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Peruvian Wonders

Cusco

This latest bracelet design was inspired by our visit to the Sacred Valley in Peru last October.  This 70 mile river valley follows the Urabamba River as it twist and turns against a backdrop of some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in Peru   The locals still speak the native language of the Incas, raise alpacas and spend their days weaving brightly colored textiles.   

The many colors and weave we added to the basic macrame square knot in this tutorial  were inspired by the wonderful handicrafts we saw on our trip!  We hope you have fun making these bracelets and if you ever get the chance, make sure to take your own trip to the Sacred Valley!

 

VIDEO

 

TECHNIQUES NEEDED

How to Prepare Chinese Knot Cord for Threading Beads (video)
How to Tie a Macrame Square Knot with Weave (pdf)
 
 

MATERIALS NEEDED

Border Color:   0.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord (Teal)
Weaving Colors:   0.5mm Chinese Knot Cord (Golden Yellow, Brown, Navy)
5 grams of 8/0 seed beads (Dark Green)
 
 

TIPS & TRICKS

  1. To make your knots more even, tighten the weave cord first.  
  2. Add beads to the cord that goes under your center strands and not the weave cord.
  3. To make your bracelet into a 3 wrap bracelet, add beads for the first wrap, just knot for the second wrap, add two beads and then knot for the 3rd wrap.    Use a crimp bead with extender for the clasp instead of a square knot sliding clasp.