(large image from somewheresplendid.com necklace from baublebar and nail varnishes from Essie)

I have mentioned my love of neon before (right here). The wonderful Stedders has also mentioned it here on her blog The Frugality (and she’s ‘in fashion’ so she knows). AND over at Modernmummusthave Erica has found some nice neon and neutral bags, just the colour-way I like; neon with brown craft paper or natural tones, beiges and nudes.


These are some bracelets I made last night. You don’t get a step by step guide for this make as they really are simple: If you can plait, thread a bead onto some cord and tie a knot then you are equipped with all the skills to make these bracelets.



Plait and bead
Cut three 30cm lengths of bead cord, tie together at one end and thread on a 5ish mm diameter bead. Start plaiting the cords together for about 3cm. Then thread a smaller bead onto one of the cords. Continue plaiting for another 1cm then thread another bead, make sure you thread the bead onto the same piece of cord so all the beads end up on the same edge of the bracelet. Plait, bead, plait, bead till you’ve made the bracelet long enough for our wrist. Plait for a further 3cm, thread on another larger bead and tie a knot to finish. Done.

Cut one length of cord an out 30cm long. On one end thread on a charm and tie in place thread on a small bead and tie a knot as close as you can to the bead. Leave about 6cm of cord bare then tie a knot, thread a bead then tie a knot, bead, knot, bead, knot, bead … Skip to the end … For about 30 beads. Repeat what you did at the beginning at the end. Done.

Silver & beige
Cord 25cm, knot, bead, knot, 10cm bare, knot, bead x 15, knot, repeat previous. Done.

Silver & pink
Cord 25cm, knot, bead, knot, 10 cm bare, knot, bead, bead, knot, 2cm bare, knot, bead, bead, knot, repeat once more, repeat beginning bit. Done.

Gold medallion
Cord 30cm long. Thread one end through the hole in the ‘medallion’ then tie a knot as if you were tying a school tie. Thread a bead onto the short end of the cord and tie a knot. Thread the long bit of cord through the other side of the medallion and repeat the beginning. Done and done.

I was going to show you a picture of the bracelets on arm but all my arm self portraits looked a bit like I’d wrapped the bracelets round a passing elephants trunk.

P.S. The most exciting about this post is if your repeat the title over and over again you become an actual human beatbox! Knotsnbeadsnknotsnbeadsnknotsn. Go on, try it.

3 thoughts on “make: knots 'n' beads

  1. jo

    inspired…you really are….please can you do a blog on how to crochet next please……I think its cooler than knitting and you can do it more subtley….

  2. sewyeah Post author

    Well if you will have Really Long Knitting Needles! I’ve never been able to get the hang of crochet.. i could never work out how to make it go back the other way, I always end up with just one realllllllly long single row.

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