December 18, 2014

simple marsala bangle 3459

 simple thin bangle stained marsala red
hand carved and finished
lightweight rugged
stackable
 shown here with carved bangle 3458
available by special order

chieftain cuff
small marsala cuff
bone bangles


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December 14, 2014

bone bangles 3463

 carved thermoplastic shapes
individually unique

 lightweight rugged
hand carved style

series "a" through "h" available soon

previous series of bone bangles here
available here

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December 12, 2014

chieftain cuff 3455

 Hand carved incised pattern based on traditional basket weave design

Rugged thermoplastic materials

Desert ochre stain


 size is a "medium"
7 7/8" (187 mm) inside circumference can be expanded to about 8" (203 mm) to slip on over the hand

oval interior shape 2" x 2 5/8"

1 3/4" (70 mm) wide
available soon
custom work can be ordered based on this design

carved bangle - large
small marsala cuff

similar white bone bangles 



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December 10, 2014

carved bangle 3458

Solid pvc plastic bangle style bracelet stained Marsala red. Neo-primitive design incised before the staining process so the color penetrates all the surfaces. Interior edges are sanded smooth for comfort.


 Size extra large 9 1/4" (234 mm) inside circumference
3" (72 mm) inside diameter
3/4" (20 mm) wide

will fit a larger wrist or upper arm
soon to be available
custom work available by special order

chieftain cuff
small marsala cuff


similar white bone bangles 


design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop

December 8, 2014

small Marsala cuff bracelet 3457

 Simple form made from pvc thermoplastic and stained Marsala red color. Open back and oval shape allows this cuff to be placed over a smaller wrist.

 Relaxed size 6 1/2" (165 mm) inside circumference
1 3/8" (33 mm) x 2 1/4" (57 mm) oval

1 3/16" (30 mm) wide
soon to be available
custom work available

carved Marsala bangle - larger size


similar white bone bangles 


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December 6, 2014

beaded rope bracelet 3452

 Off white braided cord bound together with rows of glass beads made into a slip on bangle style bracelet. The two large beads look like a toggle closure but are actually sewn in place.

High strength nylon thread is used to compress the cord and secure the beads.


 size large 8 1/4" (209 mm) inside circumference
2 5/8" (67 mm) diameter


available soon


similar designs available here

custom work available




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December 4, 2014

black beaded slip on cuff 3451

 Black on black...laminated polyester cord with a center ridge of beads forming a slip on bangle style bracelet.

37 beads at the "equator"
8 layers of cord on each side
 extra large size 8 1/4" (209 mm) inside circumference; 2 5/8" (67 mm) diameter

lightweight and flexible

available soon

similar designs available here

custom work available





design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop

December 3, 2014

turks head tutorials and DIY materials

Classic three part rope bracelet - There are any number of tutorials showing how to do this most basic design. Here are a few that I like:
Jan Brett's Sailor Bracelet site is a nice simple single page illustration of how to make a classic three part rope bracelet. 

Alan Folsom's page is another great source for instructions on tying turks heads. How to Tie a Turkshead will get you started. (click on the link then select from the list on the left side of the page)

This Panda Hall site is one of many that show the process using a satin cord to make a low profile three part bracelet:
How to Tie a Sailor Knot Friendship Bracelet with Only One Rope




If you need materials this kit will provide a 10 ft piece of cotton cord and my one-page published instruction sheet:
DIY rope bracelet kit






A slightly more complex four part turks head knot is shown in this illustrated tutorial:
11x4x3 turks head knot tutorial


For those of you advanced knotters this 13 part tutorial will challenge your hand-eye coordination:
building a 13 part turks head bracelet


If you are looking for a more unusual design try this herringbone weave tutorial:
Making a herringbone pattern bracelet



These bigger projects require more cord that the basic kits so you may want to order in bulk. This listing offers a choice of colors in longer lengths suitable for the 13 part and herringbone projects or as a way to economize for a knotting party.

bulk cotton cord

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December 2, 2014

sea glass basket weave cuff custom design 3446

 Beach glass or sea glass as we call it in Rhode Island is an artifact born of the action of water and sand on broken bottles. The soft colors range from light blue to dark green to cobalt.

Seeding a beach involves drinking the contents then smashing the bottles into fragments followed by a long wait to see how much of the frosted glass remains after several weeks of tidal action. Prized by crafters this natural product is available only to diligent beach combers.


 This custom basket weave cuff was made with hand dyed cord simulating this color palette. The extra wide design shows off the range if color creating a stacked effect. The cotton cord is slightly shrinkable when it gets wet.
You can see more of the basket weave style of custom rope bracelets here or read about how this design is made here.

To commission a design all your own please visit the Etsy shop here.



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October 28, 2014

box of color

Inventory re-building starts with cutting lengths of cord in various colors. Stackable boxes are perfect project storage modules while the work is  in progress.

This 3 mm cord is destined to backfill the essential rope bracelets collection now available for shipment.

design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop

October 10, 2014

three color herringbone 3414

 This herringbone weave design bracelet is made with three colors of cord interwoven with the ecru base cord. This design shows how versatile these knotted creations can get. The colored cords are laid parallel with the base to fill out the two strand structure of a 29 bight circumference
The base color is ecru (natural white) the accent colors are navy, light blue, and yellow.

Custom designs like this can be made-to-order.



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October 1, 2014

Dysautonomia Advocacy Foundation limited edition rope bracelets

October is Dysautonomia awareness month and these three special limited edition rope bracelet designs are available now. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these bracelets goes to support the Dysautonomia Advocacy Foundation.

Follow the DAF on Facebook and see photos of these awareness bracelets.

This one-button design is available in three sizes.   It is secured with a custom made button and loop.

This is the slip-knot design which expands to fit over your hand then can be adjusted to your smaller wrist size. The money-fist and loop toggle holds the loose ends together.

Available in two sizes.

Find them on WhatKnotShop on Etsy.
This is the herringbone design that is a continuous braided five part turks head knot that has some natural stretch to enable you to squeeze it on over your hand. Available in three sizes for kids and grownups.

All are made with a faded teal hand-dyed cotton cord.

Please note that due to high demand these may be temporarily out-of-stock from time to time.

design and photographs © copyright 2014 WhatKnotShop