June 10, 2013

The Perfect Summer Bracelet // by Anna

 I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but I often find myself staring at people's wrists. Not exactly in a creepy way, but rather at what it is they're wearing on them. Some people dress their wrists in heavy silver watches, some with charm bracelets and some with charity bands. The ones I find most intriguing are the wrists obscured entirely by ragged embroidery thread (the remains of a friendship bracelet) and the worn shoe-lace style bands which have adorned these people's wrists for the past few months nonstop. They tell the perfect summer story.
 So here is a tutorial I've come up with. It doesn't require you to go out and buy threads or loops. All you really need is an old t-shirt or two that's been loved and is ready to take on a new life. 
Optional : a friend to share the bracelet making session with.
the friendship bracelet; the square knot bracelet; creaseless hair-tie
Start off both bracelets like this:

1. Cut 1cm loops off the end of a t-shirt. Snip one side. Pull taught until it curls up. Repeat three times. Can be fun to use all sorts of different colours together!
2. Tie a knot at the end and stick with painters tape or a weight to a table. 
The Braided Friendship Bracelet
1. Using the above method, prepare!
2.Braid as you would hair, crossing over strips, to the desired length.
3. Snip off the excess (there will be a lot of this!) and tie the ends together to form your bracelet.
The Square Knot Bracelet

1. This time tack the middle strand down too until taught.
2. Cross over one strand over the taught middle strand so it looks like a triangle
3. Then cross the strand from the other side over that
4. Tuck it under the strands
5. Pull on both sides to create your square knot
6. Repeat, alternating sides until you've reached your desired length 
7. Tie off the ends.
Anna x

1 comment:

  1. Lovely, Anna, just lovely.

    Thanks so much again for guest posting!



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