How to Make a Shambhala Bracelet, Part I: Macrame Square Knots

How to Make a Shambhala Bracelet, Part I: Macrame Square Knots


Go to Beadaholique.com for all of your beading supply needs! Hi. This Megan from Beadaholique.com
and today I’m going to show you how to make a macrame style square knot. This is the most basic of the macrame
knots. You can use it for all kinds of
applications and including the really popular shamballa style bracelets that are around right now. So you can use any kind of quarter
string to make the knot. I’m using a waxed cotton cord. I’m using two different colors just so
you can kind of keep track of the core center strand and then the outside strands. So when you start your going to take all three of your strands and make an overhand knot on the top. Just to hold them together. Don’t pull them
too tight because you will undo that at the end for finishing your work. When you knot these types of knots, you’re always going
to have one strand of your cord that runs down the center. and then two that run down the outside
and these are the ones you’re going to knot, the outside ones. So what you do is you’re going to take the left cord and place it over the center cord and then take the right cord and place
it over the left cord pull it under the center cord and through
the left loop. Oe way to remember it is it’s over,
over, under, through. And you pull it tight and pull on both sides of the outside
cords evenly and make sure that you also bring some tension on the middle cord so that it doesn’t get bunched up. To make your knot square so that
it lines up nice and flat you’re gonna get opposite for the second
half of the knot. So you’re going to take the left cord
under the center cord, the right cord under the left cord, bring it over the center and through the
left loop. So just like the first half was over,
over, under through, this one is under, under, over, through. I will sit there and say that to
myself as I do it. It helps you keep track in your head. Whatever works. So go ahead and pull it tight and you can see that shape right there under the overhand
knot, that’s what the square knot look like. If you just keep going over over under, through. Under. Bring that one under the left over the center through the loops and pull it tight. As you can see what it ends up doing is forming this nice uniform flat wide band like a knotted braid and you can make bracelets out of just the knotting or in the Shamballa style bracelets you take a bead and it could be any kind of bead. The Pave style
beads are really popular. This is a Beadelle pave style bead. You just wanna make sure when you’re choosing
beads that you choose a bead with a large enough hole to fit over your cord. To insert a bead you just thread the bead onto your center strand and then you’re gonna make the knot just
like you did up here but below the bead. So make sure your bead’s
all the way up so pull the bead al the way up. Take the
left strand and bring it over the center strand and below
the bead bring the right stand over the left strand under the center strand and through the loop and then just pull it tight with the side strands going to either side of the bead. When you do the second half of the
square knot going under under over and through it will kind of lock it in place. That is how you put a bead on there and that’s how you do a square knot for macrame and then to learn how to finish off the knotting there’s actually a separate video for
that and that video is called how to finish
off macrame knotting. So check that out to see how to finish it off so that you can have it secure. Go to Beadaholique.com for all of your beading supply needs!

100 thoughts on “How to Make a Shambhala Bracelet, Part I: Macrame Square Knots

  1. Does the hemp cord from the beadaholique website smell or have an odor? Because the hemp cord i bought at hobby lobby has a really aweful smell and i was looking for a cord that was scent less… I one i was looking at on beadaholique website was the 'natural hemp twine', please respond! 🙂

  2. I checked out the hemp twine section of our warehouse and sniffed around for a few minutes this morning. I found our hemp twine to have very little to no odor. A very few of the pieces that I smelled had an extremely light smell that reminded me of hay or straw, but for the most part, they seemed to be odor-free.

  3. Wooooowwww thanks for posting these vids. I have been trying figure this out for a long time.

  4. We sell them at our store, Beadaholique . com. Go to our home page and scroll down to the bottom. On the lefthand side there's a category titled "Jewelry" and under that you'll see "Bracelets". Click on that and you'll see "Shambhala Style Bracelets".

