So if you're like me, you subscribe to a shit ton of blogs on your Google Reader but don't really know where everything is coming from as you're scrolling through. The only way I can really tell which blog a post came from (besides scrolling back up to the top of the post, obviously) is if it has photos showing the writer of the blog, and THAT only works if I recognize the author! And of course if a blogger doesn't post regularly, you could ask me "Do you subscribe to / Have you heard of XYZ blog?" and even if I subscribed to it, I would look at you funny and say, "You know, I think that rings a bell, but I'm not sure...." So pretty much I'm telling you that I have no idea of the source of the things I read everyday. I just read it.
Well when I came across this blog post I'm about to share with you on my Google Reader, and looked to see what blog it came from I was like "Uhhhhh what the heck blog is that?!" Isn't that so bad of me?! Shame on me, I know. But let me tell you, I will be paying a lot more attention to this blogs posts in my reader from now on!
So here is the photo (and a LINK!) of what I saw:
Pretty awesome looking bracelets, right?!
Well, the tutorial looked easy enough (no fancy knotting patterns, no finger weaving, no special crocheting or threading, etc) but after reading through 20+ pages of Pinstrosity a few weekends ago, I have been leery of any "simple" DIY claim. This claim: simply crossing a few cords over one another will give you an awesome end result!
My conclusion: it worked like a charm!
Here are some SUPER professional iPhone snaps and a few comments about my process:
After a few "moves"
Sweet looking bracelet coming out the other end!
This beautiful photo of a cut out note pad back is to show what I made my form from. Super easy supply aka no need to go buy a fancy form
I used about 40" pieces of embroidery floss doubled up. So each color was approximately 20" long. This photo is just to show how much I had left over. This isn't like the knotted friendship bracelets where you have to make the threads REALLYYYYYYYY long. I'd say 18" strands are probably good. But don't forget you need to save room for the beginning and ending knots!
I attached jump rings to each and and a clasp so I could take it on and off. Also added a little faceted drop of gold to add a little more shine. :)
Seriously this could quite possibly be one of the easiest friendship bracelets I have ever made, aside from something braided maybe. But this is very unique and really cute! I love it! I'm so glad this blog is dumping fabulous content into my Google Reader! Thanks Made in Pretoria! And God bless the wonder of RSS! ;)