Crochet Wrap Jewelry

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Designer: Kari Stecher

This crocheted chain is the ultimate in versatility. Wrap it around your wrist for a fashionable stacked bracelet, or drape the strand around your neck for a trendy, long look.


 

Materials:

  • Sport weight yarn
  • Size E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook
  • 1/4“-diameter button

Note: Gauge is not critical to the success of this project.

*Crochet abbreviations are at the end of instructions.


Instructions:

Make a chain approximately 72″ long. Sl st in 6th ch from hook (buttonhole made) and in each ch across.

Attach button to beg of ch using tails. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

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Crochet Abbreviations:

beg    begin(ning)(s)
ch    chain
dc    double crochet
hdc    half double crochet
rnd(s)    round(s)
sc    single crochet
sk    skip
sl st    slip stitch
st(s)    stitch(es)

High Tide Bracelet

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Designer: Brenda Lesch

Dangling seashells and bits of sea glass give this bracelet beachy attitude. A series of knots tied onto leather cording hold everything in place.


Materials:

  • 1/8″-diameter leather cording
  • Waxed cotton cording
  • Sea glass beads
  • Seashell beads
  • 14-millimeter wooden bead

 

1. Cut a 12″-long piece from leather cording and a 36″-long piece from waxed cotton cording. Holding two pieces together at one end, fold end over 1″ (be sure to test that loop is big enough to accommodate wooden end bead). Tie an overhand knot below loop to hold pieces together.

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2. Make loop at one end of leather cording and waxed cording, and tie an overhand knot. Wrap waxed cording around leather cording and below knotted loop for 1/2″.

 

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3. Tie a knot in the waxed cording and trim one end. Lay waxed cording along length of leather cording for 1/2″; tie a knot around leather cording.

 

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4. Add bead to waxed cording, letting it hang approximately 1/4″ below bracelet. Wrap cording around cording above bead; tie a knot.

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5. Continue adding beads in the same manner. Tie an overhand knot at end of bracelet. Thread a bead onto waxed cording, and tie a knot at end.

Literary-Bound Bracelets

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Designer: Lana Manis

 

Salvage a portion of a cloth-covered book binding and turn it into a cuff that speaks volumes. Personalize it with a book title that appeals to you, then add your choice of embroidery stitches.


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Materials:

  • Old cloth-bound book
  • Crafts knife
  • Scrap of patterned fabric
  • Scrap of felt
  • Medium-weight fusible interfacing
  • 1-1⁄2×6″ curved aluminum cuff blank
  • Needles: embroidery and curved
  • Glue stick
  • Embroidery floss

 

1. Carefully cut cloth from book with crafts knife. Cut spine loose from cover. Remove cardboard reinforcement if applicable. Trim spine as desired into a narrow strip that will fit on cuff.

2. Cut one 2-3⁄4×6-3⁄4″ strip from patterned fabric and one from felt. Cut two 2-3⁄4×6-3⁄4″ strips from medium-weight fusible interfacing. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse interfacing to backs of patterned fabric and felt strips.

3. Sew strips together with right sides facing and 1⁄4″ seam allowances, leaving one short end open. Clip corners and turn right side out. Turn raw edges under 1⁄4″ and press edges.

4. Insert metal cuff into fabric through opening. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

5. Temporarily attach book spine to cuff with glue stick. Use a curved needle to stitch spine to cuff using embroidery floss and stitches of your choice (cuffs shown use blanket stitches, running stitches, and French knots).

See our basic embroidery stitch guide here.


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All in Knots

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Designer: Heidi Palkovic

Clusters of French knots in graduating shades of orange give a large covered button an ombré effect in the center of a velvet brooch.


Materials:

  • 8″ square of ivory fabric
  • 1-7/8″-diameter covered button
  • Water-soluble fabric marking pen
  • 5″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • DMC embroidery floss: #920, #921, #3776, #3827, Ecru
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4×8″ piece of teal velvet
  • 4″ square of heavyweight interfacing (such as Pellon Peltex 70)
  • Pin back
  • Teal sewing thread
  • Flower pattern (download it here)

Assemble the Button:

1. Follow the covered button kit packaging instructions to create a template. Or use an acrylic covered button template, such as the one we used from Dritz (dritz.com). Trace template onto ivory fabric using a water-soluble marking pen. Mark a small dot at the center of the circle.

2. Center the fabric in the embroidery hoop, pull the fabric taut, and tighten the hoop.

3. Using three strands of #920 embroidery floss wrapped twice around the needle, stitch a French knot on the center dot. See our basic stitch instructions here.
4. Stitch a ring of French knots using #920 floss around the center knot. Continue adding rings of knots around the center knot until you have a cluster of knots that is approximately 3/8″ in diameter. End the stitches by inserting the needle under the stitches on the back side of the work and trim the thread ends.

5. Continue adding rings of French knots around the previous knots using progressively lighter colors, ending with ecru knots on the outside and when the embroidered area is about 1-1/2″ in diameter. Remove embroidery from hoop.

6. Refer to “How to Make a Covered Button,” to cut out and assemble covered button.

7. Use flower pattern and trace it onto white paper; cut out. Trace flower pattern twice onto the wrong side of velvet; cut out pieces. Trace the pattern onto heavyweight interfacing. Cut out the pattern approximately 1/4″ inside the traced lines.

8. Stitch the covered button to the center of one velvet flower shape.

9. With wrong sides facing, layer the two velvet flower shapes with the smaller interfacing flower shape in between and the raw edges aligned. Blanket-stitch the shapes together using three strands of #3827 embroidery floss. To blanket-stitch, see our basic stitch instructions hereNote: Make your blanket stitches short enough so the stitches do not go through the interfacing.

10. Stitch the pin back to the back of the brooch using teal sewing thread.


 

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Put a Bird(cage) on It

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Designer: Heidi Palkovic

 

Backstitch a little birdcage with a single strand of floss. Then attach it to a blank pendant, and slip it onto a chain.