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Friendship Bracelets
Yes, once upon a time, I was one of those girls. I made friendship bracelets.

I loved it. It didn't require much brain power (at least not most of the time), but it occupied my hands while I was half-entertained by the TV. I started with just normal braids. I'd been doing this in my hair, my My Little Ponies' hair, wherever, for years, so these came very naturally. I'd tie a knot and then sit on the floor with my legs bent, holding the knot between my heels. I like tight braids, so I was pulling hard the entire time. My legs had to pinch fairly hard a good deal of the time to avoid the bracelet slipping out of my grip.

Then, at some point, my mother found a pamphlet from DMC (the company that makes embroidery thread, not the one that made cars) with a few friendship bracelet patterns new to me. I learned them all, and made at least one of each. I liked the wave fairly well. It didn't steal too much brain power from watching my shows (frequently Discovery Channel type shows), but made a fairly nice pattern. Those are in the order I made them - the red and green one first, the one with the silver in it last.

Next came the snake. I hated the snake - I made one and a half, total. That blue and orange is the first one I made - I always chose colors I didn't like as much for the first one, just in case I messed up. I wouldn't be so upset I "wasted" those colors. I really love the colors in that purple and gold, and yet I still never managed to finish it. The snake just feels too loose to me.

I hated the fish when I made it. I don't like eating fish and I didn't like the pattern. Now, however, that's my favorite of the three. I'm wishing I made more - perhaps I will. I still have plenty of thread.

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that these patterns were too complex for what I was looking for, but I was bored with normal braids and the "standard" knot. I started experimenting with multi-strand braids, doing up to 5 strings in a flat braid. I wasn't very fond of these, though; I felt like they had an amateurish look. Someone (I've forgotten who, shame on me) introduced me to round braids. These... Oh, these were the thing. They were done with loops of string, instead of straight threads, and each loop fit on a finger. It was a simple pattern of moving threads from one finger to the next, over and over again. And it looked good when completed. This was exactly what I was looking for. I made a ton of these. I ended up making these in school. I gave these away (which I almost never did with my other braids - I never felt "right" giving those away, somehow).
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decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: September 2nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
You going to upgrade all the lines in your car to braided? :P

(Rivkah just commented that you're showing how knotty you are... :P)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: September 3rd, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice. I wonder if I could do that round one around something... That would be... Interesting.
sollitaire From: sollitaire Date: September 4th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to reply with a comment so off topic, I'm posting this here after seeing your comment in the new moderated status of the wow_ladies, I just wanted to let you know that the boards that were once off topic are now on topic I know you are already a member, but I wasn't sure if you were aware of the change.

If you feel this is spam please fee free to delete it and I'm sorry for taking up your time.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: September 4th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm fine with off topic comments in my journal, so long as they're not flames or spam, and this isn't either. :)

I had actually managed to completely forget about that board until a few minutes earlier today. I'll definitely be checking back, and thanks for the reminder!
kirashapedgirl From: kirashapedgirl Date: September 16th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you know where I can find a pattern for the round bracelets? I used to know how to make these, and I can not remember! GRR! If you know, or can tell me how to do this, I would be so happy. Thanks!
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: September 20th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know where you can find a pattern, but if you haven't found one yet, I may be able to explain...

I'm working on the assumption that you have done them before and that this will sound familiar. If you have any questions, please ask.

You'll need to start with rather long lengths of string. I'm horrible at estimating, but three times around my wrist was not long enough to make a bracelet that would fit my wrist (well). You need 5 strands (I'll number them 1 through 5).

Cut your 5 strands and fold them in half so that all 10 cut ends are together. Make a knot (I use a plain loop) at the cut end, so that you have a short tuft, then the knot, then five big loops.

You'll be using 6 fingers to do this, A through F. Finger A is the pointer on the right hand, B is the middle finger on the right hand, and C is the ring finger on the right hand. Finger D is the pointer on the left hand, E is the middle on the left, and F is the ring on the left.

Anchor your bracelet at the knot end (I hold it between the heels of my feet). Put loop 1 around finger A, loop 2 around finger B, loop 3 around finger C, (switching to the other hand) loop 4 around finger D, and loop 5 around finger E. This leaves F, the left hand ring finger, without a loop.

Take finger F and thread it through loops 3 and 2 (fingers C and B) (in that order) and wrap loop 1 (currently on finger A) around finger F. Pull loop 1 through loops 2 and 3. You know have finger A empty, finger B with loop 2, finger C with loop 3, finger D with loop 4, finger E with loop 5, and finger F with loop 1. Move loops 2 and 3 forward a finger. Loop 2 should move to finger A, and loop 3 should move to finger B.

At this point, your fingers and threads will be as follows:
Finger A: Loop 2
Finger B: Loop 3
Finger C: Empty
Finger D: Loop 4
Finger E: Loop 5
Finger F: Loop 1

Now send finger C (right hand ring finger) through loops 1 and 5, and have it "grab" loop 4 from finger D. Pull loop 4 through loops 5 and 1 so that finger D is empty. Move loops 5 and 1 "forward" a finger (This is a mirror of what was done on the other hand)

Now your fingers and threads will be:
Finger A: Loop 2
Finger B: Loop 3
Finger C: Loop 4
Finger D: Loop 5
Finger E: Loop 1
Finger F: Empty

Repeat the process, changing the numbers to match this new set of numbers. Repeat until the bracelet is long enough or you can't fit your fingers anymore. Tie off however you feel is appropriate.
kirashapedgirl From: kirashapedgirl Date: September 26th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, that did indeed help. I now have bracelets!
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