A friendship bracelet is one of the symbols of friendship. it is usually handmade and composed of different colors of threads. Legend has it that if someone tied this bracelet around someone’s wrist, it entitles the recipient to a wish. And when the bracelet falls off by itself, the wish is believed to come true given that it is always worn by the person and was never removed.
Here’s how to make a spiral staircase friendship bracelet:
- Choose your thread. You can use embroidery floss, plain yarn, or any other medium-to- thick string. You’ll need three strands. (But once you know how to do this you can use more than three.) Contrasting colors––such as red, white and blue, or green, pink and white––will show off the intricacy of the bracelet better.
- Cut your thread. Cut a little more than you need rather than too little; remember that you can always cut more thread off if you need to. Wrap the thread about three to four times around your wrist or ankle. This should give you a pretty close guess of how much thread you’ll need. If your friend’s wrists or ankles are bigger or smaller than yours, adjust accordingly.
- Start your bracelet. Double-knot the three strings together at one side, so they stay together. This will be the first knot of your bracelet.
- Stabilize your bracelet. As you tie the bracelet, you’ll need the end to be tied down somehow so that your knots maintain consistent tension. You can tape the knotted end onto the edge of a table, counter, leg or to a chair. You could also clip it to a clipboard. Or, use a safety pin and attach it to a small pillow, or to the knee of your jeans; or make a loop with the string and put it around your toe. You may also let another person hold the end for you.
- Loop the first color. Hold two strings in one hand and the other string in the other hand. Cross the one string over and under the two. (It might look something like a ‘4’ shape.)
- Pull the thread through the loop. Take the tail, or end, of the ‘4’ by putting your hand in the wide space of the ‘4’ and pull the tail. As you tie the knot, pull the two strings in one hand vertically (downward), or parallel to your leg or the table. Pull the string with which you tied the knot horizontally, or perpendicular to your leg or the table. The knot will rise to the top, next to the first knot that you tied.
- Keep tying. Repeat the loop and the pull-through 10 to 15 times, then switch colors. You don’t have to switch, but if you decide not to, make sure the one color you want to use is longer than the others. As you stitch down the bracelet make sure that the pattern is curving nicely and looks like a spiral staircase.
- Stop when the bracelet fits. When the bracelet can fit around your wrist or ankle loosely, so you can take it off and put on, stop tying.
- Finish off. Tie the tail in a double knot, and tie the two ends of the bracelet together.
* If you want to have extra charms, you can use beads, buttons, hex nuts, or anything which suits the bracelet.
Et voila! A friendship bracelet!