Wikipedia describes friendship bracelets as special bracelets given from one friend to another as a symbol of friendship. These kinds of bracelets are definitely known more by the name friendship bracelet, but it doesn't have to just be a symbol of friendship.
One of my friends recently shared a tradition with us about creating these bracelets before heading off to a journey. Thus allowing it to represent the memories of that journey. Along the same lines, the bracelet can represent a memorial or a remembrance of a passed away friend or loved one. It can be worn to represent your loyalty to a school or favorite team, or maybe to represent you by showing off your favorite colors.
Which ever reason you choose to make or wear one, this bracelet is quick and easy to make and looks good.
Here's how I made them.
- DMC thread (two colors of your choice)
- Some way to hold it in place. ( I used binder clips and a candle jar)
1. Cut one of each color of DMC thread to the length of about 1.5 yards each and fold in half and place both threads together.
2. Holding both threads together make a knot about an inch away from the fold.
3. Loop thru a binder clip and clip somewhere, or find some other way to secure it to a place where you can begin making the bracelet.
4. Separate the two colors. It's important that throughout the process keep the colors on their correct sides. In this case, yellow on the left, and black on the right. If you don't, you get weird twists and irregularities in the bracelet.
5. Keeping the right thread (black) straight, make a knot (sorta like an upside down figure 4) using the left thread. Tighten knot to the top of bracelet.
6. Do the same as step 5 with the left thread (yellow) straight, and making a knot with the right thread. Tighten again.
7. Continue to do step 5 and 6 til the bracelet is as long as you want it to be.
8. When you've reached the desired length, remove the bracelet from however you held it in place. Don't cut the excess thread til you're ready to tie it on your wrist or someone else's wrist.
9. Tie it on someone's wrist. I find it works best to thread one of the sides of the bracelet (yellow or black threads) thru the top loop (the loop that was at the top of the bracelet), then tie knots. 3 knots work well. Then I make knots on each side (on the yellow threads, then on the black threads). Afterwards, I cut the threads just after the last knots.
Ta Da! The colors I chose, yellow and black are for the Steelers, my bro's favorite team.