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Published by Fox Chapel Publishing, 2021-02-25 12:01:20

Making Alphabet Friendship Bracelets

Making Alphabet Friendship Bracelets-Flipbooks

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52 Designs and Instructions
for Personalizing

Narrow-Band Alphabet Narrow-Band Alphabet

Narrow-Band Alphabet

SUZANNE MCNEILL

Choosing Colors

Picking out the colors for your friendship bracelet is almost as fun as giving the finished bracelet to a friend!
The bracelets shared throughout this book have two main colors—background color and word color. You can’t
go wrong when picking colors, but if you’re going for a specific look, here are some tips to help you choose.

Meanings of Colors

RED ORANGE YELLOW GREEN BLUE
Warm, excited, Cheerful, Lively, optimistic, Relaxed, Loyal, reliable, calm,
determined, courageous enthusiastic, creative organized, happy honest, harmonious
honest, patient

PURPLE GRAY BROWN BLACK WHITE
Powerful, Careful, traditional, Confident, earthy, Elegant, sophisticated, Faithful, peaceful,
mysterious, magical simplistic, pure
intelligent genuine powerful

Beyond the Basics

Want to use more colors?
Got for it! Multicolored
words are a bit more
challenging but a lot of fun.
You can introduce a new
color for each letter or set
up your foundation strands
with two or more colors.

2 Making Alphabet Friendship Bracelets

Color Combos and Contrast

The biggest impact your color choice will have is how easily you can read the word on the bracelet. If your
goal is a word that really pops off your wrist, choose colors with high contrast. This means one color is light
and one colors is dark. If you’d like a word that whispers—almost like a secret message that needs a second
look—choose colors that have a similar value. To see value, take a quick photo of your skeins with your phone
and apply a black and white filter. If the colors look the same when viewed in black and white, they have a
similar value.

Black and white are high contrast colors that allow you to easily read the word on your alphabet bracelet.

School colors and sports team colors are usually high contrast and work well for bracelets.

When you pick two colors that are very different, it doesn’t matter which is the background or which is the word color. Either
will work great in both positions. These two bracelets both use orange and purple and you can see the phrases very clearly.
Picking two shades of the same color, such as light blue and medium blue, will make
a bracelet that doesn’t shout like a high contrast bracelet but is still easy to read.

These bracelets have the same word but very different color choices.
Notice how the red color creates a bolder looking bracelet.

Alphabet Bracelet Basics 3

4 With the working strand, work an FHH over all of Fig. 4a Fig. 4b
the strands and secure tightly (fig. 4a). Then work a FHH
second FHH over all of the strands (fig. 4b). 1
2 FHH
Refer to Basic Knots on page 5 for detailed
instructions on how to make each knot. Also see
Abbreviations on page 5.

Tip

Some people just
naturally make knots
tighter and some people
naturally make knots looser.
As long as the knots are
secure and consistent, both
are correct. Consistent
tension is what makes

a pretty bracelet.

5 Work a BHH over all of the strands and secure Fig. 5a Fig. 5b
(fig. 5a). Continue alternating FHH and BHH for
3/4" (2cm) for a smaller loop or 1" (2.5cm) for a larger loop
(fig. 5b).

Loop Lengths Center
BHH
This chart shows the loop size, loop
length when straightened and laid flat,
approximate number of HH needed, and how
much length each size loop adds to your

bracelet’s overall size.

Loop Loop Length Approx. Length
Size (straightened) No. Knots Added
Small 20 knots 1/4" (0.6cm)
Large 3/4" (2cm) 30 knots 1/2" (1.3cm)
1" (2.5cm)

10 Making Alphabet Friendship Bracelets

6 Remove the tape and fold so the knotted loop is even and the Fig. 6 Center
center point is at the top (fig. 6). Check that your strands are Make a loop with a
approximately the same length at the bottom. If one side is noticeably knotted section of
longer than the other, hold all the strands (except the working strand) border threads on
and carefully slide the knotted loop section until it’s centered on the outside and
your strands. letter threads in
the center
7 Secure the loop with tape on a board or other surface. The tape
should be aligned with the edges of the beginning loop. With the Clip out
working strand, FK the first row of the bracelet from left to right. As Fig. 8
you work across, FK strands 7 and 8 of the letter strands together as if
one strand for an odd number of letter strands. If your word is 8 letter
strands wide, work strands 7 and 8 individually (fig. 7).

8 Once you’ve knotted a few rows, clip off one of the doubled
strands to give you a total of 7 letter strands to knot the
remainder of the bracelet (fig. 8).

Tape and Tape
begin knotting
bracelet with the Tape
working strand Doubled
strands
Fig. 7

Tip

Although it’s easier
to use a hard surface
to knot a bracelet, you
can knot on a soft surface
like a pillow as well. Use
a safety pin to attach
the beginning loop to

your soft surface.

Knotting Alphabet Bracelets 11

ADtoDYoPuErRFSriOenNdAshLiIpZBErDaceFleLtAs!IR

Take your friendship bracelets to the next level! From What’s Inside:
Suzanne McNeill, author of the best-selling Friendship
Bracelets 101 and Friendship Bracelets 102, comes this quick, • Detailed instruction on how
simple, and fun guide that will show you how to braid letters, to braid personalized words,
names, numbers, symbols, messages, and more. Featuring names, numbers, symbols,
all the basics you need to know, step-by-step instructions, and messages
and helpful diagrams and illustrations, Making Alphabet
Friendship Bracelets provides endless inspiration to celebrate • Helpful tutorials on the
your family and friends and give them a personalized, one- meaning of colors, getting
of-a-kind bracelet they’ll love! Also included are more than started, basic knots to know,
50 graphs to use to knot motivational words and phrases, and starting and finishing
alphabets, and numbers so you can make custom bracelets for a bracelet
you and everyone you know!
• Step-by-step instructions,
corresponding illustrations,
and troubleshooting tips

• More than 50 graphs to use
in your designs

“ Meditative and calming for the crafter, and delightful and affirming for $7.99 US | $9.99 CAN DO6340
the recipient, Suzanne McNeill’s bracelet designs weave love, inspiration, 50799
and connection into a colorful gift friends will treasure.” ISBN: 978-1-4972-0504-8
EAN
—Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks and co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast
9 781497 205048
“M aking Alphabet Friendship Bracelets brings everyone’s favorite
handmade gift to the next level with fun, personalized DIY bracelet
tutorials for any occasion.”

—Jacinda Boneau, author of Pretty Prudent Home, www.PrettyPrudent.com

“ Like all of her previous books, McNeill’s Making Alphabet Friendship
Bracelets is a delightful guide with clear instructions, helpful charts,
and plenty of full-color photos. Jewelry makers of all ages will love this
creative collection of innovative bracelet designs.”

—Sarah Stearns, author, www.SarahMaker.com


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