Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Friendship band swap

How to make Friendship Bracelets by Veronique Follet is a re-issued title from Search Press. Knotted friendship bracelets have such a universal and timeless appeal I can see how such a

title bears re-issuing. The diagrams in the book are very clear and require no more equipment than some thread and a safety pin. Once the basic two knots are mastered the book is full of pattern variations along a theme- some designs appear really quite complex. I have been working on the most basic design and am really pleased with the result, once the first row has been knotted there is a nice rhythm and the band grows at a satisfying pace. Because this is a re-issue some of the

original photographs now look a little dated but at £7.99 this is a good value title and would mean you could make up a really lovely gift with the book and threads for around £10. I can also see this being useful for a summer holiday diversion. I will certainly be making more bands for my daughter’s birthday party bags. I also hope to explore some of the more elaborate designs in a thicker thread for use as belts or bag straps. I think there’s a lot of potential here and as well as making some friendship bands for various pals and relatives I look forward to seeing how far I can push the technique, and also look forward to bringing the book out again in a couple of years when my children will be able to master the knots for themselves.

Here is my first completed band. So what do you reckon to a swap then? Just a small swap, leave a comment and I'll give you a name and address to send a friendship band to- you can put in some other tiny treats if you like but I'd suggest we keep this small- like a tiny jiffy bag swap. I'd also like to suggest, and this is entirely up to you, that you make up two parcels and send the second to a friend who you think might like a little gesture- a tiny R.A.K for someone. You can blog it if you like and tell a tale of friendship along the way. You don't need to buy this book to make a band, I'm sure there are on line tutorials, or library books etc. But if you feel like making something a bit different then the book does have some excellent ideas. Leave a comment by the end of Sunday and I'll send names out when I get back from holiday around the 5th of June. Parcels to go by the end of June and as the packages should be pretty small I'll make it an international swap


Gina said...

Your friendship band is really pretty and I'm tempted to take part but know I have far to much going on to commit to a swap. Good luck with it.

knitaddict said...

haven't made one for years but yeah, what the hey!! Count me in!!
Might be a nice excuse for showing my 7 yr old how 2 make them !!

Indigo Blue said...

I was talking about freindship bracelets with my students at school and they just looked me bloank. They were being made all the time in the mid nineties. Do you also remember the scoobie craze with strips of brightly coloured plastic "string"? Could not get the hang of that even though it was a bit like macrame.