut the cord leaving a tail about 2-3mm long. Melt the tail and press it into the crochet. Doing this close to one of the bead will make the burn mark less noticeable. 



Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet Tutorial with Metallic Cord


The first bracelet is now ready to wear. Repeat these steps for the second bracelet and give the second one to your best friend or daughter... These bracelets are easy to wear and light weight. They can be stacked, worn in water, and washed when needed. 


References

Slideshow on Facebook

Materials & Tools


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Knotted Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Bracelet made with Pretzel Knot, Josephine Knot , or Carrick Bend Knot


These bracelets are made with a repeated knot pattern. The actual knot follows a braided pattern and is sometimes called a Carrick Bend, a Josephine Knot, a Pretzel Knot, or Pretzel Link depending on which tradition you follow. The knot is easy to do once it is mastered. 

Metallic Braided Nylon Cord

For these Celtic Knotted Bracelets, I followed the DIY Ombre Knotted Bracelet Tutorial written by Beth on the Remarkably Domestic Blog with a few differences shown below. The Ombre Knotted Bracelet is made with Chinese Knotting Cord in Medium Weight available HERE. Whereas I used Metallic Braided Nylon Cord (Copper, Silver, and Gold) for the first bracelet I made shown at the top. Then I played around the the Metallic Cord and Black Chinese Knotting Cord. I really like how it emphasizes the Celtic look of the knot. I also altered the way the button is attached and how the cords are ended, using a thread burner rather than glue. It is nor permanent and faster. 

Here is how to make these Celtic Knotted Bracelets:

- 4 yard of Metallic Braided Nylon Cord - 0.9 mm in Ø
- 2 yard of Black Chinese Knotting Cord - 1mm Ø
-1 Heart Button - Available Here (8th down the page)
- A Thread Burner - Available Here

Cut the cords in 2 yard lengths and follow the directions shown here: 

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots

The bracelet is all done. The silver and black one shown below has 14 consecutive knots and measure approximately 7 inch (17.5 cm). The copper and black one has 15 knots and measure 7.5 inch (19 cm). The gold and black one, 16 knots, 8 inch (20 cm). Your measurement may vary a bit depending on how tightly you tie the knots.

Celtic Bracelet DIY Tutorial | Knotted Bracelet made with Pretzel Knots, Josephine Knots, or Carrick Bend Knots



I hope you had a good time making this bracelet. Now try alternative materials, thicker or thinner cords, other colors... Find out what you like best, play around... This bracelet below is made with the 3 metallic colors Copper, Silver and Gold...



References


Materials

Heart Buttons - 8th down the page




Monday, January 22, 2018

Compare C-Lon Bead Cord Colors - The Blue Green Range

Compare C-Lon Bead Cord Colors


I often get emails with someone is asking me to describe the difference between two colors. And yes, colors can be described but a picture is worth a thousand words...

Here is the blue green range compared with bluer colors on the left, greener ones on the right:

CY Cyan is the bluest.

AQ Aqua is a bit lighter and a bit less blue.

IB Ice Blue is lighter and greener.

TL Teal is the darkest tone in this range.

TQ Turquoise is the lightest color in this group.

SG Sage is a bit darker, greener, and more muted.

CEL Celadon is a touch lighter, greener, and even more muted.

For more pictures and other color, visit these posts:

> Compare C-Lon, Chinese Knotting Cord, and Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silk 

> C-Lon New 2015 Colors

> C-Lon Bead Cord Colors - This is a series of posts on C-Lon Bead Cord Colors. It includes this post plus the two listed here above. 

The large photos on these posts will help you choose C-Lon colors for your next project!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year + Spring Color Predictions

Pantone Color of the Year 2018


Hey, purple is back... This time with a blue based purple named Ultra Violet. It is the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. Here are some suggestions for cord and silk thread colors in the same purple blue hues.  


C-Lon Bead Cord, Silk, and Chinese Knotting Cord equivalent to Pantone Color of the Year 2018


From left to right:

Chinese Knotting Cord Size E is a braided nylon cord with a central core great for tassels, square knot bracelets, and bead crochet. French Lilac fits into the Ultra Violet spectrum. > Chinese Knotting Cord Size E

Consider Medium Purple and Purple in C-Lon Bead Cord line, a bonded nylon 3-ply cord, available in 4 sizes. > C-Lon Bead Cord

Interested in silks? Look at Fujix Tire Buttonhole Silk #16, color 57, and Kanagawa 100 Denier Embroidery Silk, color 24. > Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silks


Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette


C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Colors

Lemon or Lemongrass, Shanghai Red, Blue Morning, and Mahogany - also look at Sienna and Venetian Red as alternatives. 

Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette

C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Colors



Petal, Pink Lemonade, Turquoise, and Medium Purple - also look at Chinese Coral and Purple as alternatives. 



Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette
C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Colors


Brown, Peach Glow, Azalea, and Chartreuse. Look at Mahogany, Oyster as potential candidates. 


Pantone Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette


Pantone Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette
C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette


Look for these super classic C-Lon colors: Navy, Argentum, Latte, and White, and all 116 C-Lon Bead Cord Colors. > C-Lon Bead Cord

References


Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year and Tools for Designers
This page is interesting as it has some really great palettes to look at and to use as inspirations. Make sure to scroll down the page. I especially love Purple Haze and Quietude. 

Pantone Spring 2018 Fashion Colors