Monday, 18 July 2011

Macrame Monday: Chevron Friendship Bracelets

I'm kinda bummed that I didn't post this a couple of weeks ago when I first started making the chevron patterned friendship bracelets. I actually began learning this pattern before I made the traditional striped friendship bracelets, but decided to post the stripes first because they were easier. Chevron was the next step.

Wrong decision.

Because now, everywhere I look in blogland the chevron patterned bracelets are popping up.

:(

Now I don't look original and cool for bringing back a lost art of the 80s.

Oh well.

They do look cute don't they?


So instead of posting a tutorial, I'm just going to point you toward the website that helped me learn. The website called Honestly... WTF? did a fabulous tutorial that really helped me understand the vertical clove hitch. Remember last week when I admitted that I had problems with the vertical clove hitch knot? Well, this blog post helped so much - and also taught me how to make the lovely chevron patterned friendship bracelets you see here.


Here is my first attempt. I'm currently wearing this one. I've been wearing it for a few months now and it's still holding up, showers everyday and all. As you can see, the knots are a little wonky. But it's an easy pattern to learn and I got the hang of it after a few bands of Vs.


I added long glass beads to my bracelets to make them a little more unique. The beads are called bugle beads (thanks for offering that info Ruth!) So now you know what to shop for if you want to add the same sort of beads.


I braided the tails of the bracelets to make it easier to tie on the wrist.

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Here are a few of the places I've been seeing this pattern put to use this past week:

The Purl Bee - Molly's Sketchbook

And if you happen to be in Winnipeg and are heading out to the Fringe Festival this week, be sure to stop by Lune Vintage's Eggie. Jill has a huge collection of beautiful friendship bracelets on sale there, along with her vintage creations. And check out the beautiful photo she has of all those bracelets on her blog! Love!

Or you could always check out the ones I have available at the Tawny Bee shop:


Beaded Chevron Micro-Macrame Friendship Bracelets - Red and Green:
On Etsy
On Zibbet

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Sharing my latest friendship bracelets with:
The More The Merrier Monday - The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Make It Wear It - The Train To Crazy

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