After years of rolling my eyes at other girls' armparties, once gain I retract my own statement. You see, I used to wear loads and loads of bracelets, festival bands, spikes, rubber bands and friendship bracelets stacked on top of each other around my wrists in high school... And then I got tired of the look. Wearing tons of stuff around your arm started feeling tired, overdone, ubiquitous, hence I was like F THAT SHIT I'M OUT. And I stopped wearing muchos accessories altogether.
I don't know if you're aware of this fact, but friendship bracelets are (like Hansel) SO hot right now. They remind us of simpler times, but more importantly, they look FUNKY! And they are fun + easy to make. I'm pretty sure that anyone can master the simple stripe or chevron pattern, in case they are using the right supplies.
WHAT YOU NEED: embroidery thread (borduurdraad). Comes at about 1-2€ for about 8 meters of thread. I bought my supply at Veritas, they have a nice selection of colors! Try to work out what kind of bracelets you want to create beforehand, so your colors are coordinated appropriately. I went with some brights, some pastels and some darker hues for maximum variety in my options!
WHAT YOU'LL DO: is explained here perfectly, including pictures. Yeah I know I'm lazy, but why fix something if it ain't broke? One note I have: be sure to use long enough strands of thread. I have tiny wrists and get by with about 80 cm per thread of one color, so if you have normal wrists you'll need more. You don't want to end up with a bracelet that's too short to tie!
If the explanation of the knotting method isn't clear to you at first(you're not alone), just check out this link for a clear pic and a video. This is my first attempt. I tied the end to my little toe, which I do not recommend if you aren't ultra flexible. I got a cramp in my hip SEVERAL times.
WHAT YOU'LL END UP WITH:
I based my work on the chevron pattern but worked some variations in there. Doesn't look perfect up close, but still pretty alright from a slight distance :-D Once you get the hang of the basic chevron style knotting, you'll be able to improvise and insert some of your own designs in there. Just stay focused so you don't mess up (too much).
But be warned: making friendship bracelets is pretttttty addictive. Have fun!