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Circle the Wagons
by: Lee Metsalo
as glass and crystal beads are, they wouldn’t survive on a key chain in my
world. This is a fairly quick item to complete,
perfect for a stocking stuffer for somebody whose keys get a lot of active
Keep in mind, natural leathers, in
combination with your skin oils, will darken over time, which lends itself to
entirely different colours as the piece ages.
The stitch is a circle stitch – you probably did bracelets and other
crafts using this stitch at summer camp back in the day – in case you need a
refresher, here is just one link available by the powers of Google:
the two pieces of leather in half and loop around the split ring. Thread all four strands through the Big Plain
Oval bead. Before you continue, ensure
that the two colours are opposite each other (i.e. green at position north and
south, orange at position east and west).
the first stitch, pulling the leather snug to the split ring. It will loosen a bit until the next few
stitches are in place.
do the twist, cross two of the colours over (see the link), and do the next
stitch. On each subsequent stitch, you
will cross two cords over – keep the direction consistent to achieve the spiral
the third stitch, string one 4mm Silvertone Bighole bead on each of the orange
strands. Complete the stitch keeping the
bead in place, not leaving a lot of slack.
the next stitch without a bead on it.
steps 4 and 5 until there is about 4” of leather left on each cord
section. Do one or two extra stitches to
secure the body.
all four cords and string on the other Big Plain Oval bead. Knot each individual strand randomly to act
as stoppers and textural interest. Trim
the cord ends to the same length, if desired.
(A search on youtube gets you lots of hits too if you need some video to help figure this out.)
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