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

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

teacher avatar Debbie Hart, Artist and Designer

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Gather Your Materials

    • 3. Pick Your Stripes

    • 4. Start Your Class Project

    • 5. Get Set Up to Create Your Bracelet

    • 6. Create, Part 1: The Forward Knot

    • 7. Create, Part 2: Making the Bracelet

    • 8. Create, Part 3: Physical Demo Video

    • 9. Create, Part 4: Braiding the Tie

    • 10. Final Thoughts

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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.

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Debbie Hart

Artist and Designer


I’m a freelance artist and designer, 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. 

Over 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&rsquo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Debbie Heart. I'm a folk artist. I love bright colors, and I create whimsical folk art for the young at heart. E first started making friendship bracelets a few years ago when, one night I had a dream that I was making large quantities of jewelry. I took this as a sign and began looking into different types of jewelry I might want to create. I was immediately attracted to friendship bracelets, which originated with the indigenous cultures of Latin America because of their informal full guard feel, and they're bright colors and bold patterns. I began experimenting with different bracelet color styles and patterns and adding beads. Over time, I created a variety of different nodded braces. Then, for my birthday this year, I got this great air, brightly colored Guatemalan style shoes. Here's a picture of me wearing them at the beach. I started thinking I'd love to make an assortment of colorful friendship bracelets to go with these shoes. Around the same time, I discovered skill share and had an idea. Why not turn this project into a class in this class? Your project is to pick an article of clothing or an accessory of yours that you love like I did with my shoes that you'd love to have a matching friendship bracelet for will Then pick two or three colors from your item and make your very own six stream friendship bracelet Using embroidery flaws in these colors that you can wear with your item. We'll start with the absolute basics so no previous experience is needed. We'll create our bracelet in the easiest beginner pattern, the candy stripe, which also happens to be a classic and visually pleasing pattern. You'll get to choose one of several start variations for your bracelet from a handout I'll provide that shows the different variations and how to arrange the strings to create each pattern. First, we'll cover the materials we need, which are just embroidery loss and a small list of items that you probably already have around your home. Well, then talk more about stripes and go over the different stripe pattern variations that you can choose from for this bracelet in more detail. Next, we'll talk more about the class project, and I'll show you how to create a project in skill share so that you can share your bracelet making progress with me and your classmates. How also Show you where you can find the project description and print out the supplemental handouts I've provided. Well, then talk about how to start the bracelet. How first show you have to measure and cut strands of embroidery floss. Fold them in half and tie them together to create a loop for the bracelet. Closure will then go over how to set up your bracelet crafting station by attaching your newly made loop and floss Franz to a clipboard or other service. How also provide a PdF file of a ruler that you can print out and put on the clipboard underneath the strings to measure the length of your bracelet as you're making it well, then learn just one simple, not the forward, not which is the only not you need to know to make the candy stripe pattern and Paul of its variations will start simple and first learn how to make this not with just two strings. Well, then apply what we've learned and use the forward not with Paul. Six strings to make. The bracelet finally will cover how to finish the bracelet by making a braid and tie at the end to thread through the loop. Damn, I offer some final thoughts and show you how to attach your new bracelet to your wrist throughout the class, walking through all the steps of the bracelet, making process in detail, using both animated Power point diagrams, ham physical demos on video. So if this sounds like fun, click the enroll button that will show up on the screen at the end of this video to gain immediate access to the rest of the videos for this class and let's get started. 2. Gather Your Materials: to make friendship bracelets. You only need a few materials, and it's likely that you already have most of them lying around in your home. First, you'll need two or three skeins of embroidery floss, each one in a different power. You can also use PERL cotton needle point thread in size three or five, but I've always used embroidery floss. D. M C is my favorite brand because it's nice and strong and the colors air rich and lustrous . You'll also need a ruler and a pair of scissors for measuring and cutting the flaws. Another thing you'll need is a clipboard, or you can also use some other type of rigid flat surface, along with a piece of tape or a binder. Clips. You just need something to attach the strings onto to keep them in place while you're nodding the bracelet. I've also provided a PdF of a ruler in the Resource Is section, which you can print out and put on to your clipboard underneath the strength so that you can monitor the length of your bracelet as you're working on it. It's in both inches and centimeters, so you can use whichever system you prefer when you print it out, just be sure to choose the option to print it out at its actual size so that it will be accurate. Now. If you don't know how to do this, don't worry. I'll cover that in another video. Another helpful item is a tape measure to measure your wrist if you prefer. You can also just wrap a piece of the embroidery floss around your wrist and then measure it with the ruler to get your wrist measurements. And finally, a simple toothpick is helpful in case you need undo any of your knots, which can happen occasionally. And that's really all you need to get started. I'll see you in the next video. 