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◘ More Detailed Alphabet Bracelet Tutorial:
How To Make Letters, Pictures and Numbers
Basic Name Pattern Generator:
Treat it just like a grid. Count the dots and that is where you make your knots.
MATERIAL: Six Stranded Embroidery Floss (DMC BRAND)
Letters can be done from BOTH angles- either way is fine!
Remember, these aren't "letters" so much as they are pictures. You just need to follow the grid. It's VERY LITERAL and there is no "magic" or deceit involved. If you see 10 boxes across then you have 10 base strings. If you want to flip the grid and it has 12 boxes well then you have 12 base strings.
1 box = 1 string
10 boxes = 10 strings
Number of Boxes = Number of Strings
+ one string for the foreground/weaving string.
■ LENGTHS- The strings should be about 35 inches for the base strings
(65 if you're folding the base strings in half) and the knotting thread should be as long as possible- Whatever length that you can work with without it being "too long" is fine because it is likely that you will need to add in more strings.
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ALPHABET BRACELET TUTORIALS ■ ■ ■ ■ ■
■ Explaining How To Read The Grid Patterns:
■ How To Make The Letters & Pictures:
■ How To Make The Multi-Color Alpha:
■ Picture Guide To Alpha Patterns:
Check the Sub-Albums in the lower right for the letters, numbers & images
The method of making a "G" is the same as the method of making an "S" or a "K" a smiley face or the number 3. All of the grid patterns are knotted in the same way- hold the pattern horizontally for letters that run across the bracelet or hold the pattern vertically for keychain letters... either way you just follow the grid and count the boxes. It's both identical you just need to COUNT!
When making any Alpha bracelet, letters or pictures, you are working like a typewriter. You weave a foreground string back and forth and add knots from the background in order to achieve a pattern.
When you're bringing the background strings to the foreground (adding the lettering) make sure to keep the original foreground string fairly loose as you knot with the background strings so you don't flip your knots. Keeping the foreground (green) string too taught will make the (pink) background strings pull away from the previous row.
All alpha patterns are based off of and created with grids. Each grid box is seen as an individual knot in the pattern (as explained in the video.)
Each grid box is equal to one knot.
12 grid boxes= 12 base strings and the extra foreground string for weaving.
If you have 12 grid boxes but the 5th box in is supposed to be the background color then make the 5th knot with the background string.
If you have 12 grid boxes but the 3rd and the 6th are supposed to be the background color you make the 3rd and the 6th knots with the background string.
Work one horizontal row at a time going forward for the first row, backward for the second, forward for the third and so on. Just go back and forth and count/mimic the boxes in order of appearance on your grid.
☼ In a forward knot row you need to knot the background strings BACKWARD onto the foreground string.
☼ In a backward knot row you need to knot the background strings FORWARD onto the foreground strings.
☼ It also helps to print out a grid pattern (or make your own on grid paper)
In alpha's you should leave the foreground string a bit loose while you are making knots with the background strands- it will help it settle better.
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