Handmade braided rope bracelets in a variety of colors; Unique hand dyed contemporary fiber bracelets; Dramatic wide weave designs in cotton and synthetics. A constantly changing collection of colorful, inexpensive knotted bracelets to keep and share with friends.
This is an "over-two, under-two" herringbone weave bracelet made with 2 mm brown leather cord. The size of this example is 7" (178 mm). Both larger and smaller sizes can be made. This is the same weave design as can be seen in many other herringbone designs made with cotton cord. The leather cord is untreated so it creaks a bit when flexed kind of like an old wicker chair when you sit on it.
ThreeBlueBee from Istanbul has a playful collection of Crocheted Beads 12 Pcs Stones which are wooden beads covered with crochet. Perfect elements for any designer needing some shape and, yes, color for their work. Her shop of the same name has many more organic beads and balls in a rainbow of colors. You can also read her "quit my day job" LoveandDream posted to the Etsy blog for the inside scoop.
Recently a customer requested a special color anklet similar to this design but made out of a blue cord. I had three colors already made up: light blue (left), lilac (center), and dark blue (right) were offered as possibilities. She chose the light and dark blue. This is 1/8" nylon/synthetic braid that has been treated in a dye bath. Most of the dye washes out leaving a very subtle color. The nylon material has a natural transparency which highlights the color that does remain.
Here's the ankle bracelet in it's expanded form ready to ship. The two cords have been laid parallel in a 22x9x2 plain weave design with the ends left loose. The inside circumference is approx. 12" to enable it to fit over the foot. The slack is then worked out to reduce the diameter and make a comfortable size. Nylon will shrink very slightly (much less than cotton cord) when wet.
Summer is coming (hopefully) soon and Mary R is doing her best to warm up the season with Hot Pink Summer collection. Click 'n visit her shop itsmemary to see her crocheted beaded bracelets in a wide variety of colors and designs. Find her blog itsmemary for more great stuff.
A customer contacted me recently looking for a particular design in a black and grey combination. Upon receiving the order he immediately ordered a second bracelet of the same design. Here you can see the the results: a handsome pair of hands with five part turks head bracelets.
The black cord is a polyester blend while the center is a cotton cord hand dyed to a light silver grey color. Getting the fit correct involved providing one of the bracelets with loose ends. This enabled the wearer to slip on the unfinished bracelet then carefully remove the slack to get a comfortable size.
You can measure your hands using this blog post as a guide. When you know your size you can shop the online venues EtsyArtFire or Zibbet for the right color and weave design. You may also make a request for a special size if you don't find exactly what you are looking for.
Blue-grey hand dyed cord is used to make this handsome extra wide cuff. The 100% cotton cord absorbs the dye from the outside-in. Working the cord through the knot untwists the cable cord slightly which exposes the lighter inner color. This gives the bracelet an attractive variegated color. This design is a 22 x 9 x 2 double diamond weave pattern. Size is 7 5/8" (194 mm) inside circumference or a "medium" slip-on size. This bracelet is part of a consignment that is headed out to Portland Oregon. If you are in the Portland area stop by Emily Baker's tiny design studio Sword+Fern located at 18 E Burnside in Portland. To keep up with what's happening follow emily's blog where she posts delightful numinous object for all.
West Lafayette Indiana is nowhere close to a salt water seaside but Ashley doesn't let that stop her from creating this Seaside Dreams collection. Visit her shop The Sunshine Girl to see a small but fun collection of crochet and a hollow book (stash for ??) Her treasury collection is cleverly arranged with white, yellow, turquoise, and green groupings vertically and necklace, handbags, bracelets, and earrings horizontally. (should we expect randomness from an engineering student?)
Looking through the huge offering of cuffs on Etsy got me thinking about the indirect structure that knotted fibers create. Think about it, an ordinary piece of string is a relaxed almost limp piece of material that can be pulled and if connected to something will exert force on that object. Otherwise it's not got much to it until it is bundled together, crossed over, twisted, or knotted with other "weak" strands to form a substantial object.
