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Tutorial: Cork Herringbone Stitch Bracelet

DIY a simply elegant summer bracelet using cork cord, metallic embroidery floss and a herringbone stitch.Today I have a bracelet tutorial that is similar to my Whip Stitched Cork Wrap Bracelet. This one is a single wrap bracelet that uses a slightly more intricate embroidery stitch known as the herringbone stitch.

Again, I used a shiny, metallic embroidery floss to highlight the silver flecks in the cork cord, but you could use regular floss if you prefer.

Many thanks to Endless Leather for providing the cork cord for this tutorial.




My bracelet is going to be 8 inches around so I cut my cork cord 7 1/2 inches long and the clasp adds 1/2 inch to the finished length.

If you have very narrow or very wide wrists you may need to adjust the length of the cork cord. Just make sure the cord is cut to a 1/4 inch increment. You can slide the clasps onto the end of the cord and try on the bracelet before you go any further.

First, you are going to use a pen to draw to rows of marks that are 1/4 inch apart on the back side of the cork cord.
See how the marks make a sort of grid pattern.

Next use an awl or a large, sharp needle to poke through the cork cord at each mark.

I recommend protecting your work surface with a small mat.
It takes a little muscle to poke through the cork. (Oops... you may notice that I bent my needle.)

Be careful not to poke your hand while you are poking holes. Ouch!
Embroidery Stitch Chart: Herringbone Stitch Next, thread a length of embroidery floss (all of the strands) onto a needle.

It's easier to show you the stitch with a diagram than a photo, so here it goes.

The solid lines show what the stitching on the front of your bracelet will look like.

The dotted lines show what the stitching on the back of your bracelet will look like.

Starting at one end of the cork cord, bring your floss up (from back to front) through hole A leaving about a 3 inch tail.

Continue along going down through hole B, up through C, down through D, up through E and so on.
As I said, the front of the bracelet has the herringbone stitch.

The back looks like two dashed lines.

Trim the end of your floss to about a 3 inch length.
When your stitching is complete, apply a bit of G-S- Hypo Cement into each clasp.

When you slide the cork into the clasps, make sure one of the magnets is face up and the other is face down or the magnets will not close properly when you are wearing your bracelet.
Tightly fold the embroidery floss over the end of the cord and slide the cord into the clasp. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet.
Now the hard part.


After the glue is dry and the clasps are completely secured to the cork cord, use a sharp pair of scissors to trim the ends of the floss being careful not to cut through your stitching.

Your bracelet is ready to wear for some casual summer fun!

DIY a simply elegant summer bracelet using cork cord, metallic embroidery floss and a herringbone stitch.

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Fun From Finland 2

It's been a few month's since my friend Henna and I swapped packages. You may remember my first Fun From Finland post.

Henna and I met through Etsy and decided to exchange crafty care packages. It was my first time ever doing a swap, but I liked the idea of having a pen pal, learning a bit about a new culture and getting some goodies.

A lot of my local friends were curious about the first swap, too. They were as eager for me to receive my package from Finland as I was. Needless to say we were not disappointed.

Since then, I've been collecting more goodies to send Henna. We are both interested in crafts and fiber arts. Henna also collects postcards and old pictures. So my second package to her contained two skeins of yarn, a knitting needle case, postcards from our trip to the Dominican Republic, a small loom for making yarn flowers, a tiny pair of kitty shaped scissors, a bag I made from re-purposed plastic shopping bags, a magazine about Tucson and a pair of vintage framed pictures.

I wrapped it all up and sent it on it's way. Then I waited. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for packages to travel between the US and Europe.

While I was waiting, I decided to get my knitting needles out and create a little something with the yarn Henna sent in the first package. I ended up making an infinity scarf. My pictures hardly do it justice (probably because it was 105 degrees outside when my daughter and I were taking pictures and we were anxious to get back into the AC).

And finally, my package from Henna arrived. It contained a bunch of fun fabrics, a Marimekko coin purse, a pair of fridge magnets, a handmade ceramic bird necklace created by a Finnish artist, a handful of cute little patches and some lace trim, some magazines about Joensuu, a craft magazine with the materials to make a mini fabric purse, and a green coin purse that Henna made. (I get to add a little embellishment to Henna's coin purse and send it back to her the next time we do a swap.)

I can hardly even describe how much joy this fun package gave me. I promptly put the magnets on our fridge with the rest of my collection. My husband and I had a great time flipping through the Finnish magazines trying to choose our perfect vacation home ;) And as silly as it may seem, hand-stitching the Mollie Makes fabric purse made me feel like a kid again.

I don't even remember the last time I did a sewing project without the help of my machine. It turned out so cute that I wanted to keep it for myself, but I know someone who needs it more than me. I'll tell you who and share a special project in my next post.

