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What to do when you break your thread on a wrap bracelet

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So I love making wrap bracelets and the last few times I have broken my seemingly non-breakable nylon thread...much to my astonishment!(Apparently I don't know my own strength! ;) ) Anyhoo, I thought it might be helpful to share what I do when my thread breaks! If anything is unclear feel free to ask questions! Heres to Happy Wrap Making! :)


nylon thread, needle, glue to dab on knots

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Once your thread is broken, you might only have about an inch to work I generally backtrack and remove several beads.
Step 2:
Remove enough beads until you have a comfortable length to work with because you will be tying some knots!
Step 3:
For the first step, you are going to take the top-most string!
Step 4:
Then you are going to put the topmost string around and up through the back where the needle point is placed. This view is from the front so if you need to flip the bracelet to place the thread through that is completely fine...I had to do so.
Step 5:
Once your thread is placed up through the back, it should look similar to this picture.
Step 6:
Next take the bottom string.
Step 7:
You are going to take the bottom string and slide it under your leather and bring it just under the bead you are working on as seen in this picture.
Step 8:
Now you are going to tie a knot with the two strings but do this ONLY once on top! I have noticed that if you tie more than one on top it is visible!
Step 9:
Now put the topmost string back down through the hole as indicated here and flip your bracelt over. Now get ready to tie some more knots! Woohoo!
Step 10:
Now take both of the strings and tie several knots...I usually tie 3 to 4!
Step 11:
Once you have tied your knots make sure that everything looks okay.
Step 12:
Then trim off the excess thread as close as you can to the knots that you just made! You can also put a little dab of glue on the knots just in case...but I don't always. Now flip your bracelet back over!
Step 13:
Now, re-thread your needle with a brand new piece of thread and tie a knot near the end. The reason I use a completely new piece of thread is because generally if it has weakened enough to break once it is probably weak in other spots and might potentially break again! Also make sure the knot that you tie at the end of your thread is big enough in relation to your bead so that it will not pull all the way through your bead.
Step 14:
Trim off the excess and dab a little bit of glue on the end of your knot.
Step 15:
Now, working from the front raise the bracelet up just enough so that you can see the bottom right side of the bead.
Step 16:
Insert your needle as shown.
Step 17:
Now pull your needle through until you get to the end of your knot!
Step 18:
Here is how your knot should look after you pull it to the end! Your knot should be at the back of the bracelet so it isn't shown.
Step 19:
From the front the knots are invisible!
Step 20:
Now you can continue to add your beads again and finish your bracelet!

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  1. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    What a great tip..thanks for sharing!

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    VJ H says:

    What I have also tried (doesn’t work with all beads): knot your new thread to the old a few mm from the last bead. String on your new bead and pull the knot in. No one knows…

  3. A Robertson
    A Robertson says:

    Thanks so much! You saved me… I was to the end of a five wrap bracelet and ran out of thread- this worked great to reach the length that I wanted. :-)

  4. ladyviolin
    ladyviolin says:

    Thank you for the tip. The thread always seems to break when you are just about a few rows from the end …

  5. Texas Gal
    Texas Gal says:

    Great info for the future. Thank!

  6. Mccannjudy50
    Mccannjudy50 says:

    Thanks for this. Now I know I’ve been handling those break correctly. Next problem, what to do when your tread breaks after your done with the project. Do I need to start over?

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