According to Mimsey's Fancy Nancy calendar, today is friendship day. According to the internet, tomorrow is friendship day. Instead of choosing sides, I'm declaring this friendship weekend!
I'm a child of the 1980's, so of course the first thing that pops into my mind are friendship bracelets. How did we celebrate friends before them? LOL!! Alas, my days of endless macrame knotting are far behind me, despite the lure of new embroidery floss. If I was going to make friendship bracelets, they needed to be simple, quick and pretty. Grown-up girl friendship bracelets. Jake suggested the name "grown-a$$-woman friendship bracelets." I have vetoed that name...
I adored the way that my surfer girl necklaces turned out. They were simple and pretty, but I wanted something with a more sophisticated aesthetic for these new bracelets. It occurred to me that if I used Super-Lon (instead of hemp) I might get more of a 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' look. It was worth a try...
The first version turned out horrible!! Ahahaha!!! But, the second try was just what I had hoped for. Part sophisticated, part fun, appropriate for every occasion! Mims also wanted me to make sure to tell you that it's waterproof too (in case you wanted to go swimming with her in her auntie's pool).
Grown-Up Girl Friendship Bracelets
size: approx. 7 1/2" bracelet
Super-Lon #18 micro-macrame thread (I used Montana Blue)
Size D crochet hook
4 mm round pearls, 70 (I used Crystazzi glass pearls)
10 mm round pearl, just one (I used Crystazzi glass pearls)
Surfer Girl Necklace. Add a slip knot to the cord about 3 inches in from the loose end.
Slide the first bead snugly against the slip knot. Using your crochet hook, yarn over (from the other side of the bead) and pull a loop though the slip knot to make the first chain (this bead will become the first half of the fastener for the bracelet). Chain 2 more times.
Slide the next bead up snugly to the chain. Yarn over from the other side of the bead to pull the loop through and attach the bead. Then slide the next bead up. Don't put an extra chain between stitches. Add a bead with each chain. **Handy Tip: Chain loosely! It pulls the bracelet out of shape if you chain too tightly.** Once you've added 35 beads (halfway done!), chain 8 without beads. That 'blank space' will become the loop for the other side of the bracelet fastener.
One last thing before I go: Karen and Laura, your prizes are sitting in my living room. Please email me your addresses so that I can mail them out to you. This is your last chance. If I don't hear from you by Sunday night, I'm going to have my Mema draw 2 more names... ;D