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Spice it Up!

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer. Your family has returned from their summer adventures and school is back in session. Hopefully you made some happy memories. You may have even collected a few trinkets along the way that will remind you of your relaxing strolls on the beach or hikes through the woods and roasting marshmallows around the campfire. So, let's continue on the topic of preserving and displaying memories.

A magnetic spice rack is a simple, stylish way to show off your travel collections. Fill it with shells, rocks, coins... The possibilities are endless.


  • magnetic spice rack
  • cardstock
  • pen
  • scissors
  • tape
  • shells, rocks, coins, or whatever small items you like to collect in your travels


Magnetic spice racks typically come with 4-10 containers that stick magnetically to a metal strip that can be mounted to the wall.

Finding the perfect spice rack is the key to making this project work. You want to make sure that you can see through the lids so your objects aren't hidden. You also want to make sure that the containers are big enough to hold your stuff. Some stores you might try: Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond,  Home Goods, or even Amazon. I think mine came from Bed, Bath and Beyond years ago.

Trace the lid on a piece of cardstock. Be aware that you will be cutting slightly inside of the traced line so it fits inside the container.

Write where you collected your special items and the date on the label. I like to do this towards the top of the label so that you can see the words when the items are in the container hanging on the wall.


Cut out the label (inside the traced line), roll up a piece of tape and put it on the back of the label and stick it inside your container.

Label and fill each container.

It's okay if you can't fill every container right away. That just means you get to go on another adventure to collect more memories.

Close the lids.

Carefully mount the metal strip on the wall and hang each container.

Whenever you want to recall your travels with family, pull off one of the magnetic containers and pour out some smiles.

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Sun Catcher Flowers

My last post was about how to make Crazy Daisies with yarn. I thought I would share another craft you can make with a bloom loom. These fun little flowers are made with wire instead of yarn. They look great in potted plants, inside or out. I even made some for favors at a baby shower.


  •  Bloom Loom (Get this in the yarn section of your local hobby store)
  • 18 gauge galvanized steel wire (You can get a roll of this at the hardware store for less than $10)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • glass gems
  • silicon adhesive


It doesn't matter where you start on the bloom loom. The basic idea is that you wrap the wire around an inner then the corresponding outer peg to make the petals. everything is worked in a counter-clockwise motion.

It's easiest to work from the roll of wire and not cut it until your flower is complete.

You'll want to leave about 7 or 8 inches of wire for the stem. Bend the wire around an inner peg and the corresponding outer peg and back up to the inner peg. Make sure to pull the wire tightly and try to press the wire down onto the loom as much as possible as you work. Yay! You just made one petal.

Bend the wire around the next inner peg to the left, then the outer peg and back to the inner peg. Now you have two petals.

Do it again. Bend the wire around the next inner peg to the left, then the outer peg and back to the inner peg. Great! Three petals.

Continue in this manner until you have made 8 petals. After you have completed the 8th petal bend the wire towards the outer peg and cut it near the outer peg.

Carefully remove your flower from the loom.

Trim the end of the wire (not the stem) so it is about 1/2 - 3/4 inch long.

Using the round-nosed pliers, make a small loop where you just cut the wire.

Gently pull the loop around where the stem and first petal meet. You may need to twist the loop slightly. Tighten the loop so your flower is secure.

This is a great time to straighten out the stem and gently adjust any of the petals if you need to.

Pick two gems that are about the same size and color. Lay one with the rounded surface face down. Set your flower over the gem so it is positioned at the center of the flower.

Use silicon adhesive to stick the flat side of the second gem to the flat side of the first gem so they are secured on either side of your flower.

Whenever the glue is dry, you can plant your sun catcher flowers for a little sparkle.

One variation is to wrap the wire twice around each set of pegs. This looks cool, but it's a little trickier. You will need to leave 3/4 - 1 inch at the end of these flowers to make your final loop.

Another variation is to use silicone adhesive to attach a 3/4 inch magnet on the back of the flower and a gem to the front. Cut the stem to about 4-5 inches and curl it up for a pretty magnetic memo holder.

Don't forget to water the garden!

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Bottle Cap Magnets

Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to collect materials for this super easy project. Bottle cap magnets are perfect for posting a honey-do list or vacation pictures on the fridge. A set of four or six magnets would also make a fun gift.

  • Bottle caps - Make sure to remove them from the bottle carefully so the sides don't get bent much
  • 3/4 inch diameter magnets
  • Hot glue gun

Before you start making your magnets, make sure to wash your bottle caps.

Turn the bottle cap upside down and squirt in some hot glue. Carefully, I repeat, carefully, place the magnet into the hot glue. It's called hot glue for a reason. You don't want to burn your fingers. Let the glue cool completely.

Your kitschy, upcycled magnets are ready to go up on the fridge.

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