The suggested theme for today is ‘string’, with the remark, ‘add a knitting needle and you can make anything’. Well, I’m still learning that whole knitting malarkey and definitely wouldn’t be able to whip up anything worthwhile yet. I decided to make something that I was actually good at making and thus settled on creating a friendship bracelet (I made a couple for last year’s 30DoC). I toyed with the idea of finding some actual string and making a sort of ‘natural’ friendship bracelet but decided I would a) have more fun and b) be much more likely to wear it if I used some nice brightly coloured embroidery thread. With the London 2012 Olympic Games less than seven weeks away, I thought it would be topical to do something related to them. My initial thoughts were to use the colours of the Olympic rings, but sadly I had no blue embroidery thread. What to do? Then I spotted that I had two lovely shades of red and a very nice deep purple colour. I’m going to be a GamesMaker (Olympic volunteer) this summer, and those are the colours of the uniform. I whipped up this bracelet using the simplest method of making friendship bracelets (making the knot with one thread around all of the other ones, instead of just the one next to it) which creates the lovely spiral effect:
It’s hard to tell in the pictures but there are definitely two reds, one a deep shade and one a more tomatoey orange shade.
Today’s creation was pretty quick but it took me a little while to get the hang of the backwards knots again! It’s the friendship bracelet my brother requested when he saw me making my kakapo-themed version. He picked out the colours himself, and I set myself the challenge of making it in a nice masculine chevron pattern, something I never quite got the hang of when I was making these the first time round (age 10).
It’s a bit wonky in places, but not bad for a first attempt!
I’ve got a selection of clean, empty yoghurt pots in my craft room – bear with me, this is relevant, I promise – which contain combinations of beads and buttons which at some point will eventually be made into jewellery. Today I fancied making a beaded bracelet so I used my ‘Stardust’-inspired yoghurt-pot-of-beads and came up with this lovely bracelet:
The bead choices were inspired by the film and book ‘Stardust’ by Neil Gaiman, both of which I love. I also had general astronomy in mind when choosing the beads so they’re supposed to suggest the idea of stars, galaxies, twilight, the sun and moon…I’d be interested to know if I’ve got that idea across successfully!
I’ve been planning to make a friendship bracelet as part of the 30 Days of Creativity since it started. So today I sat down and started making knots. Amazingly I’d not forgotten how to do it…
It’s loosely based on the colours of the kakapo parrot, though ideally I’d have needed some pale yellow and white too. It took about an hour to make, and it’s really made me want to dig out the friendship bracelet book I had when I was a teenager and try some of the more exotic variations. I used to make friendship bracelets all the time when I was younger, pinning the threads to my school skirt at breaktime…ah, halcyon days!
My brother wandered in while I was making this one and predictably has requested one for himself, so you may well see that on a future Day of Creativity!