Midnight Rose Bracelet
Designed by: Leah Connolly
Take your shamballa fashion cord and cut 3 x 61cm sections – zap each end using a thread zapper for easy threading.
Pin the 3 61cm cords together and pin to a surface such as a bead board. Thread 5 firepolish beads, 2 coloured shamballa fashion beads and 5 firepolish beads to the left hand strand. Repeat on the right strand. On the centre strand thread 5 firepolish beads, 1 coloured shamballa fashion bead, 1 black shamballa fashion bead, 1 coloured shamballa fashion bead and 5 firepolish beads. These are your beaded cords.
Pin the ends so these threads are stretched out tight. Cut a 1.5m piece of cord and thread it underneath all 3 cords with beads on and position so the ends are even on both sides. These ends will form your working cords, which you will use to create your knots and secure all the beaded cords together.
Create 4 full square knots, treating your 3 beaded cords as the centre thread. If you haven’t created a square knot before, watch our related videos to learn the technique.
Move one bead up the centre cord so it sits below the knotting. Underneath this bead, use the working cords to create one full square knot around the centre beaded thread.
Move one bead on the right cord up to sit underneath the knotting. Take the right working cord and place it under the right beaded cord. Take the end to the right and through the loop then pull tight. Repeat this process on the left hand side.
Pull both working cords upwards, towards the centre to ensure the knotting stays tight. Repeat steps 5-7 until you have one bead left on the centre beaded thread only. You may need to take the pins out to move the ends closer together as you work through the bracelet.
Bring all 3 beaded cords together and pin so they sit closely. Take the right working cord over the 3 centre cords and under the left working cord. Now take the left working cord under the 3 centre cords and through the loop you made with the right working cord.
Now take the left working cord over the 3 centre cords and under the right working cord. Take the right working cord under the 3 centre cords and through the loop you made with the left working cord.
Create 4 square knots using the working cords, treating all 3 beaded cords as the centre to knot around. Finish off the ends with a thread zapper.
Lie the ends so they cross over, and tie a 1m piece of thread around them. Create 5 full square knots using all 6 threads as the centre to create your sliding fastening. Finish off the ends with a thread zapper.
Thread a firepolish bead on to each end of thread, Tie to secure and cut off any excess thread.
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