Tasha Cornall takes up arms in the crafts and gives you the know how on making your own friendship bracelet – the new must have accessory.
Friendship bracelets were all the rage when I was at primary school and they seem to have made a comeback lately, being popularised by Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller, and her ‘arm parties’ – stacks and stacks of brightly coloured and clashing bracelets heaped up as high as possible. Hugely influential Pinterest boards and Tumblr sites have fuelled this current trend, and with good reason: friendship bracelets are cheap and easy (if a little time consuming) to create, and can be made in a practically infinite number of patterns and colours.
All you need to make your own friendship bracelets is some embroidery thread (‘In Stiches’ on Bell Street have a limited selection, otherwise try eBay, or Poundland in Dundee), tape, and scissors.
1. Cut your embroidery threads into pieces approximately 55 inches long – you can use any colours you like, but if you’re just starting out then I’d suggest using four contrasting colours so you can easily distinguish between the different threads.
2. Gather your threads together, fold them in half, and then tie a knot an inch or so from the folded end. Tape the folded end to a stable surface and separate your threads into order, arranging them symmetrically.
3. To make a ‘left’ (or ‘forwards’) knot: take your outermost thread on the left hand side (mine was the yellow one) and make a ‘4’ shape over the next colour along. Loop it under and pull it through, then up and to the left to tighten the knot. Repeat on the same colour.
4. Make another left knot with the same original outermost thread over each colour until you reach the middle – remember that each left knot is made up of two 4-shape knots.
5. Now to make a ‘right’ (or ‘backwards’) knot: take your outermost thread on the right hand side and make a backwards 4 shape over the next colour along. Loop it under and pull it through, then up and to the right to tighten the knot. Repeat on the same colour.
6. Make another right knot with the same original outermost thread over each colour until you reach the middle. As you can tell, right knots are exactly the same as left knots, just in reverse. When both your original outermost threads have reached the middle, tie a simple knot to connect the two halves. Your first chevron is complete!
7. Now continue with the next colour, which will now be the new outermost strand, making sure you remember that each left knot and right knot is comprised of two 4-shape knots.
8. When you’ve made enough chevrons to almost go right around your wrist, you can now finish off: separate the remaining threads into two sections and plait each section, finishing off with a knot at the end of each one. Tie the two plaits around the loop and your bracelet is finished!