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Micro-macrame choker

Go from hippy chick to hippy chic with this cool micro-macramé necklace for hot summer outings 

The inspiration for this open macramé choker came from a sinuous Chinese scarf that has golden threads floating between two layers of silk. If you’ve found macramé unappealing in the past, give this project a try. By using fine cord that comes in an array of beautiful colors, you can create delicate pieces that look like they’re floating on air.

SUPPLIES

  • 16-in. (41cm) choker
  • 20mm (approx.) cabochon
  • 5g seed beads, size 15/04 x 4-in. (.1 x.1m) piece of Ultrasuede (available from fabric stores)
  • Nymo B and thread conditioner
  • beading needles, # 12Tuff Cord, size 3 (shorinternational.com)
  • button with shank
  • Tools: macramé board, T-pins, E6000, G-S Hypo Cement

INSTRUCTIONS

Micromacrame choker a
Photo a
Micromacrame choker b
Photo b
Micromacrame choker c
Photo c

Create a beaded bezel for the cabochon, then measure, cut, and attach the cords. Knot the first side, finishing it with a strip of square knots. Knot the other side to match the first, but finish with a beaded loop. Use double half-hitches for your horizontal and diagonal lines and square knots to create the ends.

Beaded bezel

1. Glue a cabochon to a piece of Ultrasuede with E6000. Remove excess glue from around the edges.

2. Thread a needle with 1 yd. (91cm) of Nymo and tie an overhand knot at the end. Bring the needle up through the Ultrasuede close to the cab. Using size 15/0 seed beads, backstitch around the cab, ending with an even number of beads (PHOTO A).

3. Once the cab is encircled, begin even-count circular peyote from the base row. When you get all the way around the cab, step up (PHOTO B) to start the next row. Add enough rows to secure the cab.

4. The cab component must be at least 1 in. (2.5cm) from top to bottom to cover all the cords. Trim the Ultrasuede close to the beads without cutting your beadwork. Cut an identical piece of Ultrasuede to cover the back. 

5. Cut 16 80-in. (2m) lengths of cord (this makes a 16-in./41cm choker). Lay them out horizontally side by side and mark the middle.

6. Apply an even amount of E6000 to the back of the beaded cab and glue it over the cords at the mark. Keep the cords flat.

7. Flip the cab over, keeping all the cords in a row. Apply E6000 to the second piece of Ultrasuede and glue it to the back of the cab, covering all the cords evenly (PHOTO C). Let it dry.

Knot the leaves – Side one

Anchor the cab vertically to a macramé board with T-pins to keep it flat and stabilized. If you don’t have a macramé board, devise a work surface that will hold your piece in place.

Micromacrame choker f1
Figure 1
Micromacrame choker f2
Figure 2
Micromacrame choker d
Photo d

1. Lay cord 1 across the other cords, keeping it against the cab (FIGURE 1).

2. Starting with cord 2, make double half-hitch knots around cord 1 all the way across, keeping cord 1 in line with the cab (FIGURE 2 and PHOTO D).

3. Separate cords 2, 3, 4, and 5 with a T-pin. Place cord 6 diagonally over cords 7-1. Starting with cord 7, make double half-hitches around cord 6, working left to right all the way to the end, keeping cord 6 diagonal. This is the top border of the first leaf.

Micromacrame choker e
Photo e
Micromacrame choker f
Photo f

4. Using size 15/0 seeds, string one on cord 8, two on cord 10, three on cord 12, two on cord 14, and one on cord 16.

5. Snug the beads up to the border of the leaf and lay cord 7 across the bottom (PHOTO E). Starting with cord 8, make double half-hitches around cord 7 working left to right to the end, keeping the bottom border snug to the beads. This completes the first leaf.

6. The second leaf is worked right to left. Separate cords 16, 1, 6, and 7 with a T-pin (PHOTO F).

7. Lay cord 15 diagonally across cords 14-2. Starting with cord 14, make double half-hitches around cord 15, working right to left to the end.

8. String one 15/0 on cord 13, two on cord 11, three on cord 9, two on cord 5, and one on cord 3. Snug the beads up and lay cord 14 across the bottom.

9. Starting with cord 13, make double half-hitches around cord 14 working right to left all the way to the end.

10. The cord count will continue to change as you bring cords across to form the leaves. For example, end cords 1 and 16 are now 14 and 7. Instead of trying to keep track, it’s easiest to renumber the cords 2-16 (plus 1 now on the right end) after every second leaf. This way you can simply repeat steps 3-9 until you have made 18 leaves. 

Making the ends

1. After the last leaf, renumber the cords 1-16 from left to right. Lay cord 1 horizontally over all the cords and make a row of double half-hitches straight across, working from left to right.

Micromacrame choker f3
Figure 3
Micromacrame choker f4
Figure 4
Micromacrame choker g
Photo g
2. Make a bed of alternating square knots to support the button (PHOTO G). Starting from the left, make a square knot with cords 2, 3, 4, and 5. For the first half of the knot, cord 2 goes under 3 and 4. Cord 5 goes under 2, over 3 and 4, and down through the loop made by 2 (FIGURE 3). To complete the knot, cord 5 goes over 3 and 4; 2 goes over 5, under 3 and 4, and down through the loop made by 5 (FIGURE 4).
 
For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF
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