3. Pick Your Stripes: Now let's talk a little about stripes and the different variations of the candy stripe pattern that you can choose from when making your bracelet. Stripes have long been a popular design element all over the world, and we see them everywhere in our environment and in our fashions stripes, air worn by both men and women and are always in style. There seems to be something basic and almost primal about our attraction to stripes. Maybe it's because stripes have always been found so widely in nature as well. How fortunate that such a popular, visually striking pattern also happens to be the easiest pattern to start with when making friendship bracelets. I've chosen in this class to give us the creative constraint of making a friendship bracelet with three strings that will be doubled over to make six strings. This means that there can only be either two or three different colors in the bracelet, and there must be at least two strings of anyone color now. Technically, you could also make a solid color bracelet of just one color by making all three strings the same color. But this might not be very interesting. This is just enough to give us a nice selection of possible striped patterns to choose from , but not an overwhelming selection. The different patterns you can make come from the particular order in which you arranged the strings before beginning the nodding process. Using our creative constraint for two color bracelet, you'll have two strings of one color and one string of a second color. When doubled over there will be four strings of the first color and two strings of the second color. There were three different to color pattern variations that you can make under these conditions. Here they are using the same creative constraint. For a three color bracelet, you'll have one string of each color. When doubled. Over there will be two strings each of three different colors. There are four different three color patterns that you can create with this constraint. Here they are so altogether you basically have seven different striped patterns to choose from. I've also put all of these patterns together into a PdF file that you can download from the class project section and print out to use for reference. I encourage you to start thinking now about the particular strike pattern you want to use for the class project, which will talk about in the next video 4. Start Your Class Project: Now we're going to talk about the class project. The first stage of the class project is really easy, quick and fund so you can get started right away. Your first step is to pick an article of clothing or an accessory of years that you love and want to create a matching friendship bracelet for like I did with my pink shoes. Next picks 2 to 3 colors from your item to use in your friendship bracelet. And finally pick one of the striped pattern variations you'd like to try that we learned about in the last video. Your first delivery ble for the class project is just to describe our post a photo of your chosen clothing item or accessory, and to say which two or three colors from it you'll be using in your bracelet and the particular stripe pattern you'll be using. Then later, after we've gone over all the details of how to make the bracelet and you've had a chance to create one, the second delivery herbal will be to post a photo of your finished friendship bracelet shown next year, matching clothing item or accessory. And, of course, you're also welcome to write about and or post photos of any part of your process. Not sure how to start a project. Well, fortunately, it's really easy right below the area on your screen where the class videos play. There's a menu of all the pages related to the class. When you select one of the pages, the text turns blue. When you first go to the class, you automatically start out on the community page, where you can post questions or discuss things about the class. Here you'll notice that there's also this grey box with a big blue button that says Start project. Just click that button and it takes you to a page where you choose a project, cover photo and type in what you want to say for your project. Then click the blue Create Project button at the bottom and voila! You've started your project. Once your class project has been created, then you can just keep updating it with your progress as you go along. Any time you go to your project, there will be an edit your project button that you can click to make up dates. You can also find the start project button on the class Project page. This page also has the description of the class project. And this is also where you can find the supplemental class. Resource is like the PDFs of the ruler and the stripe pattern variations that I talked about earlier. These attachments are available in blue at the bottom of the project description. Now that you know what to do, go ahead and start your class project. I'm really excited to see it. 5. Get Set Up to Create Your Bracelet: Now let's talk about getting set up to start creating your bracelet. As I said earlier, you'll need three strands of embroidery flaws in either two or three different colors. The three strands can each be a different color, or you can have two strands of one pillar and one strand of a second color for candy striped bracelet. Each string needs to be 60 inches long or 152.4 centimeters. Once you have your three strands of los, fold them in half lengthwise so that you have six strings that are each 30 inches long. Next, tie all the strings together at the loop tendon and over ham. Not like this to make a loop of about 1/2 inch or 1.27 centimeters to use as a closure for the bracelet. We'll be making a braid at the end of the nodded part of the bracelet that we will then thread through this loop and pie to attach the bracelet to the wrist. Now you're ready to put your strings onto the clipboard or other flat surface. But first printout, the pdf of the ruler, which you can find on the class project page below the project description. As we talked about earlier. As I mentioned earlier, you need