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How to Make Friendship Bracelets With Letters and Numbers

Updated on May 13, 2016
Embroidery floss skein
Embroidery floss skein
Home made loom with top and bottom slits.
Home made loom with top and bottom slits.

Before You Start

Before you start, you're going to need a few things:

  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • A Homemade 'loom'

Embroidery floss can be found at any craft store, so far I haven't been able to find it at Walmart or Target. Embroidery floss can come in packs, or you can buy separate skeins. The price for a pack is around 8 dollars and for a single skein it usually costs under a dollar.

While making this bracelet, you're going to have a lot of loose strings everywhere. To avoid getting everything tangled and to make things a little easier I made myself a 'loom'. All you have to do is:

  1. Get a cardboard box and cut off one side of the box.
  2. On the top edge of the cardboard, cut one slit in the middle about 1 inch long.
  3. On the bottom edge (spread these out evenly), cut 11 slits about 1 inch long. Now you've got your very own loom, and you're ready to start.

Measuring the string from fingertips to elbow.
Measuring the string from fingertips to elbow.
Folding the five strings in half. (thus creating ten strings).
Folding the five strings in half. (thus creating ten strings).

Cutting Your String & Getting Started

  1. First you're going to have to pick the colors you want. For your first name bracelet you should keep it simple until you feel comfortable with it. So pick two colors that you want your bracelet to be. One color will be the color of the letters/numbers, and the other will be the background color.
  2. Once you pick your colors, you need to cut your string. Using the embroidery floss that will be the color of your letters/numbers, measure from your finger tips to your elbow. Once you do that, double it and cut that piece. Repeat this process until you have 5 pieces this length. (in my example, my letters will be yellow).
  3. Now take the embroidery floss that will be your background color and pull out some string from the skein. In my example my background color will be green. You will be using this color the most, so you need plenty of it.
  4. Fold the 10 strings in half, and take your background color, and make a knot at the top. This knot will be used to tie your bracelet onto your wrist later.
  5. Put the knot into the top slit of your cardboard loom. You should have 11 strings total.
  6. Place each string into a separate slit at the bottom of your cardboard loom, and make sure your background color string is in the slit all the way on the left.

Add in your background color string. DO NOT fold the background string in half like the other strings. After you add this string you will have a total number of 11 strings.
Add in your background color string. DO NOT fold the background string in half like the other strings. After you add this string you will have a total number of 11 strings.
This is what your string should look like after you make the knot at the top. Remember, you should have 11 strings.
This is what your string should look like after you make the knot at the top. Remember, you should have 11 strings.
Put your knot into the top slit of your loom.
Put your knot into the top slit of your loom.
Put all of the strings into their own slit. putting the background colored string into the slit all the way to the left.
Put all of the strings into their own slit. putting the background colored string into the slit all the way to the left.
This is what it should look like after you complete five rows.
This is what it should look like after you complete five rows.

Starting Your Bracelet

When starting your bracelet, your going to have to do a few rows to start out. This shapes the bracelet and makes it easier for you to see the letters. On average I start out by doing 5 rows of the background color.

  1. To make a row, take your background color (green) and make a forward knot with the string to the right of it.
  2. After you make a forward knot on that string, put it in the slot to left of its original slot. This way you know what the next string is that you need to make a knot on.
  3. Then proceed to make forward knots on the rest of the strings.
  4. Once you get to the last string, you've made a row.
  5. Now take your background color and repeat the process, but this time going in the opposite direction and using the backward knot.

Repeat this process until you have completed about five rows.

How to Add the Letters

Now, it's time to add your letters.

In my example, my bracelet is going to say 'ABC 123'

This is going to seem complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it it's easy to do.

Below is a picture of the alphabet and numbers 1 through 9.

I'll show you how I made it easier on myself to learn.

Letters

This is how the letter will look on your bracelet. I'll show you how to use them.
This is how the letter will look on your bracelet. I'll show you how to use them.

Numbers

This is how the numbers will look on your bracelet.
This is how the numbers will look on your bracelet.
This is the first two rows drawn out for the letter A.
This is the first two rows drawn out for the letter A.
This is how the letter will look once it is all drawn out. And this is how it will appear as you put in on your bracelet.
This is how the letter will look once it is all drawn out. And this is how it will appear as you put in on your bracelet.

Drawing Out Your Desired Letter

To make it easier on myself, I draw out how it's going to look. This helps me figure out whether or not to make a backward knot or a forward knot.

The letter on your bracelet will be placed horizontally. So to help me out, I draw my pictures sideways since that is how I see them as I make them on the loom. I'll show you an example, and I'll walk you through how I made my 'A'.

  1. First, to draw out my A I use two different color markers and my little sketching notebook.
  2. Looking at the picture of the A, I started by drawing the first row on the left. The first row on the left is just another row of the background color. So all ten of my marks are blue.
  3. On the row next to it, there is one knot of the background color first, then 7 of the letter color, then two of the background color again.
  4. On the third row, there are four knots of the background color, then one of the letter color, then three of the background color, one of the letter color, and then one of the background color.
  5. This row is repeated so you draw it again as your fourth line.
  6. And line five is the same as line two, so you just draw the same thing.

Drawing out your letters and numbers isn't required, but it is useful.

row 1
row 1
row 2
row 2
row 3
row 3

Using Your Drawing to Make Your First Letter

Now take a look at your drawing, and focus on the top row.

