Friends are a gift of life and the most prized possession in one’s life. True friends are eternally linked to each other by the invisible string of love, trust, and faith, intertwined in an intricate pattern, which can weather the test of the most difficult times. Friendship bracelets symbolise this unique bond between two friends.
Friendship bracelets originated in Central America in the 1970s, in the form of macramé, which is a weaving and knotting design. These enigmatic little trinkets are difficult to tie and untie, and the recipient has to wear it till the bracelet itself wears out, and thus honouring the friend for the effort and time put into the project.
The art of macramé, which is knotting and weaving of threads in an intricate pattern, can be dated back to China from 481 to 221 B.C., and also Arabia in the 13th C. Over the centuries the sailors visiting these places picked up the nuances of the art form, and spread it to the different countries. Interestingly, to this day macrame includes the sailors’ knot-tying repertoire.
Friendship bracelets are the perfect gift for your friend, and most importantly, they are easy to make, and a fun project, if you put your mind to it. Here are the instructions on making the easiest of them all, the candy stripes.
You will need:
6 strands of Embroidery floss in different colours
How to make:
30 inches of floss has to be cut. Basically the measurement is done from in between the finger tips to the shoulder.
The embroidery floss should be of alternating colours.
Take all the strands together and tie an overhead knot at the edges and make a braid three inches down from this knot.
At the end of the 3 inches tie another knot
Now keep the strands on a table and get them in order. Once that is done you have to do the following procedure. Keep in mind that the strand which is on the left will be the first row.
Take the first strand, and pass it over the second strand knot over the second strand.
Continue knotting the first strand on all the remaining strands
Repeat the process of knotting with the second string on all the remaining strands
Keep going until you have 3-4 inches of knotting done.
The final product will be a candy striped friendship bracelet.
The popular gift on friendship day is a Friendship Band. Rather than buying it from the market, one can easily make it at home using a little bit of creativity. The process shall be sheer fun and also that your friend shall love to receive this unique piece of Friendship day band.
You will need:
How to make:
Make sure that you cut the string as per the length of the wrist and tie a knot at one end.
String beads on the making a pattern that you like most keeping in mind to leave room to tie the knot at the other end. One can also create the friends name with her beads taking the form of the alphabets.
There are two options – either tie a purchased clasp or just tie a knot at the end.
Each colour depicts a particular quality of the friend. So while making a friendship bracelet you must keep in mind the meaning of the different colours.
Pink - kind
Red - honest
Orange - energetic
Yellow - cheerful
Green - responsible
Blue - loyal
Black – strong
So if your friend is responsible, energetic and strong , then the threads used should be black, green and orange.
Friends are certainly the most important ingredients in the recipe of life. They add zest and liveliness. So why not show your appreciation to that friend in your life by presenting him/her with a beautifully hand-woven friendship bracelet.