Wednesday, August 17, 2011

.diy: friendship bracelets.

What I'm referring too are these little beauties, right here!
Bringing back some memories of your playground days? 
I sure hope so, because I can remember sitting in our little circle at 'recess' whipping up these friendship bracelets like a seasoned champ and sharing them amongst my besties. 
And that's exactly what I did below. Made a bunch of these old-school bracelets, threw them into a vulgar card, and put them in the mail box.
I adore them, and will be wearing mine throughout the summer, stacking a couple together {like below} to really get their full effect.
The classic Chevron pattern is pretty awesome too.
I can't wait to hear what my friends reactions are!
You'll need:
  • Embroidery Thread, multiple colors
  • Tape {or a safety pin}
  • Scissors
  • Clasp of some sort {optional}
Bracelet directions via Honestly WTF
Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread {about 24 inches each}. Make sure there are two sets of each color. Combine the threads and tie a knot, leaving some room of slack {you need enough to tape or pin the ends down}. Tape this excess slack to a flat surface. Separate the two sets, arranging the strands in a mirror-image pattern with the outside strands the same, and so on moving inwards.
Starting on the left side with the outermost color {shown in pictures in red} and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening.
Pull up and to the right to tighten. Make the same knot twice over each color. Continue knotting over each color, towards the right, until the outermost color has carried over to the middle. This is one half of the chevron pattern.
Now pick up the outermost color on the right side {shown here in red} and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the left to tighten. Don't forget to knot twice over each color!
Continue knotting towards the left until the outermost strand reached the middle. Tie a backwards knot with the two middle strands to connect the two halves. Did you remember to knot twice? The first chevron row is complete! Continue with the next color, which is now the outermost strand.....
Remembering the color order is important for the first few rows but after the 3rd or 4th row, the strands will fall nicely into place. Finish it with a knot and a braid.
For a striped bracelet, cut one set of colors and simply carry the outermost color all the way through to the right side. For an asymmetrical chevron, mix the colors when dividing them into 2 sets. Be sure to count the number of strands so you know when to stop in the middle each time. For an embellished bracelet, take a small piece of rhinestone chain, glue it to the top of the bracelet and stitch embroidery thread between each  rhinestone with an embroidery needle.
Totally Cute Right??

5 comments:

  1. Love love love

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  2. me gustaría q la explicación fuera en español. me gustaría hacer las pulseras sobre todo las números 8 y 11. gracias

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