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Learn how to make a macramé bracelet - Wrapping a stone with cord

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Learn how to make a macramé bracelet - Wrapping a stone with cord

Designed by: Ewelina Smak

Difficulty: Intermediate

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Ewelina Smak has prepared a jewellery making tutorial for you in which she shows how to make a macramé bracelet. Thanks to this tutorial you will master stone wrapping and the final effect of our work will be a double fine bracelet in a boho style.

Products used in this project:

  • Macramé cord – 1mm and 0.6mm grey nylon macramé cords
  • A stone cabochon – 25x18x6 mm oval howlite
  • Beads – 4mm Mist (light turquoise), 8mm Mist (light turquoise), 4mm Mist (light grey), 6mm Mist (light grey). Additionally: beads with a large hole, about 2mm – e.g. 6/0 TOHO
  • A charm – e.g. Cube, a 16x12x10mm charm
  • You may also need sharp scissors, a bent needle, a lighter, pins, a benchtop, and some willingness!

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 imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery! <3

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Remember, our tutorials are designed mainly for learning the technique and inspiring so the presented materials are only a suggestion. You may use another stone cabochon or cords in a different colour. It’s all up to your creativity!

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The central part of our bracelet is a 25x18mm howlite stone. We are going to start by wrapping the stone with the so-called basket. I am sure you know how do make the basket very well, but I will show you how to do it, for the record.

You need 2 cords to make a basket:

  1. 100 cm long cord
  2. 120 cm long cord

Remember: the cords need to be long enough to wrap the whole stone. The length of the cords depends on the size of the stone, but most of all its width – the wider the stone, the bigger gaps between the knots.

Take the shorter cord, double it and tie a knot at about ¼ its length. Pin it to the benchtop.

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Put the stone on the benchtop to state the width of the basket.

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Pin the cord with another pin  - here we have the basket’s basis.

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Take the longer cord. Tie a knot and pin the cord as close the basis as you can.

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Tie the cord as it is shown in the picture (pass the cord down over the filler cords, then pass the cord beneath, under the filler cords and here we have a loop. Pull tightly and pass the cord under the filler cord, then above it and here we have another loop – pull tightly).

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Repeat those steps on the other side of the basis.

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This is how your work should look now.

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Put the stone on the benchtop again to check whether the distance between the cords is still the same and start knotting. Tie as many knots as it is required to put the stone inside the basket. In this case, there are 24 knots.

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Remember to pull the knots tight while working so that the spaces between the left and the right sides remain the same and they do not overlap. All of it will be visible in your work.

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Wrap the basket around the stone to check if it fits and, if everything looks good, cut the working cord and secure it on both sides.

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Untie the knot, cut the filler cord and the basket is finished.

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Wrap the basket around the stone and tie both endings, on the top and at the bottom.

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Leave the bottom cords. Burn the top ones, pass them under the bottom cords and through the place shown in the picture (divide the knots to have 12 on each side and pass the cords through them).

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This is how your work should look like now.

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Prepare two 90 cm long and two 110 cm long cords. Take one 90 cm and one 110 cm long cords and using the bent needle pass them between the ends of the cords.

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Burn all the endings and pass the cords through the big hole of a bead.

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Pin the stone to the benchtop and start knotting a bracelet. We are going to work with an easy spiral knot.

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The spiral knot is a simple one in the Shamballa style, but you work only on one side. Tip: If you need to tie a knot from the bottom part, you can turn your work tie it from the top. 

Divide the cords. Choose the two longest ones. They will be used to work over the filler cords.

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Pass the right cord under the filler ones and through the loop of the left cord, and pass the left cord over the filler ones and through the loop of the right cord. Pull tight and repeat that step.

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This is how it should look like so far.

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Repeat everything around.

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This is what your bracelet should look like now. We have finished knotting both parts. In my case, the length of both parts equals 4.5 cm.

Put the bracelet aside. We are going to knot using another cord now.

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Prepare two 50 cm long cords and string some beads on them. I strung such a sequence of beads:

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The beads should be placed in the central part of the bracelet so slide them a bit to the left and tie a knot, but don’t pull it too tight, because you will have to unweave it later.

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Cut 2 x 90 long cords. Double them and link them to your work, as it was done while linking the cord for the bracelet to the stone.

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After having tied several knots on both ends, take the bracelet with the stone. Put it on the cords the way you want to wear it. You can see now how much space is left to connect everything together.

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As you have knotted the appropriate length, put both bracelets together. Take the cords from the bracelet with the stone and do the same – tie the spiral knots to connect both bracelets.

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The number of knots depends on the final length of your bracelet. Unfortunately, at this stage, we often need to stop knotting to check the length. This is what the bracelet looks like after this stage.

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What is left to do? We need to finish off our bracelets. The best solution is to make an adjustable clasp, like in Shamballa bracelets. First of all, cut the cords that were tied over the filler cords on both ends and secure them.

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Cut the loose cords on the same length.

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Put the cords cross. Take a 20 cm long cord, pass it under the cords and tie. I usually tie only 4 knots. You can tie as many as you like. 

Cut the cords and secure them.

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You can finish making your bracelet now. I will string 1 bead on each cord and add a beautiful Cube charm.

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This is what your finished bracelet should look like! Tell us whether you like it and, of course, show your bracelets. on our Facebook Group.

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