Description: The Bugle Braid
is a historical knot often used to make straps
for musical instruments.
It's also been used in the military, so it's
sometimes called the Military Bugle
Cord or Bugler's Strap.
I've seen this design in a vintage Macrame book
written in the late 1800s, so it's been around
for a long time.
Like the Chain
Sennit, you use one end to form
bights that slide into one another. But in this
decorative knot, you pass through two
loops instead of one. This makes the
sennit stronger and more closely woven than the
regular Chain Sennit.
I recommend you practice this technique with
Paracord or Satin first, since they are both
somewhat slippery, making the process easier.
This technique was found on the Fusion
Knots website. Designs
by JD Lenzen.
Click on the link or image to visit the
site. Be sure to see the video
gallery, where you will find
tutorials for this and other interesting
knotting techniques and designs.
You need one cord at least 45 inches
long to practice the Bugle Braid.
Step 1: Fold the cord
approximately 12 inches from one end
(1). Wrap the short end around the long
end, rotating under
- over (2).
Step 2: Wrap the short
end around a second time, closer to the
folded area (3).
Mentally label the three loops as
Step 3: Pass the short
end through loops 3 and 2,
knot over. Make sure the
short end is at the top, with the long end
at the bottom.
You need to clearly see all three loops,
so make sure nothing is twisted.
Step 4: Form a bight
with the long
end, and pass it under loop 3.
Next, pass it through loop 1.
Pull on the bight as
well as the short end,
to tighten loops 1 - 3.
Step 5: Make sure the
long end is at the bottom.
Fold the long end to form a new bight,
and pass it under loop 1.
Bring it through the bight you made in
Design Tip: The key to making
the Bugle Braid successfully is to do the
Keep the long end at the bottom, making sure
it's not twisted.
Pass each new bight through the two
previously made. One will be tightened and the
Pull firmly on the new
bight when it's in position, which
will tighten the others.
Keep the sennit on a surface until you feel
comfortable, then you can pick it up as you
6: When the braiding is the
size you want, pass the end
through the two loops, rather than another
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