Let's Make Friendship Bracelets #2: Reverse Candy Stripe, Backward Knot & 20 New Bracelet Patterns

Debbie Hart, Freelance Folk Artist

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9 Videos (28m)
    • Introduction

    • Gather Your Materials

    • Pick Your Stripes & Colors

    • Get Set Up to Create Your Bracelet

    • Create, Part 1: The First Braided Tie

    • Create, Part 2: The Backward Knot

    • Create, Part 3: Knotting the Bracelet

    • Create, Part 4: Physical Demo Video

    • Finishing Up & Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this fun beginner class, 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, 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.)

Although this class is #2 in a series, it stands on its own, and you don’t need to take Class #1 to take this one. However, if you wish to eventually learn to make more friendship bracelets in other patterns, taking both classes is a good idea, since the skills you’ll learn from both classes are necessary to advance to more complex patterns later on.

In this class, we'll first learn one simple knot, the backward knot, and then we'll use this knot to a make a colorful 6-string friendship bracelet in one of the easiest beginner patterns, the reverse candy stripe (similar to the basic candy stripe from Class #1, except that the stripes slant in the opposite direction). We'll also learn 20 different cool variations of this simple yet stylish and visually striking pattern, ranging from 2 to 6 colors.

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 your wrist, determining correct lengths for different parts of the bracelet, and measuring and cutting the right amounts of string.
  • Attaching the strings to a clipboard or other flat surface to use as a knotting workstation
  • Creating the braided ties on each end of the bracelet to start and finish the bracelet
  • Making the backward knot, shown first with just 2 strings
  • Using the backward knot with all 6 strings on the clipboard, string by string, to create the middle knotted part of 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). These bracelets have traditionally been given, exchanged, and worn as symbols of friendship, and today have become fashionable and 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.

3 of 3 students recommendSee All

Very clear instructions with wonderful animations and demos. Fun class!!
Ron Masa

Psychologist, Artist and Educator

I love the step by step instructions and ideas for making different colored bracelets. I think my granddaughter would love this project!
Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand





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!