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Posted by Kate on August 30 at 01:43 pm

Hi All! Kate here. I’m the newbie here at Lima Beads and this is my first blog post. (You can read more about me and where I come from on my bio page). Today I wanted to introduce the inspiration behind this week’s Tip & Technique: the Simple Knotted Leather Cord Bracelet.

I just recently created and posted my first Fresh Pick and was really struck by the Lima Community and their encouraging words regarding my pick. (Thank you!) The truth is, I haven’t done much beading lately– not since high school when my hippy friends and I spent Friday nights in someone’s parents’ basement making hemp necklaces and listening to Phish or Dave Matthews or Smashing Pumpkins (OK, I know that last one wasn’t very hippy-esque, but we liked Billy Corgan’s voice). What are your earliest memories of pursuing “the craft”?

Watch "The Simple Knotted Leather Cord Bracelet"So, after working here at Lima for a few weeks, I’ll be honest, I’ve been blown away by the creativity flowing through your fingers in the Design Gallery and Fresh Picks! I asked Ali what would be the next step for me, acknowledging my limited experience in hemp all those years ago, and she suggested a leather cord bracelet. It’s simple enough for me to do :-) AND Ali’s years of experience point out some great tips for anyone who’s using the knotted technique or working with leather cord in some other way.

We made this video after our chat about the technique. Check it out! And I’d love to hear about your earliest memories of jewelry making!


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  1. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and how cool is that you get to work for this Fantastic company! I’ve had a few creative dream jobs…But working for Lima would be another one! Congratulations!!

  2. stufferb
    stufferb says:

    I am jealous. To be surrounded by beads for a living is a dream job welcome to the Lima bead team. I do have a suggestion. I would love to see a bead exchange. Have people sign up by a set deadline. Set a cap for the dollar amount (25.00?) all the people that signed up and paid their $25.00 is then sent a bead kit. The people in the group could put in suggestions of what they would like then Lima beads sends it out and see the creativity then

  3. CAS
    CAS says:

    Welcome to the LB community Kate! Oooohhhhh how I envy you … talk about the ultimate “dream job” for a beader. Good luck and again welcome.

  4. Kate
    Kate says:

    Thanks for the warm welcome! Talk about ‘dream job’…you’d get a kick out of this: the two windows out of my little office space here at Lima look directly into the warehouse… millions of beads..separated by a thin little layer of glass! Ahh! ;-)

  5. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Welcome to LB…and thanks for the help you have already given me in the short time you have been here.

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    James F says:

    I am guessing 3470 beads

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