A friendship bracelet is a sign of friendship. They are made and commonly given to people who they consider their friends. Since the 1970s, friendship bracelets were introduced in the United States. People wore them as tokens of friendship, wore them for social statements such as culture/tribal and also folk art.
Friendship bracelets are handmade and are made by weaving and knotting designs (which is known as a form of macramé), a textile-making form that uses knotting rather than weaving or knitting techniques.
According to tradition, the recipient of a friendship bracelet must wear it until the threads wear out and fall off as expected. If the bracelet is removed before it naturally falls off, it is a sign that the friendship has gone sour. Another variation of this tradition is that the recipient of a bracelet is entitled to a wish. After the bracelet wears out and falls off naturally, the wish will come true.
Whilst a friendship bracelet doesn’t have a clasp, it must be tied around the recipient’s wrist. The idea behind this is that a friend paid for it with the hard work and love that made it; and the recipient repays the friend by honouring the work.
Depending upon the colours you select, the bracelets can be worn by both male and female crafters. In modern today, most friendship bracelets are worn by girls and their friends.
There are many different styles and patterns to a friendship bracelet. Pattern names vary slightly depending on location; complexity and by simplistic design, but are overall very similar to each other. The following list contains a vast range of styles. Some patterns are similar others are significantly different alongside the complexity, the more pattern there are to a bracelet the more complex it is.
Others bracelets include:
- Alpha bracelets (with letters/symbols)
- Basic diagonal stripe
- Bordered chevron
- Broken ladder
- Candy Stripes
- Chinese Staircase
- Diagonal trees
- Dog den
- Double chain knot
- Double chevron
- Inverse chevron
- Rag rug
- Swirl and braids (a combination of a braid and Chinese staircase)
- Totem pole
- Zig zag
- Flip Flo Zig Zag
- Flip Flop Candy Stripe
- The Egyptian
- Christmas Tree
- Easter Egg
- Star of David
- Mini Hearts
In future articles, I will demonstrate how to apply the four basic knots in how to make a simple bracelet for your friends, family and love ones.
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