29 April 2012

Friendship bracelet/anklet Tutorial

Whoa...Blogger has changed on me. This may take some getting used to.

Every summer, I make these "friendship" bracelets and anklets for my Mom and I. 

They usually last all summer and when we take them off, we either save them or throw them out, depending on how they look. I had someone ask how I make the chevron design, so instead of trying to describe it, I thought I'd just make a post with pictures! So, yay tutorial. :P 

Embroidery thread or craft floss
   -About 3 feet each of 4 colors* {or you can double up on colors or have 8 different colors}
Safety pin or tape
*For beginners, it would be easiest with only four colors, but if you prefer having several, you can make the bracelet wider with as many strands as you want. As long as it is an even number. :) 

Step one
 Tie the strands together in the middle with a small loop at the top or a longer loop if you don't want the design to go all the way around the wrist or ankle. Pin the loop to your pants or sturdy surface or tape it to a table. Separate the strands so that they mirror one another.
 Step two:
  Cross A1 over B1 and pull it around and under to form a right knot. Pull tight {towards the right} all the way to the knot. Do this step twice EVERY TIME! Repeat this step onto C1 and D1. {Be sure to knot twice on each strand!}
Step three:
 Starting on the right side, cross A2 onto B2, around and under, to form a left knot. Pull tightly {towards the left} all the way to the top. Be sure to knot twice. Repeat onto C2 and D2.
 Step four:
 A1 and A2 should meet in the middle. Cross them like you are tying your shoes to form a knot. Do this twice to form a "V". 
 Step five:
 Start with B1 onto C1 and repeat the same steps until the bracelet is long enough to wrap around your wrist or ankle, comfortably. Tie a knot in the end to keep the strands from coming apart. You can then braid the ends so the bracelet can easily be removed, or you can tie it on and cut the strings off to make it permanent. 
And that's all! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! :)

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