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Bi-Color Macrame Tutorial by ChaosFay Bi-Color Macrame Tutorial by ChaosFay
A lot of people have asked that I make another tutorial, so here you go. Feel free to download this, and ask any questions you may have.

Layout put together by =VioletSuccubus Go tell her how awesome she is for helping me put this together.
Photographs and jewelry were made by =ChaosFay aka me.

The only knot used is the square knot
For those experience in macrame, this is the alternating square knot pattern. I used two colors.

Before starting this please refer to this tutorial for information on the closure for this piece please refer to the previous tutorial.


1. Cut four cords at 4 meters each. This is a 17 inch piece. For a shorter item use shorter cords. Also, keep in mind that it is always better to use too much than not enough.

I used .5 mm white cord, two each, and .5 mm non-waxed hemp, two each. Create the closure as directed in the previous tutorial. After you have that done set your cords up black, white, black white, white, black, white, black. A better way of understanding that is looking at the picture. You can see how I have them set up. The reason for this is to to create a "fiber bead" sort of effect, as well as a way of framing everything.

2 & 3. For this piece I did two black centers so I could get the look down, then added a third black center and added the beads. My beads are 6 mm glass pearls. The hole is large enough for one cord to fit through.

Take note that my knots are three cords. This means one cord is the core, with two outside to make the knot. This makes the knots tighter and smaller, and no cord is wasted. The center is four cords though. For me, personally, I rarely have more than one cord as my core. I don't like wasting material. All my scraps are used in the end as well so long as they're long enough for me to knot. I make everything from anklets and bracelets to phone charms and zipper pulls. Nothing is wasted. I also knot tightly, and a single core cord makes it much easier to do that.

4. Notice that I changed the pattern a bit? The reason is because I felt this was more fitting, but was simply too lazy to untie the whole thing. Totally understandable. I added only two seed beads to this, size 6. Size 6 seed beads are the smallest I'll go. For those who are interested in using seed beads in your macrame: the larger the number, the smaller the size. 11/0 is TINY.

My reason for choosing only two beads and due to space. Three would have caused it to buckle. I didn't want that.

Now continue this pattern, going from red beads to seed beads with the same amount of space between them. Always square knots! For those more advanced you can add some fancy stuff in there. I'll do another tutorial displaying the various nuances you can do to alter the look.

5. I've reached the center, 8.5 inches, and this is where I place my pendant. The bail on my pendant is wide and tall. I made TWO square knots in the middle to make space for this. All but the top two cords are inside the pendant bail. For my piece the pendant also replaced the spot where the red beads would be.

Continue with the pattern from the previous steps until you reach the end. Refer to the previous tutorial for instructions on this.

Final: Ta-Da! All finished!

The pattern will look different if you arrange the colors differently, btw. Go with what you like. The reason I did bi-color for this tutorial is because it's easier for you to see what I'm doing.

Beginners: do not use dark cord. You will have a more difficult time spotting your errors.

Feel free to use whatever colors you like, and whatever beads if you want to use them at all. Sometimes the mix of colors does the work for you! Experiment with more than two colors and see what happens!

Also, you can do this with only six cords if you'd like, or ten. I've gone up to 14, but I've also been doing this for 20 years. Good luck!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Something about this piece reminds me of the Greek patterns :D
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
(but needless to say, awesome tutorial)
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ChaosFay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've thought of asking you to send me enough cord to make one of your simpler designs so I can give it a shot, but I have to admit for some reason I kind of want your work to remain mysterious to me :lmao: plus I'd probably get frustrated with the orderliness of doing the work. I tried making something out of hemp once and only once. And anyway, it just wouldn't be the same. I like having your pieces because YOU made them as much as because they're gorgeous.
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ChaosFay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! If having a web cam and giving online lessons was possible for this, I'd do it. However, I'm better in person because people can ask questions and I can literally demonstrate the answer.
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
while I couldn't make a tutorial, I do think I could show someone how to wire wrap in person! That would be an awesome way to make some $.
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