Asymmetrical Macrame Bracelet

By: Cynthia Shaffer

Looking for a not-so-typical macrame bracelet pattern? This Asymmetrical Macrame Bracelet takes a spin on your summer camp macrame bracelet and give it something of a cosmic look, like moons around a planet. Say good-bye to icky yarn, rope, or string and ugly wooden beads, and say hello to hemp yarn, clear glass beads, and and some hand dyed rayon ribbon. Quick, simple, and super sweet, this macrame jewelry is everything you could want in a DIY bracelet pattern. Learn how to macrame with these step-by-step instructions, and show off your new fabulous hemp bracelet.

Asymmetrical Macrame Bracelet
Asymmetrical Macrame Bracelet
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Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Seed, Glass

Time to complete: In an evening

Bead Project Type: Bracelet

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


For jewelry making, macrame is a popular knotting technique used especially for bracelet making, particularly friendship bracelets. There are conflicting views on the origin of macrame. Some believe it comes from a 13th century Arabic weavers’ word “migramah”; this word refers to decorative fringes on camels and horses used to keep the flies off the animals in the desert regions of northern Africa. Another theory is that macrame comes from a Turkish word "makrama", which refers to a way to secure the ends of pieces of weaving by using the excess thread and yarn along the top and bottom edges of loomed fabrics. Either way, the earliest recorded use of macrame-style knots as a decoration is attributed way back to the Babylonians and Assyrians.

The use of macrame spread west after the Moorish conquest. By the time of the Victorian era, macrame was incredibly popular; it used to make household items such as tablecloths, bedspreads, and curtains. For a brief period, macrame fell out of fashion, but it saw a resurgence in the 1970s. This is when macrame jewelry really gained popularity. Necklaces, anklets, and particularly macrame bracelets have become jewelry making favorites. Follow the tutorial above to learn how to make a macrame bracelet at home, and discover why this knotting techniques has been so beloved for centuries.

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Loved learning the history of macrame. This DIY bracelet is such a unique and lovely twist on macrame bracelets.

These bracelets are very pretty and I enjoyed reading about the history of macrame. As far as I knew, it didn't even exist until the 70s!

Square knots. Add beads to thread first. Leave open weave gaps (circles) like wrapping around a pencil instead of a tight knot. Make your knots after you gap the thread for circles. ( Mental visual: If you broke a bead out, the circle is what it would leave.) Make sense?


Don't tighten the knotts so tight and the hoops are made that way ;)


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