Let's Make Friendship Bracelets #1: Candy Stripe, Forward Knot & 7 Easy Bracelet Patterns

Debbie Hart, Freelance Folk Artist

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10 Videos (33m)
    • Introduction

    • Gather Your Materials

    • Pick Your Stripes

    • Start Your Class Project

    • Get Set Up to Create Your Bracelet

    • Create, Part 1: The Forward Knot

    • Create, Part 2: Making the Bracelet

    • Create, Part 3: Physical Demo Video

    • Create, Part 4: Braiding the Tie

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this fun class for beginners, you'll learn how to make your very own handmade friendship bracelets step by step using embroidery floss, which is inexpensive and comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors. (You can also use other materials too, such as pearl cotton needlepoint thread, hemp or yarn; see the materials list in the Project Description in the "Your Project" section for more possibilities.)

We'll first learn one simple knot, the forward knot, and then we'll use that knot to a make a colorful 6-string friendship bracelet in the easiest beginner pattern, the candy stripe. We'll also learn several cool variations of this simple yet stylish and visually striking pattern.

I'll start with the absolute basics and cover all the steps in detail using both animated PowerPoint diagrams and physical demos, so no previous experience is necessary. Here's what we'll cover in the class:

  • Materials needed (most of which you probably already have; see list in Class Project section)
  • Measuring and folding the strings to start the bracelet
  • Making a loop for the closure
  • Attaching the strings to a clipboard or other flat surface to use as a knotting workstation
  • Making the forward knot, shown first with just 2 strings
  • Using the forward knot with all 6 strings on the clipboard, string by string, to create the bracelet
  • Making a braided tie to finish off the bracelet
  • Attaching your new bracelet to your wrist

If you're eager to join me in this exciting project for grown-ups and children alike, click the Enroll button, and let's get started!

More About Friendship Bracelets:

This colorful folk art jewelry form originated with the indigenous cultures of Latin America (including parts of North, Central, and South America, and especially Guatemala) and is currently popular worldwide with all ages.

These simple wrist adornments in bold colors and patterns make great DIY accessories for the hippie boho chic fashion styles that are currently in vogue, and are a fun, easy and affordable way to spice up your wardrobe. These bracelets are also great crafts to make with kids.

32 of 32 students recommendSee All

Such a great class, Debbie! Amazing, complete, so well-explained.
Eléna Leprêtre

Crochet Designer&Teacher& Food Lover

Thank you for sharing these videos! My little sister will definitely like to have one and Im going to make her some over the weekend ;)
Gives me all kinds of creative ideas.
Jay Cruise

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Debbie Hart

Freelance Folk Artist

I’m a freelance folk artist, a former software developer, a lifelong learner, a spiritual seeker, and a perpetual child at heart. I’m also a so-called Renaissance Soul, a person who’s always had too many interests to pick just one. I've enjoyed drawing, painting and crafting since childhood. I love color, and my art is colorful, upbeat and whimsical. 

About a decade ago now, craving a lifestyle change, I quit my high tech job in Colorado and we moved back to my native northern California, where I finally returned to my lifelong love of creating art, which I had previously set aside for decades. We live among the redwoods in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.

I have university degrees in both English and Computer Science. Although I’ve completed several college-level art courses (roughly equivalent to a minor in art), I’m also largely self-taught since my own imagination has always inspired me far more than external reality!

I have a website called Deb Hart's Art and an Etsy shop where I sell small-format art prints and originals. I also sell my artwork on a variety of products from posters to phone cases in my Zazzle store

In addition, I have a second Etsy shop, Heart Mesa Gifts, which features art and jewelry made by both me and my significant other, Ron Masa, fellow artist and Skillshare teacher.

Thanks for your interest! I hope to connect with you soon through my classes!