to print out this ruler at its actual size that it'll be accurate when you download and open the PDF file. It commonly opens up in Adobe Acrobat Reader, which usually comes installed on most computers. When you go to the file menu at the upper left corner of the page and click print, the print dialog box opens to print the ruler out of its actual size. Make sure to select actual size here before clicking. Print. Once you've printed out the pdf attachment to your clipboard or other flat surface, now you're ready to put the looped part of the strings underneath the foot board as well. Now we're almost ready to get started nodding the bracelet, but first you need to know how long to make it to fit your wrist. So, first, measure your wrist with a tape measure by wrapping it around your wrist. Or you can also use a piece of embroidery floss that you then measure with a ruler In general, the nodded part of the bracelet should be about 3/4 of your risk measurement, leaving the remaining length of string to make the braid and tie. That attach is the bracelet to your wrist, for example. My risk measurement is six inches, so I multiply six by 3/4 4.75 and get 4.5 inches for the length that I need to make the nodded part of my bracelet for the braided tie. At the end of the nodded part of the bracelet, you should make it at least four inches law, or about the same length as the nodded part of your bracelet. In my case, this will be 4.5 inches. Now. Try to stick as close to these measurements as possible, but don't worry too much about getting them 100% exact. As the old saying goes, This isn't rocket science, so there's a little room for error since the tie is adjustable. Now that you've set up your bracelet crafting station and figured out all your measurements , let's dive right into the fun part, actually making the bracelet 6. Create, Part 1: The Forward Knot: Now let's start the fun part. Making the bracelet. Our first step in this process is to learn that not you'll be using to create this bracelet the forward, not how first show you how to make this, not with just two strings on the clipboard. First, we'll go over how to make this not using diagrams to show each step. And then we'll see the process in motion on video as well. To make this not you. Take the first string the green string on the left and cross it over the second string the pink string on the right so that the streams resemble the shape of a number four. You then bring the first string around and underneath the second string and pull it up through the opening of the four shape and to the right like this. Next, you pull the string tight to former, not you. Then repeat this process exactly the same way with the same two strings in the same places a second time. And now you have a completed forward, not the forward not is also sometimes called for, not because of the shape you make with the strings. When nodding it it's important to remember that a single forward not actually consists of two knots. So you need to remember to always do this process twice for each, not notice that the forward not moves the first string forward from left to right so that the original first string, the green one, is now in the second position. This fact is important to know later when we're working with all six strings together on the clipboard. Now let's see this process on video first in slow motion while I go through the steps again . Then, at normal speed again, you take the first string, the green string on the left and cross it over the second string the pink string on the right so that the strings resembled the shape of a number four. You then bring the first string around and underneath the second string and pull it up through the opening of the four shape and to the right like this. Next, you pull the string tight to former, not you. Then repeat this process exactly the same way a second time, and now you have a completed forward. Not and again the original first string, the green one has now moved forward and is in the second position. Now let's see this process again. Normal speed thing. Feel free to replay this video as many times as necessary to get a feel for how to make this Not okay. Now you're ready. But your knowledge about the forward not into practice with call six strings on the clipboard. We'll do that in the next video. 7. Create, Part 2: Making the Bracelet: now that we've learned how to make the basic forward, not let's use it with all six strings in place on the clipboard to make the bracelet. After setting up your crafting station, you should now have the looped end of your strings attached to your clipboard or other flat surface like this. At this point, you can now just move the strings around so that they're in the right starting order to make the particular pattern you want for our demo bracelet. I've chosen three color pattern number one, So my strings air already in the right order. In the last class, we learned how to make the forward, not the basic, not for creating the candy stripe bracelet. Here are some important reminders to keep in mind about the forward, not as we move along. First, be sure to remember that each forward not actually consists of two knots. Also, forward knots move the active string forward from left to right, which causes the two strings being knotted together to switch places in the string order. In the last class, we learned how to make a forward, not with just two strings on the clipboard. Now that we have six strings to work with will do the exact same thing multiplied that is, will be making a series of forward knots, starting with the string that's furthest on the left and moving it from left to right to make a whole row of forward nuts. Then we'll go back and start making knots with the new first string on the left to start another row, and so on. Well, look at this process in more detail shortly. Note that there is always one less not Perot than the number of strings in the bracelet. In this case, since we're making a six stringed bracelet, there are five knots. Peru. Now, let's look at this process in more detail, starting with String one. The orange string that's furthest to the left make a forward not with string one and string to. Now that we've made the first forward not in this row, the two orange