In this collection of cuffs are examples of soft and seemingly insubstantial materials that have been made into colorful and comfortable accessories.
Sometimes it's the simple things that carry the most impact like this small size (6 1/2" 165 mm) blue cotton bracelet. The weave design is the over two-under two herringbone pattern made with a denim blue hand dyed cotton braid.
The cord is a 100% cotton american made from T.W. Evans Cordage Company located in Cranston R.I. Crafters can find their products in hardware stores or you can order directly online.
The featured item in this collection is the turquoise herringbone sailor bracelet made with a hand dyed cotton/poly cord in the distinctive and elastic herringbone weave design. This is a one-and-only piece as the cord has been all used up. See more designs in herringbone weave listed under solid colors in my Etsy shop
Recently I received a request from a customer who wanted some special bracelets to offer as a fundraising premium. Here is a look at the results. The design is based on a herringbone weave pattern which is the "over two-under two" sequence which creates the distinctive "V" pattern. A piece of cotton cord is used to create a 29 bight knot. A series of hand dyed cotton cord are then added one by one to fill out the weave. The colors are red, yellow, green, and blue.
As you can see one edge of the bracelet exposes the colored cords as they loop through the knot. The opposite edge is made from the white cord that forms the structure of the bracelet. The ends are trimmed off and stitched up to prevent the whole thing from coming undone.
The geometry of the knot allows up to five colors to be used. The possible color combinations range from a single color like this blue to green series to a mix of colors as seen here.
These can be made in a range of sizes from very small designed to fit kids on up to extra large designed to fit your favorite knuckle dragging lumberjack, truck driver, or stone mason.
Grey is the color of passion collection made by rachelhough offers a glimpse into the unusual and eclectic vintage world of "A new wife in a small town figuring out her life and what it means to be a housewife in the 21st Century."
Got boat? Well maybe it's the ship's wheel that makes the difference. This antique ships wheel sports a black asymmetrical turks head knot on the king spoke. This is the "up-and-down" position of the wheel when the rudder is amidships and the ship is moving (hopefully) in a straight line. The helmsman can determine the location of the king spoke and know the position of the rudder by grasping the knot while his/her attention is focused elsewhere.
Of course this particular ship may never need the serious attention of an experienced navigator but it will definitely need a yard maintenance crew sometime in the near future.
Thanks to Patsy at South Seas Charter for sending in these photos.
If you like the design of this unusual form of the turks head knot you can read more about it here. These can be ordered in two sizes for use as a king spoke marker or as a fashion forward rope bracelet. Here's an example of the design in a silver nylon cord. If you like the shape but want a different color please make a custom request.
The featured item in this collection is the white & grey turks head knot sailor bracelet MED 1147 a very simple design that comes in multiple sizes from small to extra large. To get yours simply check the size in the listing and convo me if you want smaller or larger. I'll have a reserved listing up within a day or two. See, simple!
This wider design is also blue-grey made in a plain weave pattern with a soft lay cotton-polyester blend cable cord. This one is available in the ArfFire shop where there is a larger collection of this medium width plain weave design and a variety of the herringbone patterns as well. (1072)
This is a blend of turquoise blue and grey soft lay 100% cotton cable cord. The center strand is a light turquoise blue, the outer two strands are light grey. This bracelet is available in the Zibbet shop where you can find other blended color rope bracelets in a variety of interesting combinations. (1077)
Here is another herringbone weave made from a very soft cotton cord with a relaxed braided cover. The variegated color reflects the cord materials which are not as tightly woven as other braided cords. Find this one on Etsy. (1327)
We are all of the earth... and so are the craft items in this collection by Stephanie Nan Oliver from Rain City Canada. Her shop seedknits is filled with beautiful original designs made with secondhand (and new) yarns and fabrics. Visit her blog to learn more.
I'm an incurable rock collector so I'm drawn to the Drilled Beach Stones Set offered by StoneMe who picks up found treasure from the shore of Lake Michigan.