Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blast from the Past, Friendship Bracelets

Honestly, I don't know when friendship bracelets came back into style but seriously I don't care... do you know why I don't care? Because I have been secretly making friendship bracelets all these years waiting for the resurgence to arrive and now that it has, I am basking in the glow, knowing that I rock and rock hard. Obvi, I have been making the simple braided version with embroidery floss since I learned how to braid. The more difficult bracelets, well they take some practice (check out this nifty DIY tutorial from Honestly WTF) and you don't always want to give your friends the fugly bracelets you make. Whether you call them friendship bracelets or buddy bands, they are back!

Want to know something that you probably didn't know or want to know about friendship bracelets? "The knotcraft and hand weaving used to create traditional patterns stems from Native American handcrafts, particularly from Central American tradition. According to indigenous tradition, the recipient of a friendship bracelet must wear it until the cords wear out and fall off naturally. (I have actually done this!) The idea is that the friend paid for it with the hard work and love that made it, and the recipient repays the friend by honoring the work. Removing the bracelet before it naturally falls off is a sign that the friendship has gone sour (what if I accidentally lost it because I have unnaturally thin wrists?). Another variation of this tradition is that the recipient of a bracelet is entitled to a wish. After the bracelet wears out and falls off naturally, the wish will come true (I wish I had wished I wouldn't lose my friendship bracelet)." (Thank you, Wikipedia)

Anyways, I am thinking of setting up camp and busting out some new bracelets.Who wants in on a crafting party where we make bracelets, watch Are You Afraid of the Dark? and eat Pizza Rolls?

1 comment:

  1. boy do I wish I lived near by and could join you! Friends forever!!


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