strings have switched places so that the first Orange string is now in the second position and vice versa. Next, use the same active string, which is now in second position to tie a forward not on the Third Street. Once the knot is made. The second and third strings have switched places, and the active string is now in the third position. Continue making forward knots with the active string in the same way until you get to the end of the room at the end of the row. The original first string has moved all the way to position six on the far right. Now repeat the same sequence of steps, starting with the string that's now on position one to add another row. As you add Rose, you'll see the pattern uto starting to emerge, which is always exciting. - After you've done six rows, you'll have one full iteration of the pattern, and the strings will all be back to their original positions. At this point, the pattern will start to repeat, and you just keep adding rose in the same way until the bracelet is the length you want. We'll see an actual physical demo of this nodding process in the next video. But before we get to that, here's one more important note on working with six strings on the clipboard at once. It's important to keep your strings well organized as you go along before making each not It helps to quickly move any strings to the left of the strings you're working with further to the left and any strings to the right, Further to the right to keep them out of the way. Okay, I'll see you in the next video. 8. Create, Part 3: Physical Demo Video: now that we've learned how to make the nodded part of the bracelet using diagrams, let's watch a physical demo of the entire process in action. To keep the demo a comfortable length, I've decided to show the first row at normal speed, but speed up the rest of the process to double speed. However, you can always re watch the video at a slower speed, as needed by using the video playback controls that show up when you move your cursor over the bottom of the video. If you move your cursor over the little one X, a menu pops up that lets you change the speed of the video. You can choose 0.5 X to slow the video down to half speed, which will cause the parts of the video I've sped up to play at normal speed. Also, just to the right of the video speed menu is a little icon of a 15 with a backwards arrow over it, moving your cursor over this icon. Let's see. Rewind the video 15 seconds if you want to replay parts of it as your viewing it okay. Without further ado, let's watch the video way , way way , way. Okay. In the next video, we'll learn how to finish up the bracelet by making a braided tie at the end. 9. Create, Part 4: Braiding the Tie: now that we've seen the physical demo of how to make the nodded part of the bracelet, let's learn how to make the braid and tie at the end for the six string bracelet, leave the bracelet attached to the clipboard and separate the remaining lengths of string into three different groups of two strings each. Next we'll braid these string groups together into a single braid. Now it's likely that many of you already know how to braid. But for those who might not know, I'll explain the process and show you a short physical demo as well to make a three strand break. First, take the group of strings on the left and cross it over the group of strings in the center so that the left group is now in the center. Next, cross the right strings over the center strings so that the right strings become the new center strings. Then just repeat this process, controlling the string tension as you go to keep the braid tight until the braid is the length you want. Once you've completed the braid, finish it off by tying all the strings together in an overhand knot. Finally, trim the ends of the strings to leave about half a niche of fringe. Here's a short video where I first show the braiding process without controlling the strain tension so that you can get a good look at it without my fingers in the way. Then I showed the process of braiding while holding the strings tight. - Way has an optional variation. You can also make two braids at the end of the bracelet instead of one, like I did with this bracelet. To do this first, divide the six strings into two groups of three strings, then make a braid with each of the groups of three strings and finish the braids off in the same way. And that's it. Congratulations. You finished your bracelet in the next video, we'll try our new bracelets on, and I'll share some final thoughts. 10. Final Thoughts: Now that you've finished your bracelet, let's try it on to put the bracelet on your wrist. I've found that it's easiest to thread the braid through the loop first and then pull it over my hand and onto my wrist. Once the bracelet is on your wrist, simply pull the braid until the bracelets as tight as you want it, and high the braid and tie to itself with an overhand knot. If you have two brains, just put one braid through the loop, pull the bracelet as tight as you wanted and then tie the two braids together. Now that you've created this cool new bracelet, why don't you take a picture of it along with your matching clothing item or accessory and posted in your class project? I'd love to see it. If you'd like to gain more practice with making forward knots and candy striped bracelets, feel free to make more bracelets and other colors and striped patterns. The's bracelets look really cool when you were a bunch of them together on your arm. At once in a stack. Feel free to come back and update your project any time to add photos of the new bracelets you make. As for me, I ended up making eight different candy striped bracelets for this class in different color schemes to match my shoes, which was easy to do since these shoes have so many different colors in them. I made a bracelet for each of the three to color patterns, and I also made one for each of the 43 color patterns. And finally, I also made one extra bracelet using three color pattern number one for the physical demo. Here's how these bracelets all look together on my wrists and next to my shoes. Pretty fun and cool, huh? Thanks so much for taking this class. If you enjoyed it, I'd really appreciate it if you could leave a positive review. Thanks again and have fun.