Craft Corner – Friendship Bracelets

Originally, these colourful bands were invented by Indians in Central and South America. According to tradition, you tie a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet should be worn until it is totally worn-out and falls off by itself, at which moment the wish is supposed to come true.

By Eve Bracewell

You will need:
* Embroidery floss or craft thread
* Clipboard
* Ruler
* Scissors

1: Grab your four chosen colours of embroidery floss or craft thread and cut each one at about 60-65 inches.
2. Fold the embroidery floss in half and tie using an overhand knot to create eight strands of string, four for each side.
3. Clip it to your clipboard. You can also safety pin it to your trousers or a pillow. Arrange the strands in a mirror-image pattern so the two outside strands are the same colour and so on going inwards. It helps to pretend there is an imaginary line in the middle.

4. Starting from the right side, grab your first thread and make two forward knots around the second thread. Using the same thread, continue to make knots towards the middle (imaginary line)
5. Repeat this process from the left hand side making backward knots.
6. The same coloured pair of strings from either side should now meet in the middle.

7. Using these strings, complete the first row by making two forward or backward knots.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 until you reach the desired length.
9. Finish up nicely with an overhand knot. With a nod to the 90s, your friendship bracelet is complete!


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