  5. The cords featured in this video are Japanese Premium Waxed Cotton Necklace or Knotting Cords – 1.6mm. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  6. The cords featured in this video are Japanese Premium Waxed Cotton Necklace or Knotting Cords – 1.6mm. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  7. There are so many different types of cord that are called "gimp" that I'm not sure which type you are asking about. I haven't tried a twisted braided cord for this type of knot work. You could definitely experiment with it. I do know that most smooth cords will work. You'll also want to be aware of how thick your cords are because your work could get quite bulky, and you'll want to make sure that your beads will fit over your center cord.

  8. thank you for replying back! 🙂 and the gimp i am talking about is the kind you use to make zipper sinnet bracelets

  9. You can do macrame knotting with many different types of string and cord, with your results differing slightly with whatever material you choose. My best suggestion if you're not sure about your particular material is to experiment. Try it out!

  10. Make sure that you're alternating which string goes over the top in your knots. The over, over, under, through and then the under, under, over, through. This keeps your work flat. If you do all of your knots with one side going over the middle string, for example, you work will twist.

  11. Really don't understand why people spend so much money to buy this when they can make it themselves! So excited I found this video thank you so very much… also can the string be brought at a craft store.

  12. The knotting can be any length you like. The length of the cords will depend on how long you want your finished knotting to be. In my how to project for making a Shambhala bracelet, I suggest beginning with 18" for the center cord and 3' for the outside cords. If you have more knotting and less beads in your project, it will use more of the outside cord, so you'll need to start with longer pieces

  13. thanks for the help, this video was really useful! i'm going to try to do it with embroidery thread, do you think it will work?

  14. Embroidery floss will make smaller knots, because it's quite a bit thinner. I'm also not sure how well it will hold up to wear and tear, because it isn't nearly as strong as the cord that's demonstrated. But it is used in friendship bracelets, so it might be worth experimenting with.

  15. The cords featured in this video are Japanese Premium Waxed Cotton Necklace or Knotting Cords – 1.6mm. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  16. Alrighty! I thought that that's what you used. I went ahead and ordered a few of the 1mm waxed linen irish cord last night! I can't wait to receive it and start on my bracelets!

  17. You can get Beadelle Crystal beads on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video. Click on them to see the prices

  18. The knotting can be any length you like. The length of the cords will depend on how long you want your finished knotting to be. In my how to project for making a Shambhala bracelet, I suggest beginning with 18" for the center cord and 3' for the outside cords. If you have more knotting and less beads in your project, it will use more of the outside cord, so you'll need to start with longer pieces.

  19. We're currently have a sale on Beadelle Crystal beads. Get 15% off if you order between now and July 2nd.

  20. You can find complete instructions for this bracelet, including measurements on Beadaholique's Project page under Bracelets. For the project, I suggest one 18" length and two 3' lengths of cord. Using a basic online metric converter, that would be one 0.4572 m length and two 0.9144 m lengths.

  21. have you tried making the bracelet yet because I went to michaels and couldnt find any string like this kind. I've watched other videos with different cording but I didnt like those cords as much… I also couldnt find the beads when I went, sucks…

  22. The cords featured in this video are Japanese Premium Waxed Cotton Necklace or Knotting Cords – 1.6mm. You can get them on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath the video.

  23. Glad I found this. Now I dont have to spend $500 bucks on a Northskull necklace! I can just buy the materials and make my own. :-3

  24. Hi! Ive tried to make a bracelet similar to this one. Only difference is that inbetween each bead is only 2 square knots. But whenever I do that, the knots end up being crooked! I am using 10mm beads and chinese knotting cord. Are there any techniques or advice you can give me to help? Thanks! 🙂

  25. Do you mean that they're twisted? If so, you need to make sure that you alternate which cord goes over the top each knot (over, over, under, through and then under, under, over, through) to make it lie flat. If this isn't the problem, can you clarify what you mean by crooked?

  26. It's a size 12mm Beadelle Crystal Round Pave Bead. You can get it on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  27. You can find complete instructions for this bracelet, including measurements on Beadaholique's Project page under Bracelets. There's a link for it in the video description underneath this video. For the project, I suggest one 18" length and two 3' lengths of cord.

