Many patrons have enjoyed our ongoing series, Scrap Crafts.  In this program we utilize numerous books from our nonfiction section to create and explore accessible art and handicrafts. As we all stay at home we have continued this series virtually and will occasionally post tutorial posts so that you too can use to try out a new skill.
Project: A Macramé Bracelet
Description:
  • Choose-your-own-adventure or a sampler bracelet. Practice your macramé knots by learning playing with 6 strands of string on a loop.
Materials:
  • String
    • This is the only absolute requirement for this project. We will discuss types of string, at length, but for now scrounge to find something that is thin enough so you can tie it into a bunch of knots and use for a bracelet, but that is also durable enough to not break when you manipulate it.
    • If you have a few types, bring them
  • Some way to attach the string to provide tension
    • You can tie the string to a chair, or a doorknob
    • You can pin the string to a corkboard
    • You can clip the string to a clipboard
    • You can safety pin the string to your pants to take your project on the go
  • Items to manage long strings is an optional add-on. We will go over how to use these
    • You can roll you strings into balls and secure them with rubber bands
    • You can roll strings onto clothespins
    • You can roll strings onto sticks.

Process:

  •  Determine the width of your work by connecting strands of string.
    • Tie together 3 long strings by their middles so that you have a loop from which to hang your project and 6 strings to work with. This will be the width of your work.
  • Practice a knot: a lark knot
    • Use a lark knot to make a the loop for your bracelet (or any project) more sturdy. I like the knot illustrations provided ecocrafta. See all of their basic knot diagrams here.
  • Practice a knot: a half hitch spiral
  • Practice a knot: a square knot
    • Bring your work together with a square knot.  The macraméschool.com provides a simple but elegant bracelet design to practice your square knots. Ecocrafta also provides a square knot diagram.
  • Practice a knot: alternating square knot
    •  Use macrameschool’s tutorial or Ecocrafta to add interest to your work and break apart your 6 strands with an alternating square knot.
  • Practice a knot: double half hitch
  • End your work with a knot to tie all the strings together and leave a bit of a tassel. Trim to even out any strands.

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