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June 25, 2006 6:26 PM   Subscribe

I recently decided to re-visit one of my favorite summer activities: making friendship bracelets. I am looking to a) remember some of the techniques I used to know b) learn new and interesting bracelet patterns.

I know the basics. I can make a flat band with diagonal stripes (knotting along a row of strings) and of course the tube-shaped striped pattern made by knotting around the entire bundle of strings. I once knew how to make designs in the band (like chevrons or fish). I also used to be able to do something involving loops over the fingers.

What interesting things to do with string can you teach me? (I have 12 skeins of embroidery thread ready to go...)
posted by nekton to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Friendship bracelet patterns with pictures/instructions

a Geocities site of patterns/instructions

I loved making these too. Thanks for the reminder. I think I might dig up my floss and make one for my son.
posted by Melinika at 8:49 PM on June 25, 2006

I don't have a good answer, but this is an awesome question. I remember making ones that were sort of braided, but with loops on the end, so it made kind of a round braid.

That's not a good description. Sorry.
posted by bisesi at 10:15 PM on June 25, 2006

There's Klutz book dedicated to friendship bracelets.
posted by Jeanne at 5:12 AM on June 26, 2006

Best answer: oh MAN i used to make dozens of these a year. i loved it. LOVED it.

anyway, here's a link to the alphabet.

Have fun!
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:18 AM on June 26, 2006

Tie all of your embrodiery thread in a knot at the top. You should have at least 4 strands 3-4 feet each.

Tie the top to something or tape it to a table.

As you have the strands in front of you, take the left most one

Place it across the string on the right of it at an angle so it looks like a number 4. then pull the end of the left string under the other and through the triangle of the 4. Two on each then you move next strand. You'll finish and the next color will be up to go. Repeat. A lot. Wear Guess jeans for extra nostalgia.
posted by pieoverdone at 9:26 AM on June 26, 2006

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