Saturday, August 17, 2019

Necklace Cord for the Knotted Beaded Charms


To make the necklace cord for the knotted bead charm, you will need the following:

–> 1mm Chinese Knotting Cord

–> 1.5 mm Sterling Silver or Gold Filled Clasp

–>  Poly Zap Super Glue

–> Thread Burner

–> Chain Nose Pliers

For longer cords and smaller charms, I like to use a thinner Chinese Knotting Cord, so look at the New Fine and Fine size, and even the Extra Fine size as possible options. Or choose a thicker Chinese Knotting Cord such as the HDQ weight cords for a heavier charm. 

Or forgo the clasp and use a square knot slide closure. That's the same closure used for the Square Knot Bracelet Trio. 

–> Square Knot Bracelet Trio Kits and Tutorials

Go to the previous post for the tutorial on how to make the Knotted Bead Charm. 

Here are some bracelet - beaded charm combo, I like...



Knotted Bead Charms with Hematite or Halo Ring Beads | DIY Video Tutorial

Gold Halo Beads, with Hematite Bead Centers
Bracelet Knotted with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Charm knotted with C-Lon Fine Weight Bead Cord Tex 135
Necklace cord made with 1mm Black Chinese Knotting Cord


Knotted Bead Charms with Hematite or Halo Ring Beads | DIY Video Tutorial

All Hematite, with Pearlescent White Hematite Beads
Bracelet Knotted with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Charm knotted with the standard size of C-Lon Bead Cord
Necklace cord made with New Fine 201 Pearl Grey Chinese Knotting Cord



Knotted Bead Charms with Hematite or Halo Ring Beads | DIY Video Tutorial

Bracelets made with Gunmetal Halo Beads, and Pearlescent Pink Coral Hematite Beads, knotted with Chinese Coral, Pink Lemonade and Charcoal C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord.

Charm knotted with the standard size of C-Lon Bead Cord, with Hematite Ring Beads and Pearlescent Pink Coral Hematite Beads.
Necklace cord made with 1mm Black Chinese Knotting Cord


Knotted Bead Charms with Hematite or Halo Ring Beads | DIY Video Tutorial


Hematite and Halo Ring Beads are very inspiring... I just designed the Square Knot Bracelet Trio using these beads... and I wanted a small necklace to go with them, a small addition that could be made with either leftover beads or just a few additional purchased beads... the idea became the knotted bead charms.



Square Knot Bracelet Trio Tutorial



For making the charms use the following materials:

Hematite Rings Perfect Surrounds for 6mm Round Beads

Hematite or Rainbow Titanium Coated Hematite Ring Beads available HERE

or

Knotted Bead Charms with Hematite or Halo Ring Beads | DIY Video Tutorial

Halo Zamak Beads made in Greece available in Antique Brass, Copper or Silver, Gunmetal, Gold or Rose Gold finishes available HERE - All nickel and lead free and meeting European jewelry standards. 

6mm Hematite, Rainbow or Pearlescent Hematite Beads for the center, available HERE

or 
6mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls available HERE

+

4mm Hematite, Rainbow or Pearlescent Hematite Beads for the center, available HERE

or 
4mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls available HERE

Materials & Tools for the Knotted Bead Charm


As for tools, you will need a macrame board, a bead mat, 1 1 3/4" T-pin, beeswax, a large fine point reamer, a thread burner, beading tweezers, scissors. All these are available HERE

As to cords, use C-Lon Bead Cord with the Hematite Rings, and C-Lon Fine Weight Bead Cord Tex 135 with the Halos. You will need about 24 inches or 60 cm per bead charm. 

For the necklace cord for the charm, use Chinese Knotting Cord, it is a braided nylon and it look great as a neck cord and use a small sterling or gold filled clasp. Go to the next post for the video tutorial on how to make the necklace cord for the charms...

Friday, August 16, 2019

Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Tutorial on Video


The Turkish Flat Bead Crochet Bracelet tutorial got an update and is now available as a video tutorial. Enjoy!

Tools and Materials are available here: https://store.jewelsinfiber.com/kitturkcro.html

Written instructions: https://jewelsinfiber.blogspot.com/2012/12/turkish-flat-bead-crochet-bracelet.html

Tibetan Knot Bracelet Tutorial - The Easy Way to Tie Snake Knots




I have been carrying Tibetan 5 Color Cord in various sizes for a while in my online store, and I got curious about what could be made with it... 

