Braided Goat Suede and Leather Cord

This bracelet features one of the really great colours of goat suede now available at John Bead.  This is the light brown.

I was inspired to make it when I came across a simple tutorial on a blog called //between the lines//. I did my braiding on a handy cute clipboard.

The tutorial on the blog I linked to is for crafters only and not meant for commercial use.   I thought it was great that they were helping people to learn how to work with leather in such a great way.

The basic wrap around braid is showcased in hundreds of samples.  My braid shows off the black leather cord I chose to work with.

I also finished my bracelet with some gorgeous components as opposed to simple knots.  The patterned pewter end caps by JBB, were ideal to finish my ends before adding the hook and loop clasp.

Braiding leather is relaxing!  With or without components and tools!

Goat Suede and Dazzle-It Aluminum Wire

The  goat suede at John Bead has me thinking of ways to incorporate this soft stringing material into my designs.

These two goat suede colours were perfect to highlight the glass bead in this aluminum wire pendant designed by Nancy Donaldson.

I cut a point on my leather pieces so they would be easy to thread through the little hole on each side of the pendant.

The patterned pewter end caps by JBB, were ideal to finish my ends before adding the hook and loop clasp.  I love these hooks.  I chose not to add the matching clasp so I could show off a little more of the suede.

I can’t believe how quick this bracelet came together!

Goat Suede Sampler

These suede dangles are the prefect way to start experimenting with a new selection of stringing material from John Bead

The goat suede I received was sitting unrolled on my work table.  I could not decide which colour to work with first. So, I decided to use them all!  The new kumihimo end caps are the perfect component to make something special and quick!

I filled the end cap with E6000 (about 1/4 full) and then pushed my goat leather strips into place.

All I did was let this dry overnight and they are ready to wear!  A simple earring back completed the project.

Goat Suede Earring

I have decided that I really do need a mannequin head in my studio so that I can photograph earrings.

This post was difficult to photograph because the earring are very long.  I need a model.

The earrings were inspired by this photograph Lilla at John Bead emailed me.

When John Bead told me that I would be working with Goat Suede I didn’t know what to expect.  Goat suede is very well known in the book binding world as the best leather to work with.  I had no idea it was so soft. And lightweight too!

Using a Dazzle-It Twisted needle I was able to pass the suede right through crimp ends.

The new crimp ends at John Bead are so decorative that I like to use them in my designs where they will be seen.

Choker/ribbon ends are the perfect way to attach these strips of suede. Three strands of goat suede cord fit perfectly.

All I had to do was decide what to add to each dangle.  I chose some crystal rhinestone beads, feathers and some necklace components.  I wonder who will wear these first?

Goat Suede – Introduction

What is goat suede  ? It refers to the type of animal skin used, which is goat. Genuine Goat Suede is of the highest quality suede. It’s incredibly supple and soft with a luxurious ease to it. Suede refers to a specific treatment used to achieve a soft nap on the leather. Whereas full-grain leather is made from the outer side of the animal skin , suede leather uses the inner side. The inner side is more supple to but is further softened and made flexibly by buffing its surface to create the slightly fuzzy texture of suede. Some skins may also be split, the inner side of the leather from the outer side, leaving very flexible and soft suede.

Goat Suede can be found used in jackets, garments, shoes, gloves, bags and accessories. With a huge trend in natural , exotic looking jewelry , suede is also being incorporated into jewlery designs.


John Bead carries Goat Suede Cord available in two widths – 3.5mm & 5mm. It is a flat cord ideal for creating belt accessories , bracelets, necklaces, earrings , keychain accessories , headbands and more !

Follow this weeks blog for inspirational designs using goat suede !

TIP ** Because suede is a porous fiber it requires a specific type of care. Here are some tips- Do not wash or put into water. To rub of stains use an art gum erase. To remove oily stains use cornstarch.

Shamballa Bracelets

It seems as though everyone is sporting a knotted bracelet these days.  The “shamballa bracelet” is the reference I have been seeing in fashion articles.  I found in my research that shamballa can be spelled differently and for some people has a symbolic or religious meaning.  For others, the bracelet is a series of Chinese or macrame knots with no symbolism.

Google the word shamballa.  You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.  Sample after sample!

So, by looking at online imagery I decided to see if I could make a bracelet too!

All you need is some cord/string and some interesting beads.  AND…you need to know how to do a square knot.  I just learned how to make that knot yesterday!

My first bracelet features a longer series of knots and three rhinestone beads.

These RHINESTONE BEADs are available in many different sizes and colours.


I happened to have LEATHER GENUINE CORD in my stash so I opted to use this as my stringing material.

Since I only used three beads in my first bracelet I decided to make a second bracelet with the remaining seven beads.  I REALLY love how this looks!  Shamballa is a trend right now…why not make or teach someone to make a bracelet soon!

Take a peak at all the rhinestone components in the John Bead catalog.

Here is a link to a online video showing a square knot: