Cowrie Micro Macrame Bracelet Tutorial

Written by
Michelle Horning
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:20 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:20 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:20 AM PST

Created by: Michelle Horning

Designer Tips

  • For step-by-step instructions on creating a macramé bracelet, see How to Macramé a Hemp Bracelet.
  • The pattern for this bracelet is:
    5 P 5 P 5 P 5 P - 3 C 1 P 1 P 1 P 1 C 3 - P 5 P 5 P 5 P 5
    P = Picasso Bead, C = Cowrie Bead
    The number listed above is the number of Square Knots (Remember that 1 square knot consists of 2 half knots)
  • Make sure the shells are turned the same way. They are not symmetrical.
  • When adding the Cowrie beads, pull the cord behind each bead, and pull tight, to keep the bead securely in place.
  • S-lon is very light, thin, and more difficult to macrame than hemp cord. Knotting tweezers help, along with folding the cord in half when feeding the end through a knot.
  • Glue the end knots to keep them in place.
  • Separating the ends of the cord with a needle makes a nice tassel.
  • Because S-Lon has a very smooth, slightly slippery finish, it needs some assistance to stay together at the end knots. We do NOT recommend using this cord for a Shamballa-style adjustable bracelet. You will need to burn or glue the ends (or both!), or leave very long ends.

Suggested Supplies

  • 2 each #26-750-38-AS TierraCast Cowrie Shell Bead - Antiqued Silver Plated
  • 1 tube (use 11 beads) #23-246-1089 Czech Glass Matubo 3-Cut Bead, 6/0 - Turquoise Green Picasso
  • 1 pack (use 100") #61-710-103 The BeadSmith Super-Lon, Bead Cord Color Mix - Ever Green Mix (Use the Teal Cord)
  • 1 each #59-100-46-AS TierraCast Scallop Shell Button - Antiqued Silver Plated


Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Clipboard
  • Binder Clips