What with my 'Hair Wrap how to' post cropping up weekly in my searched for traffic and my recent Hobby Craft purchase including new embroidery threads, I thought it would be fun to put together a little tutorial of sorts for making good old fashioned friendship bracelets - no loom bands or scoobies here haha!
There are many different patterns and styles that you can achieve but I settled on a simple zig zag! This will be far from perfect (evident from the photos) and to be honest I am in the mind that imperfection is better in this case anyway. Homemade, handmade is always perfect because of the love, time and effort that has been put into something especially for someone else.
I'll try to keep it simple, in steps. Here we go -
1. I like to start with plenty of thread as it is easy to cut off excess upon finishing but not add more if you run out before it is of a suitable length. Therefore I suggest a fathom (fingertip to fingertip, arms out stretched) per strand of thread.
The more strands you use the wider the bracelet will be, though rather more fiddly! As a minimum I suggest 5 strands. I used 11 so that will give you an idea on thickness.
2. Next gather all your strands together and fold them in half. Slip a pen into the 'closed' end and tie a tight knot, creating a loop.
3. Use an area where you can spread out, pinning the looped end down on a cork board and weighing it down with something heavy on a desk are proved methods of securing it so you can work easily, though so I could sit and watch Downton Abbey I just clamped the pen between my knees and separated all of the strands.
4. Starting from the left hand side, take the first thread and loop it over the top of the next again thread, bringing it back up and out of the loop and pulling taught.
5. Repeat the last step with the same piece of thread right across all of the other threads.
6. When you reach the last thread, place it in line with the other threads and grab the one of the furthest left yet again. Do the exact same with this and each other thread until you reach the last one in the queue.
7. At this stage flip the project upside down. This will mean that the original left becomes the right and vice versa. Then continue as before with steps 4-7 until it reaches the desired length. As you can see I used a bobby pin to keep the edge flat as the length increased.
8. To finish off tie a knot, plait the left over thread, knot again and trim. Ta-da!
There we are! After a considerable amount of time, a bunch of patience and a few episodes of something you can't stop watching you're left with a charming, if not slightly squwiff friendship bracelet!
I hope this was easy enough to follow..it all makes sense in my head anyways haha! As always let me know if you try it out or if you'd like another of the same posts about a different pattern perhaps :)