Embroidery Silk Bracelet

The sky is not even grey today.  It looks likes someone painted everything else on the canvas, but left the sky blank.  If you position yourself so that you can only see the sky through the window, it looks like there is nothing out there. However, the trees more than make up for it with a spectacular burst of autumn colours – orange, gold, brown, green, red, purple, and some have berries nestling amongst the leaves like bright little jewels.  So, our little treat is inspired by the view from the window.


Autumn was my mother’s favourite season.  She married in the autumn and her bridal bouquet was made up of rusty red chrysanthemums – not the tight, pom-pom type, but the loose, spidery Japanese type.  She liked to embroider as well as sew and knit.  Below is an example of her embroidery.


The thing about embroidery, is that you always seem to end up with lots of leftover strands of embroidery silk.  My silks tin is overflowing, and this is a great way of using up the leftovers.


The other day, my sister and niece were telling me about how my niece’s daughter is adept with a needle.  She likes to embroider, and is very good too! Of course with all of these ancestors in the textile industry, some of it must pass down the generations.  Maybe she will show some of her embroidery on here.

These are simple square knot bracelets.  If you don’t have any embroidery silk, you can use parcel string or any other suitable cord you might have.  The only other equipment you need is a clipboard, a clip or peg to anchor the thread, and scissors. You can also add beads to your bracelet.


Cut four lengths of string 100cms long.  Knot the four strings together approximately 10cms from the top and fasten them securely, just above the knot.  The two central strings are kept together and need to be kept fairly tight while you are working.  Clip them to the bottom of the clip board if possible.


Take the left string, and leaving a rough semi-circle to the left side, cross the string over the top of the central strings to the right.


Take the right string and pass it over the top of the tail of the left string (the one you crossed over) and diagonally under the central strings, finishing with the end of the string in the semi-circle.


Gently and evenly pull the ends of the strings up and out to form a tight knot at the top.  It is important to keep the central strings straight and taut.


Next, take the right string, and leaving a rough semi-circle to the right side, cross it over the top of the central strings to the left side.


Take he left string and pass this over the top of the tail of the right string and diagonally under the central strings, finishing with the end of the string in the semi-circle on the right side.


As before, pull the ends of the strings to form a tight knot on the top of the central strings.  Basically, what you are doing is tying knots on the central strings.


Continue in this way until you have reached the required length.  Finish by knotting all four strings together close to the last knot.  If you want to add beads – you simply thread a bead on to the central string and continue knotting.  Below is a finished, plain knotted parcel string bracelet.



To finish the ties as above: Thread a bead onto the end and push it up to the knot.  Separate the strings into two pairs.  Twist each pair of strings together at the same time (this can be fiddly and youngster may need some help here).  Knot the two pairs together at the end (do not allow them to unwind).  When you let go, they will twist together.  Pull the bead down to the knot.  Repeat on the other end of the bracelet.  If you string is not waxed, you can dye these bracelets with tea,/coffee, beetroot water, or onion skins.

We made the bracelet below with cord from Masson Mill.  It was very cheap! More on Masson Mill soon.


Happy knotting!  J



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