Growing up, I spent a lot of time making all sorts of jewelry for friends, family and myself. I'd buy cheap toothbrushes, throw them in boiling hot water and bend them into bracelets. And if you were born and raised in the latter part of the past century (like me), you definitely remember making gimp bracelets.
Now that I've grown up and have to look like a halfway normal human, toothbrushes and plastic gimp bracelets are out. But friendship bracelets are back on trend in a big way. Dust off your old embroidery thread and hemp and get ready to make some neat new jewelry for you and your friends.
Standard Chevron Bracelet
2 different colors of embroidery thread, at least 96 inches of each color
A clipboard or a piece of duct tape to keep the bracelet still while you're working on it
1. Cut four different 24” strings of your first color, repeat with the second color.
2. Tie them all together at one end making sure the thread colors are alternating. Leave a couple inches of extra thread up top so that you can tie the bracelet together when you're done.
3. Separate the eight threads into two groups of four. Be sure the colors are alternating in the same pattern.
3. Take the first thread on the right side and lie it over the top of the second thread.
5. Take the first thread under the second thread and bring it through the loop you've created. Repeat this step twice. If you'd like thicker stripes, create more knots.
6. Move on to the third thread. Loop the first thread over the third thread in the same way you looped it over the second thread. Repeat the step again with the fourth thread.
7. Stop once the outside thread reaches the middle (after you've looped it around the fourth thread).
8. Repeat the process with the outside thread on the right side. Loop the thread in the other direction, as pictured above. All other steps will be the same. You will reach the middle when the outside thread has been tied around the fourth string twice.
9. When both outside threads reach the middle, loop the right thread over the left thread and make the same knot that you did with the right side threads. Repeat this twice.
10. Start over again with the left side strings. Repeat steps over and over again until you have a bracelet at the length you like.
This tutorial will help you get down the basics, though keep in mind these instructions are for a bracelet with many different colors:
Basic Hemp Bracelet
I attempted to make oh-so-cute hex nut bracelet but was thwarted when they didn't have the right kind of nuts or thread at the store. I instead ended up making a pretty standard hemp bracelet. These are great gifts for guys and hold up through just about anything.
1. Buy some basic hemp thread. It's available at most craft stores.
2. Cut four pieces of thread. Each piece should be a yard long. Tie them all together at the top.
3. Affix the threads to a clip board or table top with some duct tape.
4. Tape down the middle two pieces of thread
5. Begin making a basic square knot with the piece you left out. Make a loop with one side of the thread and bring the other side through that loop and tie. This video may make it a little more clear:
5. Feel free to string on beads or nuts, whatever you want to put on your bracelet. I used nuts, though they ultimately ended up looking kind of weird. Simply thread them onto the loop before you tie it.
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