It was my best friend’s birthday this week and I had wanted to send her something I made. Unfortunately it took me a lot longer than I had anticipated to make all the bracelets I had wanted to, so I ended up popping them in the mail a little after her birthday.
It’s been 20 or so years since I last made a friendship bracelet, and I remember back in the day only being able to make the kind with the diagonal stripes. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to make the chevron, crossover, diamond-patterns, or Chinese staircase bracelets. The bracelets I made back in the late 80’s were pretty horrible; too loose or too tight, bad colors, wayyy too short… Now in 2011 there are tutorials all over the place and following one closely I finally was able to make a double diamond-patterned bracelet (the navy one above).
I was thrilled.
I also sewed in rhinestones and beads into my bracelets, and did wrap bracelets with bright embroidery floss and ball-chain and rhinestone chain, similar to what Honestly, WTF had posted on their blog a little while ago.
I figured that, no matter how old we get, sometimes something as both cheesy and iconic as the friendship bracelet can bring a little pop of color to an outfit – and a smile to one’s face.
Happy Birthday, J!!!
I hope she likes them.
I think friendship bracelets are so cute! Those are some beautiful friendship bracelets – love them!
Such a great job Carly!! I hope your friend loves them!!
What a nice present!
love, love, love! you did a great job!! xo
Very cute! A more sophisticated version of the classic camp bracelets 🙂
Yay! I love friendship bracelets. When I was a kid I knew how to make 3 kinds, and I must have made a few hundred of them. Yay for the internet. I will have to learn some new ones now. I like the idea of putting the rhinestones in the bracelet.
I confess I’ve been thinking about trying a friendship bracelet, even though I suspect I might be a little late to the game. I am probably aiming too high, however, in my ambition. I got it into my head I want to make a wide band in an argyle pattern. I’ll have to see if I can dig up some instructions to give me a guideline, however.
may I use your frienship bracelets photograph in a design?
Could you elaborate? Do you want to use the photograph I took in some collage or mixed materials art piece?