Level: Intermediate
Estimated time: Weekend Project

Bark


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by Nicole Anderson

In this amazing video project, Nicole demonstrates how to master the herringbone weave stitch using Chinese knotting cord around leather. As you watch the video, you will learn this centuries-old stitch as well as how to ladder gems with KO Thread into a five wrap bracelet.
What transforms this one stitch into a compelling story is the amazing color blocking which happens by changing knotting cord and bead options throughout the pattern. It all gets closed with a button, for an artisan look. Please watch the video in full. Below we have blocked out the pattern for Bark in inches. However, you are free to mix and match both colors and beads to create your own vision.

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Passage to India
$10.95
Metallic Champagne- 1.5mm Indian
$7.25
Gold- KO Thread
$3.95
Chocolate- 0.5mm
$3.35
Golden Toffee- 0.5mm
$3.35
Champagne- 0.5mm
$3.35
Golden Caramel- 0.5mm
$3.35
Mocha- 0.5mm
$3.35
Pyrite Rondelles
$16.25
Copper- Pyrite Rondelles
$14.95
Fool's Gold
$11.95
Old Cameroon
$12.95
GS Hypo Cement
$5.75
Ultra Thread Zap
$15.95
Eurotool Ultra Flush Cutters
$37.95
Handy Tape
$6.95
Extra Deep Dish Project Tray
$21.95
Project Tray Inserts
$10.25

Project Map

Please watch the video before beginning your project. Each pattern varies slightly, so it would be best to guess on the generous side. This pattern mapping applies to The Bark sample. Because wrist sizes vary, we added two loops at the end to make it adjustable. We would love to give you exact measurements for every situation, but we can only guesstimate. For every inch of herringbone weave in .5mm Chinese Knotting Cord with 1.5mm Leather, you should cut 15 inches of knotting cord. Example: 2 inches of Herringbone = 30 inches of cut Chinese Knotting Cord. Nicole explains in the video transitioning colors of Chinese Knotting Cord.

1) Begin by stringing on your button to the halfway point of your leather. Include your Gold KO thread within the leather.

2) Follow instructions in video and Herringbone stitch for 4 inches in Chocolate Chinese Knotting Cord. Do your best to hide the KO thread within the stitches of the Chinese Knotting Cord. As shown in the video, use a dab of glue on the leather as you finish the last of your herringbone stitches. Knot the Chinese Knotting cord ends on the glued leather. Leave the tails with at least an inch leftover. You will go back later with your Thread Zap II to burn the excess off.

3) At the end of the section of Herringbone, tie off your Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video. Your Gold KO is now ready to ladder stitch with the Pyrite Cubes for 1.5 inches. Start laddering by stringing on one, small Pyrite Rondelle to help the leather expand out to the larger cubes. Finish this section of laddering by ending with another small, pyrite rondelle.

4) Transition back into Herringbone again with the Chocolate for 2 inches. At the end of the stitch, knot the Chinese Knotting cord ends on the glued leather. Leave the tails with at least an inch leftover. You will go back later with your Thread Zap II to burn the excess off. Repeat the gluing of the cord at the ending of each Herringbone section.

5) Transition to Golden Toffee Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and continue with the Herringbone stitch for about 2 inches.

6) Transition again to a ladder stitch with the Copper Plated Pyrite Rondelles for 1.5 inches using the KO.

7) Transition back into Herringbone with the Golden Toffee Chinese Knotting Cord for 3 inches.

8) Transition to Champagne Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and continue with the Herringbone stitch for 3 inches.  

9) Tie off your Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and transition to a ladder stitch with the Pyrite Rondelles for 1.5 inches.

10) Transition back into Herringbone with the Champagne Chinese Knotting Cord for 2 inches.

11) Transition to Mocha Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and continue with the Herringbone stitch for about 1 inch.

12) Tie off your Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and transition to a ladder stitch with the Copper Plated Pyrite Rondelles for 1.5 inches.

13) Transition back into Herringbone with the Mocha Chinese Knotting Cord for 4-4.5 inches.

14) Transition to Golden Caramel Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and continue with the Herringbone stitch for 3 inches.

15) Tie off your Chinese Knotting Cord as shown in the video and transition to a ladder stitch with the Pyrite Rondelles for 1.5 inches.

16) Transition back into Herringbone with the Golden Caramel Chinese Knotting Cord for about 1.5 inches. End the Herringbone Stitch by tying off the Chinese Knotting Cord. End it with a bit of glue on the leather underneath the last few herringbone stitches. Let the glue dry and then carefully use the Thread Zap II to burn the tails of all the Herringbone transitions cords throughout the bracelet.

Try your bracelet on and create the button-hole loops adjustable to your wrist. The leather needs to have an opening large enough to fit around the button. It is just an overhand knot. Repeat for a second button hole.

18) Add your Old Cameroon beads to the tails of your bracelet. Tie an overhand knot underneath each bead. Cut your excess tails and you are done!

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