First make the basic bracelet (pictured above on the left) as shown in these instructions. Finish off the bracelets with French knots and thread stitches:
Working the Embroidered Flowers and Leaves:
Using a contrasting thread, (1) bring the needle up through hole [c]. Make a double French knot (2) , before pulling through. Go back in through hole [a] (3)
Make French Knots on top of every button in the same way all round the bracelet.
Working the Leaves:
Using contrasting thread, come up through hole [c] and back down again, (4) leaving a loop of thread. Bring the needle up from underneath and through the loop. Pull gently and firmly until leave is the right shape and in the right position. Bring thread up through hole [a] and repeat, making the second leaf. (6)
Continue all the way round the whole bracelet. (7). Tie off loose thread ends underneath (8). Using cotton thread, neaten the thread ends underneath the bracelet. (9)
This bracelet is worked in the same way. Except for the leaves. They are worked into holes [b] and [d]
This bracelet is made with teal cotton thread and highlighted with red French knots and cream cotton leaves. The buttons had printing on the front, so I turned them upside down to show the plain brown side only.
This one was made with the same brown buttons, but this time I let the print show – giving it a typographical feel. The basic bracelet was made with slightly thicker Vinnis Nikkim (South African hand dyed cotton thread) in apple green and highlighted with cream crochet cotton French knots. The leaves are omitted.
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Note – Mostly, I’ve used crochet cotton like J&P Coats Knit Crosheen or Elle Crochet from my own collection. I buy my cottons from Wool and Weave in Hillcrest – An inspiring place to visit if you are a local Durbanite.
If you’d like to make these yourself, this is where you can find the tutorials for the basic Bracelet:Tutorial for Basic Bracelet
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