Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bracelets galore...friendship and other beaded delights

I just can't seem to get enough of friendship bracelets lately.While pinning to my "Summer" board on Pinterest, I have seen photo after photo of beach dwellers donned with gobs and layers of the good old embroidery floss arm candy! I know this "trend" has been around for a while now, but I happen to love it. It brings back many memories, and I adore lots of color and textures. I call this a "trend" in quotes because these bracelets are SO NOT new, and I remember making them in high school all the time with my friends.
After I graduated from high school I would get together with a few of my friends and we would make tons of beaded bracelets, in particular seed beed bracelets. I still have a few of the creations I made in my jewelry box! I dedicate this post to all my friends whom I created jewelry with! Love you and miss you all! :-)

My latest obsession led me to look for new patterns and tutorials on how to make friendship bracelets. It has been a LONG time for me since I have tried knotting floss, so I needed to refresh my memory. While perusing google I found some great stuff and various images I would like to share with you...

First off...in a previous post I stated that I collect anchor jewelry, clothing, shoes etc...well when I came across this tutorial on youtube I freaked! I was so excited! I am totally going to try this one out!
Here is the video...

Here are the instructions in print:

- Anchor Bracelet Instructions -

Setup: 11 21 12 12 1 (GUIDE: 1-Navy Blue 2-White)

For small wrists 55" (inches) should be fine- larger wrists should try 65" (inches)

¦ For each *EVEN row you will leave out the far left strand, for each ODD row you will leave out the far right strand.

Row 1: FK/BK BK/FK FK FK/BK

*Row 2: FK/BK FK/BK FK BK/FK

Row 3: FK/BK FK/BK FK FK

*Row 4: FK FK FK BK/FK

Row 5: FK/BK FK BK FK

*Row 6: FK BK FK BK/FK

Row 7: FK/BK FK FK BK

*Row 8: BK FK FK/BK BK/FK

Row 9: FK/BK FK BK BK

*Row 10: BK FK BK/FK BK/FK


Then I found this ADORABLE heart tutorial HERE. I think this is so cute! another must try for sure...

Today a lot of the Friendship bracelets are embellished with beads, charms, chain and what ever you fancy...Here is a great DIY tutorial on how to do just that! Click HERE for details...




And here I found the mother-load!! patterns and instructions GALORE!! come and check this site out for all sorts of embroidery floss fun!!
CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

Here are some other images and ideas which I found via google image search...
Seed bead and leather layers...

Love the charms

summery beaded goodness!

Lots of beaded friendship bracelets

Beads, metal and what not

LOVE THIS

OMG..want that big crystal one!


Pure Vida bracelet...this would be easy to make


I like the earthy tones

PRETTY!

Festive!

Nice!! perfect for summer
Here is a pretty seed bead bracelet, much like the ones I used to make with my friends...
Read about this one HERE

I think I have some projects on deck for my down time wouldn't you say?? LOL! Now I know what I am going to be doing with all the leftover seed beads that I own!

Today I linked up my Starry Seaside Wrap dress at these link parties. Check them out to see what everyone posts! lots of fun stuff!



And yesterday I posted my dress here



I hope you are having a fabulous day!!
Until next post,
Amy

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