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Discussion in 'G2G11 Cardiff' started by bagpuss, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. bagpuss

    bagpuss Dursley District Guider & Commissioner GuiderPlus

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    Hi ladies,

    I can't remember who it was that bought the macrame bracelets to the craft share at G2G11 in Wales but I just wanted to say thank you. I have spent some time getting the hang of it properly myself and tonight we did them at Guides and they loved it. In fact, I had to stop them all, mostly in the midst of a second one, and most took extras home to finish off or do another. I think they want another session in the new year as well!

    So thank you
     
  2. rainbowb

    rainbowb Rainbowb GuiderPlus

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    Are you able to post how to make them?....OR do you have an attachment you can post? They would be great to send to sangam for their fundraiser.

    rainbowb
     
  3. Squirrel-Nutkin

    Squirrel-Nutkin The Wicked Witch of the West (15,000+ posts)

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    I showed my dd how to do these the other day and we bracelets everywhere now :D

    they are really simple to do once you get the hang of it (although the waxed thread isn't that cheap!) but we've found wooden beads work well on them and they are much cheaper than shambala beads
     
  4. Dionysia

    Dionysia Veteran (100+ posts)

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    It was me!!! So glad that you are able to share what i taught you. I have brownies that have been brought kits bringing them in to me so that I can help.

    There are other threads, but the knots don't hold quite as well. I use bead-workshop (if this is allowed) £1 for 10m.
     

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    Squirrel-Nutkin The Wicked Witch of the West (15,000+ posts)

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    10m would be enough for about 8 or 9 bracelets (depending on size of wrist) - I'm finding with my dd that we are using nearly a metre for the main part which has the beads for each bracelet

    there are quite a few tutorials on youtube for anyone wishing to learn, they are well fun to make :D
     
  6. Dionysia

    Dionysia Veteran (100+ posts)

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    and quite easy when you know how - managed to teach two of my friends girls on the train back from London last week.
     
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    Squirrel-Nutkin The Wicked Witch of the West (15,000+ posts)

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    instructions on this youtube link (although loads of others around on youtube)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJtfg7aA-qE



    we use a lid from old shoebox turned landscape and small bulldog clips to hold thread top and bottom and to keep it tight (we thread all the beads on first as we find that easiest, do 5 or 6 pairs of knots to start, and 1 pair of knots between each bead and 5 or 6 pairs of knots to end - and we use 10mm cheap wooden beads and they look really effective - just tie off ends after making the slider bit with a double knot, so we don't even hang beads on the ends)
     
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    bagpuss Dursley District Guider & Commissioner GuiderPlus

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    Thank you.
    Sorry I couldn't remember who it was!! :p
     
  9. Boris

    Boris Veteran (100+ posts) GuiderPlus

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    thanks for the link, will have a go this weekend
     
  10. Amy1997

    Amy1997 Beginner (10+ posts)

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    These would be great to make if your group was having a table at a fair- although they look quite difficult to do!
     
  11. bagpuss

    bagpuss Dursley District Guider & Commissioner GuiderPlus

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    Once you've got it, they're really simple
     
  12. Squirrel-Nutkin

    Squirrel-Nutkin The Wicked Witch of the West (15,000+ posts)

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    ^^^^ I second that - they look effective and look difficult, but they are really very very easy to do and if you can do a bow-knot and remember to alternate left to right, you can master the bracelets :D
     
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    Boris Veteran (100+ posts) GuiderPlus

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    any suggestions as to the best (cheapest) place to buy beads
     
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    Squirrel-Nutkin The Wicked Witch of the West (15,000+ posts)

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    we use wooden beads as they are cheap/light

    [ebay=]370785010941[/ebay]

    if you want actual shamballa beads this seller is good (they sell cheap fake ones as more expensive ones too)
    [ebay=]190793259490[/ebay]
    [ebay=]190747066414[/ebay]

    there are lots on ebay if you just do a search?
     
  15. bagpuss

    bagpuss Dursley District Guider & Commissioner GuiderPlus

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    I took a mix of beads along that we happened to have in our cupboard and most of the guides chose either the plain wooden beads (not coloured like the pictures above) or the brightly coloured pony beads! Not many actually went for the fancy beads.
     
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    Squirrel-Nutkin The Wicked Witch of the West (15,000+ posts)

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    Boris Veteran (100+ posts) GuiderPlus

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    thanks will order some for the Guides
     

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