Check this video out. Let me know what you think! Marion

The full tutorial is available HERE.





Sunday, April 28, 2019

Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern





Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern


This is a super easy garter stitch pattern requiring only knit (plain) stitch, and no purl rows. It makes a silkie, drapey scarf. The drop stitch pattern show off the silk ribbon and requires only one skein. Try it, here is the pattern!

Scarf measures approximately 3.5“ wide by 72” long [9 cm x 182 cm]

1 Skein of Silkie - Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon > available HERE
Knitting Needles Size 17 [12.27 mm] 

A friend of mine made the first couple of scarves. She used needles size 13, but when I tried to duplicate her pattern, with needles size 13, my knitting was too tight and the scarf lost its drape. I tried with size 15, but it was still too tight, size 17 is perfect for me. You may need to adjust your needle size but a looser knit is best for this pattern, so I recommend going with the larger needles. I used Japanese Clover Takumi single point 9 inch bamboo needles. They are light and comfortable to hold. I bought them at Stitches West in February. Let me know if you cannot find them, I will order some for you. 

Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern
Cast on 12 stitches using the long tail method.



Rows 1-4: Knit across row. 

Then start the yarn over row listed below as shown here, by knitting the first stitch, then wrapping the ribbon around the needle 2 times. 


Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern



Row 5: [* Knit 1 - Yarn Over Twice (Wrap ribbon around needle 2 times)]
Repeat until the end of the row. End with Knit 1.


Now you have 12 stitches, plus lots of yarn over on the needle. In the next step, you will only knit the stitches and drop the 2 yarn over ribbon in between the stitches. The next picture shows the first stitch knit and the first 2 yarn over dropped. 

Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern

Row 6: [* Knit 1 - Unwind wrapped stitches off the needle and let them drop.]
Repeat until the end of the row. End with Knit 1. 

Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern

This is Row 6 completed. 
Make sure you have 12 stitches back on your needle. 


Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern


Next Rows: [* Knit 4 rows, then repeat Row 6 and 8] - Repeat until you have either achieved the desired length or you have 12-13 Drop Stitch areas. 

If you are adding a fringe, stop when you still have some ribbon leftover for the fringe. 6 yd 4 inches or 5.6 m yields a 5 inch fringe. 

I do not like counting rows... So to recognize when all knit rows between the yarn overs have been completed, count the garter stitch ridges, 3 on one side and 2 on the other, that's when you are ready for the next yarn over row (Row 5).



Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern

Last Rows: End with 4 knit rows. Bind off in knit stitch. 
Finishing: Weave in the ends, or incorporate them into the fringe. 


Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern

Fringes: Cut 22 lengths 10 inch long for 5 inch fringes. Adjust length as needed but plan on 11 lengths per each scarf end. 

Fold 1 length. Insert the U in between the end stitches. Pull the 2 ends through the U and pull tight. Repeat for all lengths. Incorporate the ends and trim as needed.

Some of the samples scarves shown here were made with 6 knit rows in between the yarn over rows. The finish scarves made with the additional knit rows are shorter...


About the Silk Ribbon: This ribbon was hand dyed in Thailand and was a one time purchase. It is currently available in full skein in Sunset (top photo), Atlantis (shown in the step by step), Iceland, Midnight Blue, and Obsidian (shown below). It is a silk blend with 45% silk, 38% viscose and 17% nylon. It is available in 75 yd skeins and in 15 yd mini-skeins. This ribbon is also featured in a kumihimo necklace project. 

> Silkie Ribbon | Hand dyed Silk Ribbon

> Kumihimo Necklace Kits with Silk Ribbon and 4mm Magatamas


> Pattern - Printable PDF


Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern

 Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern



Knitted Scarf with Silk Ribbon | Free Pattern


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Color Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

Spring/Summer 2019 LFW Color Palette

Energizing hues supported by a range of dependable classics defines the spring/summer 2019 colors for fashion. Here is how these Pantone colors translate to the C-Lon Bead Cord color offerings.





Shanghai Red - Fiesta is a bright festive color radiating energy. 

Red - Jester Red is a deeper rich classic color.

Popsicle Orange - Turmeric brings life and joy. 

Chinese Coral - Living Coral is the Pantone Color of the year. It is vibrant and full of life with a golden undertone. 





Light Magenta - Pink Peacock is theatrical, tantalizing, and a feast for the eyes...

Olivine - Pepper Stem is a modern color that connect us with nature. 

Golden Yellow - Aspen Gold brings joy, good cheer, and brighten our day.

Princess Blue - Capri a royal blue hue.


2019 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Color Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors
Lemon - Lemon Verbena
the London alternative color




Chestnut - Toffee is deliciously irresistible.

Marigold - Mango Mojito sounds so good... 

Green Olive - Terrarium Moss reminds us of rich foliage and the beauty of the natural world. 

Light Orchid - Sweet Lilac is a charming and endearing pink. 
2019 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Color Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors
Rose - Pressed Rose
the London alternative color


Spring/Summer 2019 Neutrals

There will always be a need for structure and neutral colors. This season’s classics work well on their own, but also as a foundation for the distinctive color seen above.



Wheat - Soybean is a natural, versatile neutral that changes depending on the colors that surrounds it. 

Navy - Eclipse is a deep blue like midnight, serious and mysterious.

Vanilla - Sweet Corn is buttery, soft and classic. 

Chocolate - Brown Granite is versatile, grounded, strong, understated and timeless. It mutates depending on the colors that surrounds it. 


> C-Lon Bead Cord



> Post about Living Coral - Pantone Color of the Year compared to C-Lon Bead Cord and More

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 compared to C-Lon Bead Cord and More

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 compared to C-Lon Bead Cord and More

Living Coral is definitively bright, lively, vibrant yet mellow at the same time. And yes it matches C-Lon Chinese Coral. 

To lighten it up, add a bit of Pink Lemonade to the mix. Darken it and make it unforgettable with Poinsettia. Add a bit of Sea Shell or Peach Glow for the bright edges and you capture the coral and clown fish perfectly.



Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral


Pantone 2019 Color of the Year


The background color is the exact Photoshop color swatch provided by Pantone. The color inside the square insert is their alternative color for printing. On the right are the cord and thread closest to Living Coral. 


C-Lon Bead Cord: Poinsettia, Chinese Coral, Pink Lemonade



C-Lon Bead Cord 

Chinese Coral is the C-Lon Bead Cord 2019 Color of the Year. It is available in the standard C-Lon Bead Cord with a 0.5 mm diameter. And it is available in the 0.9 mm C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord. Poinsettia on the left is a deeper rendition. Pink Lemonade on the right is a lighter variation. Sea Shell or Peach Glow can be used as highlights. 

C-Lon Bead Cord is a 3 ply twisted bonded nylon used for micro macrame, bead stringing, kumihimo, crochet and upholstery

Chinese Knotting Cord: 323-Chinese Coral, or 324-Guava, 322 Light Coral, 322.5 Pink Coral, 324.5 Light Guava



323-Chinese Coral

Chinese Knotting Cord is a braided nylon cord with a center core. It is used for square knot bracelets such as shambhala bracelet, plus much more. Size E and New E is a great size to make tassels
. 


323 Chinese Coral is available in the 0.4 mm New Size E,  0.6 mm Size H, 0.8 mm New Fine, and in 1.5 mm HDQ Size


322 Light Coral is available in the  0.6 mm Size Hand 0.8 mm New Fine. 


324-Guava, 322.5 Pink Coral are available in 0.4 mm Size E. 


324.5 Light Guava is available in 1.2-1.5 mm New Medium. 




Kanagawa-Fujix Tire Silk - KNK-91



Try these silk for tassels and for so much more... KNK-91 is the color shown above in the large photo. It is the closest match to Living Coral the Pantone color of the year. It has a beautiful sheen. This color can be found at the bottom right of this web page. KNK-93 and KNK-94 are good highlights and KNK-10 on the next page is a good darker deeper color. 



Griffin Jewelry Silk - Coral



Griffin Silk Coral Color
Griffin Jewelry Silk is a silk with a mat finish available in 2 sizes 6/F and 8/FFF. Coral is a good match for Living Coral. 

I hope this will help you choosing new colors for 2019! - Marion


> Pantone Living Coral Color of the Year Animation