  28. Thank you. Your steps were clear and slow enough to follow. One way I can remember that I have the string placing correct before I tighten it is to visualize a mustached (left/right cords) mouth (stitch form) with its tounge sticking out (centre cord) ^_^

  29. Yes, if you alternate whether the left strand goes under or over the center cord, it will create square knots that don't twist.

  30. I use one piece of 45cm as the central column, and 120cm (ish) folded in half for the two sides. Instead of having the loose knot at the top which you undo, I fold my long piece of cord in half and do an overhand knot with the centre of the long piece around the central column about 10cm down before beginning the square knot. Much easier 🙂

  31. nice work and good instruction. Thanks. do you think I could use existing beads w/small holes (so I don't have to buy a new collection of beads) by using a wire or w/e smaller for the center lilne? Thx

  32. I would not use wire for the center of your bracelet. It should be a cord or string so that it can knot and be flexible. It is possible to use a smaller cord for the center, but it will result in a narrower braid when it has less in the middle. You won't get quite the same look without something wider to knot around. My best advice is to go ahead and experiment to see what works for you.

  33. how do you make a shambhala bracelet with a watch face on ?? could you help please. thankyou i love your tutorials.

  34. You could attach your cords to each side of the watch face using Lark's Head Knots, which we have a video showing how to do. Attach two cords to each side to give yourself the four working cords. Then you could continue down each side just like in this video.

  35. What size are you using or what size do you recommend? I ordered 1mm and 2mm but not sure which to order the most… 🙁 is 2mm or 1mm good for cute thin braeclets?

  36. Are you referring to the cord or the beads? The supplies that I used are listed in the description. The cord is 1.6mm and the beads are 12mm.

  37. You are such a great person!! You answered all my questions from other of your videos thanks! I really appreciate your help.. I started with paracord and now I think I would macramé and waxed cotton cord bracelets for myself ! I love bracelets! Happy beading and thanks so much !! 🙂

  38. That depends on how long you want your bracelet to be. You can find step by step instructions for making this bracelet in the Free Projects section at Beadaholique.

  39. I agree with you. Just about any jewelry of this type you can make yourself. There is always someone online who will explain the details. Never spend big money on trinkets. In fact once you get good at it you can sell them yourself to make extra money. Peace my friend!

  40. I'm not sure how you would fix a broken Shambhala bracelet. If the core string has broken, it would probably easier to redo the whole thing than to figure out how to get a new piece through all the knotting. Even if you did, it could mess up the tension. These do not take very long to make, I think it would probably be easier to just do it again.

  41. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! It's like having your own personal "jewelry instructor" right at home; So nice for those of us who can't get out n' about easily. 🙂 And yet, difficult for those of us with cats…

  42. You can get the supplies featured in our videos on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  43. you knot square knots diffrently then i do.
    you make the loop always on the left side, but you go over the middle one, and the other time you go under it.
    i always go over it but i make my loop left right left right,…

  44. It depends on how long you want your bracelet to be. You can find step by step instructions for making this bracelet in the Free Projects section at Beadaholique . com.

  45. The cord is 1.6mm. You can get the supplies featured in our videos on Beadaholique . com's website. The links for the supplies in this video are located in the video description underneath this video.

  46. You can definitely experiment with other sizes of cords. I've made similar bracelets out of cord as small as Super-Lon size 18, and have also used other strings such as silk ribbon. Give it a try and see how you like the results 🙂

  47. You have such a pleasant speaking voice and a wonderful instructor! Thank you so much for teaching us how to create these bracelets.

  48. Great instructions, but it would be helpful if you begin with describing the type and length of materials needed. Thank you so much!!!

  49. Great video ….ty what kind of cord do I use to give my design that bulky thick cord look. Using very thin nylon it looks nothing like the look I want for macrame. Ty jame

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