Thursday, March 27, 2014

Joel's IGKT Lanyard

The IGKT Lanyard made by Joel Hooks - Pepperell Braiding Co.
The International Guild of Knot Tyers' Lanyard

They call it “A Simple Lanyard” and was illustrated Eric Franklyn. The design looked interesting as an introduction to more elaborate projects. I used black 550. I had some difficulty following the directions for the first knot so I used a Lanyard Knot instead.  The directions for Ocean Plait were easy to follow with nice results. I used 95 cord to seize the Carrick Bend for a finish.

This was a fun project of medium difficulty.

Project by Joel.

Monday, March 24, 2014

We're Glowing!

Glow In the Dark from Pepperell Braiding Company -

We're soon to be stocking the ever-popular Glow-In-The-Dark Parachute Cord. It will be available on in 550 weight thickness next month. It's available now!*

We want to hear from you - what colors do you want to see? Glow or no-glow. ;-)

*Edited March 25th, 2014.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Noodling In the ROUND

DIY - making Noodle Roonie Wreaths with Pepperell Crafts

It's SPRING! It's finally Spring! 

Here at PBC, we're looking for fresh and fun projects to amplify our rejoice for the return of this season. We're focused on Easter and we're making wreaths.

The easiest method to wreath-making is to use the 6.5 foot jumbo chenille stems. They can be mounted onto a cardboard or metal ring, or simply formed to make the circular shape. Super easy: Wave your Noodle!

Wave your Noodle (illustration) - by Pepperell Crafts
Bend the Noodle stem to make a wreath shape.

Using additional Brain Noodles to form the bunny and flowers, here we've added poms and standard chenille stems to decorate the basic wreath into a more Spring-related design.

Easter Bunny Wreath by Tiffany Diaz of Pepperell Braiding Company
Easter Bunny Wreath using Noodle Roonie and Poms.

We'll keep decorating :-) Welcome back Spring!

Noodle Sale in on Rexlace

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Comment Sale Reminder

Same great products - same web address - NEW Look!

Just a little reminder that our comment sale is still going on in the Macrame Super Store. We recently move our website to a new service provider and updated the look. To celebrate we're offering all our customer the opportunity to help us make Macrame Super Store the best it can be. We're offering an additional 10% discount on all Macrame Super Store customers who help us out. This offer expires March 31st, but the coupon will be good toward one order placed by July 31st.

Call or email us with your comment to receive the promotion code.
P.s. This code can be combined with other volume discount offers on the Macrame Super Store website!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Prepare for Spring - New Parachute Cord Colors

5 new 550 Parachute Cord colors available now!
New 550 Parachute Cord colors
Due to popular demand for more colors, we've added some new 550 Parachute Cord staples to our line of 16 foot and 100 foot cords.

Are there more colors you'd like to see? Please let us know if you think we could add to our line. Comment below or write to us on Parachute Cord Craft.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rubber Bands All Grown Up

EZ Looper Double Band Silver & Gold Bracelet
Made by Mary Slivinski
Silver and Gold go together like the sun and moon or salt and pepper…naturally without thought.

So when I combined Silver and gold rubber bands and made it into a bracelet and wore it to a dinner party, I didn't expect comments like, “that looks like something I would wear,” or “are you kidding me?! That’s made out of rubber bands?!” 

For me Classy never goes out of style. Take Ali McGraw from Love Story: classy plaid skirt with a navy blue pea coat, or the pearls on the neck of Julia Child. Class, that’s what I say without thought. So I took metallic gold and silver rubber bands and my EZ Looper Rubber Band Tool and started making bracelets. What I ended up with was an elegant, stylish, and classy bracelet that isn't just for kids anymore. 

What you will need to make a classy bracelet:
  • 1 Ez Looper tool with hook
  • Silver colored rubber bands
  • Gold colored rubber bands
  • 2 Clear plastic bracelet clips

Step 1:
To start this bracelet mark your first peg above the logo on the tool with nail polish to indicate the start point, this is Peg A. You will be working clockwise; the pegs will be B, C, D, E, and F  (you don’t have to mark the other pegs). Bring the first silver band from peg B over to Peg F by twisting in the middle. Do the second band in the same manner from Peg C over to Peg E.
Step 2:
Repeat the process above with another silver band on the same pegs without twisting. 
Step 3:
Now take a gold band and bring around all 4 pegs as shown. Using the special hook that comes with the EZ Looper, take the bottom silver band over two and lift off of peg.
Step 4:
Work clockwise and repeat Step 3 on all the pegs, returning to Peg A. The pattern is simple; add a band lift bottom over two. Make 8 rows of silver then add a gold band (not around all pegs just on the pegs A- F and C-E). 

Finish by adding a gold band around all four pegs and lifting bottom over two. Work down to a single layer then lift band off of Peg B over to Peg C lift bottom over top band. Then do the same on the other side bring band from F over to E.  Lift these two bands onto a clip.  Use the hook to finish the other side by simply slipping and pulling a band through one another until you end up with two. Slip these onto the second clip.  

Voila! An elegant and classy rubber band bracelet which will never go out of style.

More projects like this featured in Rubber Band Jewelry

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hello, Hello! Macrame!

Hello! Macrame - New macrame home decor book
by Pepperell Braiding Company's Samantha Grenier
Hello there, Hello! Macrame. It's been a long time since a new macrame book landed onto the scene. It has been a pleasure working with Fox Chapel Publishing and Design Originals to release a new refreshing look the macrame crafts.

Originally scheduled for a late summer release, there was a strong demand for the book now, so we are please to announce Hello! Macrame is in stock and available for all enjoy in the Macrame Super Store today. First-time readers we would love to know what you think. You may comment below, or contact Samantha on Twitter (follow @macramestore).

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Calling All Creatives

Apply for potential artist spotlight.
Welcome-welcome to the new Pepperell Braiding Company Blog!

We the people of Pepperell Braiding Company (a.k.a. Pepperell Crafts or PBC for short) are textile manufactures specializing in artist and craft supplies.We are crafty innovative people with a thirst to share our imaginations with you. We are starting this blog in hopes that we can add more sparkle to the creative community and to assist current users of our products with innovative solutions to everyday applications.

Over the years, we've gotten emails from artists showcasing how our materials are used... and usually not for their original application intentions! Coming soon we will be highlighting artists using our products in an Artist Spotlight segment. We are opening applications for future Artist Spotlight slots which should be launching as soon as May/June 2014. Those interested can find the link to the application here or access the application by clicking the Call to Artists banner in the right column. Featured artists be rewarded with a post about their work (either interview or blurb) and a free 3-month column advertisement linking to their website, blog, or Facebook page.

So come back soon! We've got oodles of crafty goodness ready to share.

In the meantime, please fee free to say "Hi!", Like, or Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Introducing the EZ Looper

Introducing the EZ Looper

In case you haven't seen it in stores, please say "Hello!" to our new EZ Looper rubber band bracelet maker. This cute little rubber band bracelet loom is super easy to use. Compact and portable, you can nest it with your rubber bands and make bracelets wherever you go. (Please not in school! We don't need Nation-wide bans!)

We made an intro video on using the new loom, and we've posted a couple projects online too:

If you've made a project on the EZ Looper and loaded the video to YouTube or Vimeo, we would love to see it. Maybe we'll share the clips here (*wink*). Feel free to comment with a link to your video, or write us on the Rexlace Club website.