I can hardly think of any fashion statement that looks as handsome, casual and creative as friendship bracelets. Not too difficult to make and not very expensive at all, these are worn by fun-seekers, by mature, creative and friendly people – hence their name, “friendship bracelets.”
They first appeared on wrists in ankles in either America or Canada. This is because the archetypal friendship bracelets were spawned by the Native Americans of ancient times. These indigenous tribes loved the art of knot tying and finding bright colors in nature. Native and Central American traditional fiber arts included making vibrantly-colored wrist and ankle bands, made from knotted threads. The designs which are used to make the bracelets are also very common in Native American art and include elements like simple animal figures, stripes and check patterns. This all depends on the individual skill of the particular craftsperson.
A renewed interest in popular friendship bracelets happened in the United States in the 1970s. During this decade of lava lamps and bell bottoms, many people were exploring traditional crafts, and soon the appeal of friendship bracelets caught on with the rest of the world as well; spreading like wildfire. They became a worldwide hobby – to make, to give, to collect and to trade. This got even bigger in the 80s and friendship bracelets are still a worldwide hobby, even today!
Friendship bracelets come in various styles and designs. The most common kind of friendship bracelet is actually made with embroidery floss. This fabric is usually brightly colored and sturdy enough. But embroidery floss is not the only kind of textile used in making friendship bracelets; other textiles are used as well, ones though, in which the thread may be kept thin so they will not get too bulky.
The process in creating friendship bracelets is actually closely related to crochet or macramé; It entails making a series of very small knots. To make these knots, a thread is passed over and then under a second thread before it is pulled through and knotted once again. When this double knot is completed, you can move on to the next section of the friendship bracelet and so on.
The number of threads which is used to make friendship bracelets actually varies quite a bit; this number is usually between two and forty threads. Larger amounts of threads can be used, but reflect the payout of a great deal of time and energy, and result in a very wide friendship bracelet.
Small friendship bracelets made with two strands are quite popular, now a-day; so are six strand bracelets, with the six strands standing for the letters in “friend.” When the remained of the thread not knotted or tied creates a long tail at either end it may be tied around the wrist, or even snipped.
Friendship bracelets made for friends are usually tied on by the friend who made it, if possible, to a wrist or even an ankle – it is very important to note that is to be worn until it falls off naturally. The kind of threads which are used are usually floss and will in time wear, so the system works out perfectly.