Mother's Day Gift Idea!

Mother's Day Gift Idea!
Spoil your Mum (or yourself!) with a colourful resin bangle with a sparkly magnetic clasp. Wear one on it's own, wear a stack of monochromatic bangles or really let her personality show and wear a stack of different colours together. Peronalised sizing available so no matter what size wrist she has, there is a bangle to fit! Available at the Mill Lane Studio Resin Jewellery Shop

Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Tie a Sliding Knot

With leather jewellery being so popular at the moment, there is now a plethora of cord ends on the market to neatly finish off your jewellery. But sometimes, the best way to finish leather jewellery is not with a cord end at all. Sometimes, the best way is with a sliding knot. The beauty of this knot is that it's adjustable to fit the wearer and there is no clasp required. So let's take a look at how to make it.
Just pull the ends of this adjustable sliding knot leather bracelet to tighten it.

I've already made my bracelet and knotted off the cord ends to keep them in a neat bundle. Form the bracelet into a circle with the ends overlapping. Take a length of cord about 20cm (8") long and hold it about 4cm (1 1/2") from one end. Place this along the bundle of cords.
Begin tying the sliding knot by crossing cords from each side over each other.

Hold it under the thumb of your non-dominant hand and with your other hand, begin to wrap it around the bundle of cords including the cord you laid down in the previous step.
Hold the bracelet in your hand place a wrapping cord under the thumb of your non-dominant hand

Continue wrapping the cord around the bundle loosely, working back towards the cut end of the wrapping cord. Make about 4 or 5 wraps.
Wrap the cord around the bundle of leather cords loosely

Thread the tail back through the coil you've just created....
Thread the tail of the cord back through the coil you just created.

and pull it back out at the first coil.

Pull the cord back out at the first coil.

Next, adjust the coil so it sits neatly and pull both ends of the cord in opposite directions so that the knot is secure.
Tighten the sliding knot by pulling the two cord ends in opposite directions.

Trim away the excess cord close to the coil.
Trim away the excess cord close to the coil.

To tighten the bracelet, just pull the two knotted bracelet ends in opposite directions.
To tighten the bracelet, just pull the two knotted bracelet ends in opposite directions.

To loosen the bracelet, grip the bracelet cords (not the knotted ends, but the bracelet itself) next to the coil and pull them - they will slide through the knot making the bracelet larger.

And there you have it! A really neat way to finish a bracelet with no cord ends and no clasp!

See this related post:
Beaded Kumhimo Bracelet with Sliding Knot

Pin it for later!
How to Tie and Adjustable Sliding Knot project sheet with close up detail of the sliding leather knot.

Tying Basic Knots in leather jewellery - the adjustable sliding knot project sheet

How to Master the Sliding Knot step-by-step

'Til next time.....

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