February 4, 2010
DIY: Tie the Knot
Posted by Corinne Gill
The knot, a traditional wedding symbol, is meant to represent everlasting love and unity. These bracelets are a stunning and unusual way to showcase this wedding tradition -- and make perfect bridesmaid gifts to boot. They're so simple and elegant, but they also have a bit of home-spun charm. They're like grown-up versions of the friendship bracelets we made at summer camp for our best friends in grade school. It's a perfect way to say "Thank You" to your nearest and dearest friends now, too.
1 You will need about 45 inches of ribbon or cord for a 7-inch bracelet. A 4-mm width is easiest to work with. You'll also need liquid seam sealant, tweezers, buttons, a foam board, and dressmaker pins, as shown here.
2 Seal ends of cord with seam sealant. Thread through buttonholes, keeping ends even, and lay face down on foam board. Insert pin through one buttonhole and cord to secure. Make S bend with end A, securing by winding around pins; pierce cord with pin at top right corner of S bend. Weave end B over first horizontal segment of S bend, and under the next two.
3 Weave end B back over all three horizontal segments of A . Then weave it back up, under the bottom two segments and over the top segment. Remove pins. Using both hands, carefully pull cord as indicated left, making a loose knot.
4 Using tweezers, gently tug up on knot where indicated above and slide knot so it's about 1 1/2 inches from the button. (The back of the knot will resemble the one far left; the front will resemble far right.) Use tweezers to tighten knot. Pin it to foam board, and secure. Continue adding evenly spaced knots.
5 When bracelet is desired length, pinch loose ends together, and tie an overhand knot. Trim the excess cord; seal ends with seam sealant.
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