Most of us remember lying in a field of clover as a child, stringing together a chain to be worn as a necklace, bracelet, headband or belt. Clovers represent good luck and can be worn as accessories to accent a natural look. Learn how to make a clover chain using one of three simple methods.
Braid chain. Begin with three clover stems. Begin braiding from the end with no flower and work your way toward the flower. When the braid gets near the flower, tie a new stem onto each stem of the braid. Continue braiding to the end of these three stems. Tie a stem onto each braided stem and repeat the process until your chain is as long as you want it. This creates a braided chain with pretty blossoms throughout.
Slit chain. Begin with one clover stem. Make a slit near the flower by inserting your thumbnail into the stem. Hold the stem with the tips of your fingers (thumb and forefinger) and gently squeeze the stem lengthwise to open the slit. Thread the stem of another flower through the open slit. Using the same method, make a slit in the new stem and thread another stem through it. Repeat the process until chain reaches the desires length. Weave the ends together to complete the chain.
Knot chain. Hold one flower in your hand and tie the stem of another flower around the stem of the flower you are holding. Slide the knot to the base of the flower, then tighten. Then tie a knot around the stem of the flower that you tied the knot in, sliding the knot to the base of the flower on that stem and tightening. Repeat the process until the chain is the desired length. To close the chain, tie the stem of the first flower to the stem of the last flower.
Clover ring. To make a clover ring, tie the end of a stem onto itself and tighten at the base of the flower to create a circle.
Clover chains can be used to create many wonderful accessories including belts, chokers, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, and crowns. For chokers and bracelets, have a friend tie the ends together. Clover knot chains can be made as long as you want and can be used as decorations.