Monday, 24 December 2012

It's Christmas... And I am back!

Post updated on 08/09/2013 - Hello again! I finally found out who the original creator of this tutorial is. It's Beth Callaghan, from Remarkably Domestic. You can see the pictures on a great resolution and with a step-by-step how to on this link. Don't forget to browse her site for many more craft tutorials. I am sure you will love it as much as I did! =) 
Post updated on 30/04/2013 - Apologies for the lateness of this update, but despite making films for a living, when I am placed under the spotlight I freak out a bit. It took me much longer than I originally intended to make this video tutorial, but I hope it will help you all. Check the bottom of the post for the link to the video and comments on the how to. :)

In Brazil, Christmas Eve is the big day: you meet your family, exchange gifts at midnight (or as late as you can manage, as it's hard to get the kids to wait) and have the lovely Crimbo feast.

I am not sure if in every Brazilian home it's the same, but at the Brilhante & Camara families it includes not only turkey but also bacalhau (dry salted cod), big chunks of ham that's been cooked in a peach sauce, rice, farofa (cassava flower fried in butter) and... If you're lucky enough to have Auntie Leda around for Christmas, the most delicious pasta with aliche (a type of anchovies) and the amazing "embiulato" - that I am 100% sure is not spelled this way - a dream savoury tart with provolone cheese, olives and different types of salami.

On Christmas day you sleep...

All that introduction to say that it's Christmas!!! I am officially on holiday, after three weeks working on a feature film called Panic, and this post is my Christmas gift for you that waited patiently... M&P is back, with a new crafty idea every other day. I hope you missed it as much as I did :) xx

Isn't this lovely? And sooooo simple to make... Great idea for a last minute gift!
Isn't this lovely? And sooooo simple to make... Great idea for a last minute gift!

I couldn't find the owner for this tutorial. I saw it on tons of Pinterest-like websites and I think the original post came from Poland, but this was as far as I went on my search. So, if these pictures are yours, please let me know and I will credit you here!


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>> UPDATE:

See below my video explaining how to get started. I hope you can get past my Brazilian accent. :) I've isolated 4 images that I think are the key ones in this tutorial and I refer to them on the video using these numbers.


Getting started:


The fourth picture represents pretty much the series of steps you will need to repeat until the end of your bracelet. I have a tiny wrist, so for me a 1.5m cord is about the right size. Remember you can always trim the end, but the longer your cord is, the trickier it gets to move it around. Also, bear in mind that when using three or more pieces together you'll need to keep tightening them little by little, but always as a unit and, most importantly, never losing sight of the shape you're trying to achieve.

After the first "pretzel":

Please note the little arrows in the picture on the left (I am sorry I can't get this picture any bigger, but the resolution of the original photo isn't great). Green arrows represent your tail going over the pretzel, white arrows going under.

This is the process you will repeat to create every knot after the first one and, this way, each one of the segments that make your bracelet.

Let me know how it goes.




13 comments:

  1. É muito bom relembrar os "NATAIS"do passado.
    FELIZ NATAL!!!
    Mara

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  2. What type of cord is this? Where can I purchase it?
    Thank you
    Sonja

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    1. Hi Sonja, I'd say there are a few types of string/cord that look just like this.

      I got some blue nylon string recently that looks just the same, but had a much thicker diameter. But you can also try and search ebay or other shops for macrame cord or polyester cord.

      Check this link for examples of what I mean: http://www.jewelrymart86.com/wholesale-nylon-macrame-cord-NS-039.html

      If you do make a bracelet or other crafty project using them, please let me know! I'd love to share it here :)

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  3. I'd love to make this, but I'm not crafty enough to just follow the small pictures. Heck, not even sure I could follow it if there were instructions written out in black and white!

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    1. Hi Amber! I used to struggle following photo tutorials as well, particularly any crochet pattern! It seemed unreal I would ever learn, but with time and practice... ;)

      Would it help if I added a video. If you want, I can update the post with one. Just let me know!

      Thanks for visiting M&P and hope to see you back here soon xx

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  4. It would greatly help if you could add a video! It is especially difficult because it does not specify the length of cord we need. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Malorie! I will update the post tomorrow and include a video, but I just made one right now and used 1.5m of string per colour. :)

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    2. Sorry everyone, I still haven't managed to get a "camera man" for the video. I really just need someone to hold my mobile whilst I do the pattern, but no luck so far... I will post on Facebook when it's live though... thanks for your patience!!!

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    3. Video up! =) Check the bottom of the post for more details xx

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    4. Thanks so much Zaira!! Also, where do you get your buttons? I need a bunch of buttons for other bracelets as well but I only find the ones I need on Etsy and they sell for so much money for only a few buttons.

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    5. I specify the length of the cords in my original post, since I'm the one who created this bracelet and tutorial. Please visit http://remarkablydomestic.com/2012/10/12/diy-ombre-knotted-bracelet/ for in depth instructions and my original photos.

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  5. Hi there, This is my original work and was originally stolen from me by someone in Poland. I do not allow reposting of my entire tutorial, so please remove my photos and link back to my site, http://remarkablydomestic.com/2012/10/12/diy-ombre-knotted-bracelet/.

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    1. Hi Beth, post updated and I replied to your email too =)

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