These talismans are easy to make and can bring good fortune whenever you wear them!
Hamsa Hand Bracelet
Protect yourself from negative energy with this gorgeous trinket
• Cotton DK yarn • Evil eye and Hamsa charms, double looped • PVA glue • Sewing pins
1 Cut two 50cm lengths of yarn and fold in half. Thread the loop of the fold through one side of a double-ended charm, pass the loose ends through this and tighten to make a larkshead knot. Repeat for the loop on the other side of the charm.
2 Pin the charm to a soft board, the arm of your sofa or even the knee of your jeans so that it can be held still while you work. Secure the yarn lengths below it. Cut a 1m length of a contrasting colour yarn and pass behind the other piece. Lay the left-hand thread over the pinned lengths, lay the right-hand thread over the left, pass behind the lengths and up through the loop on the left side.
3 Pull the threads tight to create the first half of a flat knot around the lengths and slide up to the base of the larkshead.
4 Make the second half of the flatknot by laying the right-hand thread over the length and passing the left-hand thread over the right, under the lengths and through the loop on the right. Pull tight so it sits below the first half, creating a sideways ‘V’ shape. Continue knotting the threads around the lengths to a measurement of around 6.5cm.
5 Finish the end of the knotting by tying a very tight reef knot underneath the lengths and securing with PVA. Let the glue dry before clipping the excess knotting threads, and keep the lengths of yarn intact.
6 Unpin the charm, turn around and repin to knot and secure the other side in the same way. Neaten the lengths of yarn by plaiting together, using the centre pair as a single thread. Plait to a length of 6cm and secure the ends with an overhand knot, trimming the ends below it.
7 Make an adjustable closure by laying the bracelet in a ring, so the plaited ends cross over each other. Cut a length of yarn and tie a series of six taut flatknots around the two plaits. Secure with a reef knot and glue before trimming the ends. The two plaits should slide through the closure independently, but stop at the overhand knot. This will loosen the bracelet, so it can be taken on and off and then it can be tightened.
Evil Eye Beaded Bracelet
Peace and serenity will follow you wherever you go with this make
• Beading elastic •Round glass beads • Evil eye and Hamsa charms, single looped •PVA glue
1 Cut a 30cm length of unstretched elastic. Fold in half and pass the loop through the charm. Pass the ends through the loop and tighten to make a larkshead knot.
2 Thread an equal number of beads onto each end of elastic to a length of around 9cm. Check the fit of the beads around your wrist and adjust if necessary before tying the ends of the elastic into a reef knot.
3 Pull the reef knot really tightly without pulling too much on the elastic. Apply glue to the knot and tie another reef knot over the first. Let the glue dry and trim the ends of the elastic.