It may seem difficult but trust me you'll get the hang of it pretty soon once you get down to doing it!
- 12 yards of micro-fiber faux sude (recommended as it is soft and flexible)
- 4 rubber bands
- an assortment of small,medium and large washers
Pic3: Start by cutting the suede in 4 three-yard pieces. Tie them together in a knot, leaving about 15 inches of slack to serve as ties for the necklace. Use rubberbands to tie the strands to make them more manageable and prevent them from tangling.
Starting at the knot, spread the strands to from a cross. Fold the first vertical strand to the opposite side, creating a loop. Fold the opposing vertical strand to the opposite side, creating another loop. Hold the parallel loops in place with one hand. With the other hand, weave a horizontal strand over the closest loop and under the next loop. Do the exact opposite with the last horizontal strand. Pull the four strands tightly.
Repeat the box braid until you are ready to add washers to the necklace. You may start to braid in the smallest washer after the first 3 inches. Undo one of the bundles. Thread on a washer and let it fall to the base of the box braid. Continue with the box braid weave and tighten, securing the washer. Keep the bundle unwrapped as it will be the only strand to which you'll add washers. To keep the washers on one side of the box braid, add washers to every other weave. Gradually add larger washers for a graduated effect.
Once the necklace is finished, trim the ends. You can eitehr finish the necklace with another knot like the first knot or undo the first knot. The necklace is adjustable in length and can be secured by a knot or a bow.