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How to Make a Turkish Cord - Jewellery Making Tutorial

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How to Make a Turkish Cord - Jewellery Making Tutorial

Designed by: Weronika Kaczor

Difficulty: Expert


Experienced fans of crochet jewellery will love this latest tutorial from the talented Weronika Kaczor - it will show you how to make a gorgeous string of Turkish Cord using your favourite colour seed beads.

Turkish cord is a crochet and bead technique that allows you to make eye-catching bracelets, necklaces or lariats. It is a relatively faster technique than the regular crochet-bead string, but more bead-hungry. Weronika has used 3 colours in sequence to allow you to quickly catch errors. Ready? Let's get creative!

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Here I used 4mm silver plated beads and three 11/0 TOHO™ frosted opaque colours: turquoise, pepper red and navy blue, strung in the following sequence: 4mm bead, 6 x 11/0 beads.

We believe that jewellery should be as individual as you are and so our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your creative imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Designed by Weronika Kaczor - June 2012

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We start with 6 chain stitches.

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Then connect the chain into a circle with a single double crochet.

a. stick in the first stitch of the chain.

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b, c. we take the thread for the crochet hook and thread it through both stitches

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We present the first 3 motives. 

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We will now make the first row. It consists of 3 motives.

a. stick in the first chain stitch,

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b. bring the first motif (a ball and 6 beads) as close as possible to the stitch and pick up the thread right after the motive. At first it is not easy, it requires some practice, but don't worry, you will do it!

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c. we pull the thread through both loops (we have to crochet), here is our first motif. We perform points 4a to 4c for the next two repetitions, inserting the crochet hook into the 3rd and 5th chain stitch (always omit one).

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d. Here's what we got. Make sure that all the motifs face the same direction (i.e. that the ball is always on the left).

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Now for the heart of the matter :) Let's move on to making the next rows.

a. stick the crochet hook into the first loop with a motif (red in my case) so that the ball is on one side of the crochet and the beads on the other, important - the ball must ALWAYS be on the same side. We divide the motif into fields. The first loop we have to crochet (in the photo on the right) is lengthened to the height of the divided motif.

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b. move the new motif as close as possible, take the thread behind the motive and thread it through both loops (we have crochet hooks),

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Perform points 5a and 5b until the corresponding length of the string is achieved. As I have already mentioned, the Turkish cord requires a bit of practice, the loops can get tangled at first, but it's only a matter of moments.

Here's what the work looks like in progress:

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Finishing - we make stitches without adding motifs (beads).

Then the ends of the rope can be glued to metal ends of a matching size or finished with an overlay or in a completely different way.

Here I pasted into the tips:

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And yes - our Turkish cord is ready! If my instruction help you learn - mention me - I will be grateful! Weronika x

Do you have any questions? Do not hesitate to write -

Tutorial prepared without a license for resale or any other commercial use. The content and photos form an integral whole. The course may not be copied and distributed without the consent of Weronika Kaczor, weraph and Andrzej Błaszko.

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