I remember back in the late 1980’s everyone and their dog was into making cord baskets. Basically they would take a length of cord and cover it with fabric, wind it round and round, and then stitch it into a basket or bowl shape basket or this basket. They were pretty cool and a great way to use up fabric scraps.
John Bead has taken that fabric covered cord up a notch or ten with their Global Chic line of textile cords. I recently posted about it on about.com here after being sent some cording to try out. Once I made the bracelet though I knew it needed just a bit MORE to it and that is how I created my safari bracelet.
For the extra embellishments you will need:
- Thread – Invisible or in a color that coordinates
- Needle – optional
- Sharp Scissors
- Safari animal charms
- head pins
- size E beads
You can hop on over to about.com to see the instructions for the basic bracelet and then come back here for the rest if you like.
To finish this bracelet (you know I like some MORE with my MORE) I simply stitched little animal charms I found at a discount store some time ago to the textile cording. Right where the seam meets and there is a wee bit extra fabric in the seam allowance.
The zebras didn’t have a ring to stitch through so I added a couple of beads to a wrapped wire loop and then stitched that to the bracelet.
NOW it looks more like my kind of jewelry!