Ways to Braid

So many ways to create mixed media bracelets! These photos all show suede cord on various kinds of chain but you could use cotton cord, thread, leather, ribbon, etc! Mix up your colors, mix up your styles and layer ’em high for an eye-catching arm party!

General Tips Before You Start:

*Use safety pins to lay your chain flat and hold it straight while you braid

*Better safe than sorry – when in doubt cut extra cord it’s better to have extra than run out

*Watch that the cord you use doesn’t twist, your design won’t look as clean and when you unpin the chain it will curl instead of lay flat

Criss Cross Braid

 

-2 pieces of chain

-1 piece of cord, folded in half, 2x the length of the chain

To Make: fold your cord in half and feed ends upwards through the bottom of the chain so they come out the top, then cross the ends over each other and feed them downward through the top of the next link. Cross ends under the chain and feed upwards, criss-cross on top of the chain and feed downwards

Crochet Chain Braid

-1 piece of chain

-1 piece of cord, 3-4x the length of the chain

To Make: take one end of the cord, just a couple inches and starting from underneath the chain feed upwards, leave this piece laying out, you will glue it down later. Take the long end and feed downwards from above the next link, when you pull the cord through pull it through the loop made by feeding the cord through the links

*Don’t pull too tight, it looks better a bit loose and if you pull too tight between links the chain will curl

Double Chain Simple Braid 

-2 pieces of chain

-1 piece of cord, 3-4x the length of the chain

To Make: this one is easy, leave a couple inches on one end of the cord sticking out like you did for the crotchet chain o you can glue it later (I like this better than a knot because I use a lot of suede cord and the knots come out so bulky). Weave the cord upwards and downwards through the chain links so that the inner sides of the links of each piece of chain are held together. Again, don’t pull too tight and don’t try to do too many stitches in each link, less is more it’ll look better in the end. This ones is SO much easier if you use the safety pin technique because if the links turn while you’re braiding you will end up braiding your chain together twisted.

Single Chain, Double Cord Braid 

-1 piece of chain

-2 pieces of cord, or one piece of cord folded in half, 4-5x the length of the chain

To Make: braid this style like you did with the crochet braid, except that when you go to feed the cord downwards, the opposite strand should by laying over the working cord so that it gets pulled through the loop.

*If you read my “Etsy saves the day” post, the cord I’m using in these photos is the “just-in-time” orange suede mentioned in that post from the shop DIYandZAKKA

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