I remember making friendship bracelets (aka. Brazilian Friendship bracelets) with my friends when we were 12 years old and selling them at school (illegitimately) before we were caught, reprimanded and consequently banned from selling them.
I had not even had the thought of making them again since grade 6 until now. I always knew these bracelets weren’t too hard to make, so I came up with the idea of making them again and reviving the friendship bracelet culture. Although these bracelets are pretty ubiquitous globally wherever you’d come across a beach-side store or the flee market, my challenge is to give it a modern touch, (or should i say ‘glamorous’ touch).
Friendship bracelets are basically made by doing a whole lot of knots using DMC embroidery threads. I used DMC Perle Cotton No5. There are only 2 types of knots you need to know so it’s hard to get it wrong (This link will take you to Youtube and teach you how to make them). Although you need to practice the basic knots first, as you would with any kind of skill, once you get the ball rolling you can easily tackle the basic diagonal and chevron styles, and then after that the world is your oyster!!
The design I came up with is the diamond design. My ‘modern-glam’ touch is the addition of Swarovski beads. I would have to sew them on with a needle so it takes a bit of time but when you see the finished product, it’s definitely better with the beads than it is without.
One of my simple pleasures in life is colour-coordinating ANYTHING. I know, it sounds so trivial, but seriously, whilst making these bracelets it allowed me to tap into that happy place in my brain where I was really groovin’ with my creative soul.
Here are some colour options for the beads:
Here are some more shots of the creative process:
This project and much much more to be continued….