Friendship bracelets: Do you make them?

United States
June 20, 2007 1:25pm CST
Back when I was in Junior high (which was about 15 years ago) the big thing was making friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss. I used to make all different kinds and enjoyed doing it. But over the years it just seemed to die out. Well here recently my mom went and bought a book on making them and made all of her grandkids a bracelet. My stepson loved his and I had told him that I used to make them. So he asked me to teach him how. I went to the library and got some books and have started to teach him. He is learning fairly well but really surprised me was how I picked right back up on it like I had never stopped making them. Now I am hooked on making them again. So I am wondering. Did you ever make these when you were a kid? Do you still make them? What was your favorite design to make? Please share your insight on this!!!
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I haven't made friendship bracelets, but have made Faith bracelets, where each of the 7 colors stands for something. Learned how to do it at a Women's Ministry function. Then I made them and sold quite a few of them.
• United States
20 Jun 07
Yeah that is what my stepson wants to do. He wants to make a bunch and sell them. Are the faith bracelets made the same way? Could you explain a little bit further. I am not a really religious person so could you tell me what the 7 different colors are and what they stand for? Thanks for sharing.
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I was going to add a pic of one, but don't see how to do it within this discussion. Here are what the colors represent: When looking at the yellow bead it's beauty you will see, it represents the perfect light God is to you and me. Our sins represent the black bead we all fall short this way, but God is ready to forgive the faithful when they pray. The red bead is so special, with His life, God's son did pay. Jesus shed His blood on Calvary, to wash our sins away. The green bead brings to remembrance, the new life that we live, it reminds us to be thankful, to love, to share to give. The blue bead is important without it you can't win, for baptism is essential, for remission of your sins. The white bead stands for purity, a perfect sacrafice, an excellent example, of how to live our lives. The crown of life is represented by the purple bead, it is given to the faithful, to wear eternally.
• United States
21 Jun 07
Thank you so much for sharing the poem. So I take it they were made out of beads? You know one of the designs that I have relearned to do could easily be incorporated with these colors. I may make some and give to some people with the poem.
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21 Jun 07
Well as you know too well I am in Scotland and I am thinking that maybe we done them different. DI dyou do a flat band made out of embroidery thread. When I was about 13 or so we used to make them but we didn't make them for friends. We made them to sell and it was our little enterprise. We sold them for 50p each and we made about three a day so it was good pocket money. We could only do a design of diamonds but I think if I was asked to make one right now I would probably struggle. We used to do something else whcih was a real friendship thing where it involved wrapping sections of different coloured embroidey thread around a small section of pleat near the front of your hair and best friends would have matching ones. We could keep them in for weeks on end and just miss them out when we were shapooing our hair. Now when I see children with them I think it looks rubbish but back then we just thought we were the coolest. Now the only time people seem to get them is when they go on holiday to spain and stuff like that. It would be so good if I could do something that cheap and look so cool. I just dont think it works though in a full grown woman.
• United States
21 Jun 07
Yes most of them are flat bands. I have found so many different books that show different designs. Some actually have letters spelled out in them. There are some really neat ones.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
20 Jun 07
hey, well i never did make them out of embroidery floss, but i have made them out of gimp and now i make them out of hemp...i also make keychains out of hemp and made a ton of em last year!
• United States
20 Jun 07
cher, sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing with me.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I never mastered how to make a friendship bracelet. It was something kids a few years younger than myself seemed more into than my peers. We made friendship pins for a few years- just safety pins with beads put on them & then you wore them on your sneaker's laces.
• United States
20 Jun 07
I think I remember the friendship pins. I have also seem people wear them on thier clothes. Thanks for sharing.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I used to make them as a kid also- My daughter makes them now- but it isn’t floss- She uses a plastic type of material and beads and charms-- all the girls wear them- It’s neat- They use different colors- she has a couple of books on these- and also makes hemp bracelets- they wear these as anklets- I bought her a hemp bracelet kit for Valentines day- She loves it- She is into all kinds of crafts-