Usually, when starting a letter, the top row is a full row of the background color. You can choose to skip this if you want to. I chose to skip it for now since we made five rows of our background color.

Your background color string should be all the way to the right.

  • To make my A, I need to make two backward knots with my background color string.
  • Now, using the yellow string that is to the left of my background color string, I need to make a forward knot. Making the forward knot with the yellow string will make this knot yellow.
  • I need to repeat this process seven times, and then I make a backward knot with my background color to complete the row.

For my second row:

  • I need to use my background color to make four forward knots.
  • Now using the yellow string to the right of my background color, I make one backward knot. Using my background color again, I make three forward knots.
  • Now using the yellow string to the right of my background color, I need to make a backward knot.
  • Then to finish the row, I use my background color to make a forward knot.

For my third row, I just make it match the second row. And for my fourth row, I make it match the first row.

After your first letter is finished, you should make two rows of your background color so that there is some space between your letters.

row 4 the A is finished. and my next step is to make two rows of my background color for spacing.
row 4 the A is finished. and my next step is to make two rows of my background color for spacing.

Now you just repeat the steps for each of your letters.


Helpful Tips

  • Make sure that you make your knots tight. But not too tight, embroidery floss can break, and it's a pain trying to work with short strings.
  • Drawing out your letters will help you. I definitely recommend it.
  • To tie off your bracelet, take all eleven strings and make one knot. (the same knot you used when you first started this bracelet, before you put it in the loom.) After you tie them off, split the eleven strings into two groups, and braid each group. now you can use these braids to tie on your bracelet.
  • http://hbernb.atspace.com/ is my 'go to' site. It is extremely helpful.

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great hub. I found the pictures especially useful. I am more of a visual learner and am sometimes confused by written instructions.

      Namaste.

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      Brianna Wisniewski 6 years ago

      You should make a vid. It seems like it'd be a lot easier to understand that way. :)

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      Mia Lopez 6 years ago

      Wow!I understood very well! This is perfect.THANK YOU. Videos would be even better but this was fine. Good job (:

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      matt 6 years ago

      i have been trying to find how to make my name for a while and thanks to u i found it

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      Shelby 6 years ago

      thanks a lot! this is so helpful! the pictures really helped too

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      jennifer 6 years ago

      i wish you would give more specific lengths because everyones arms are not the same...

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      Lindsey 6 years ago

      jennifer, it's difficult to give a specific length. the important thing is that you don't run out of thread.

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      mickymar 6 years ago from Arizona

      Great instructions! Pictures are a big plus.

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      123 6 years ago

      can u show us how 2 do other letters plz?

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      Bat eyes 6 years ago

      Wow! Great hub with lots of information!

      I always found making friendship bracelets hard, though...

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      SunnyConger 6 years ago from Oregon

      I'm new to Hub so I'm curious if there's any way to save this page? I saw that you can "View Comments You Posted" (pretty sure that's what it was called) so I'm leaving this comment so I can come back here. I love the information! Thanks!

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      Lindsey 6 years ago

      to Sunny Conger,

      you could also add this page to your bookmarks or favorites using your internet browser.

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      PixieDivine 6 years ago

      This was very helpful, although I'm still a bit confused about measuring your wrist :( I'm still a bit unsure about it..

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      Darian 6 years ago

      Does anybody know how to make a $ in a braclet?!?!?!?

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      selena gomez 6 years ago

      useful

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      Dksoccer 6 years ago

      Thanks this helped a lot!

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      Dksoccer 6 years ago

      To make a $ you do an S but make it smaller and then add in the line but it shows better when you do two lines. I just did it and it works

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      PassinItAlong 6 years ago

      That looks complex to me but i think it could be worth it, thank you for the hub.

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      abrill09 6 years ago

      very nice article, i like it sooooooooo much. fantastics.

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      Starting a small business

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      emily 6 years ago

      help cant don't get it to confusing

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      georgie 6 years ago

      wait i am confused how do u get the green to the other side when your working with the yelow but u need the green on the other side

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      Miranda 6 years ago

      uhmm...forward knot?? backward knot?... what???...

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      gina 6 years ago

      it says make 5 pieces of yellow. where do you get 10 from??

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      Holly 6 years ago

      What would you say is the maximum letters you can do in a bracelet?

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      rachael 6 years ago

      how do you make the loop at the top?

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      reemhmam 6 years ago

      great

      thanks

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      errorsomi 6 years ago

      Great hub!

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      miley fenderbender 6 years ago

      thanks sooo much now i know what i'll make for my bff!!!

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      Lindsey 6 years ago

      you are constantly working with the green string, it always moves with you. whether you are making a yellow not or green knot. you have 5 pieces of yellow string, and you fold them in half which makes 10, and thats how you get the loop at the top.

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      miley fenderbender  6 years ago

      i have a question; can u put of picures of the drawings of other letters besides just the letter "A"?

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      artan!!!jk89788 6 years ago

      uhh i cant do the rows i don't understand

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      anna 6 years ago

      the loom is very helpful

      this is my first time and i wanted to make a bracelet with her name on it for my friend's birthday.

      without this i wouldn't have been able to do that.

      Thank you so much!

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      shan 6 years ago

      oh my god this was amazing thank you so much for your help!

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      Pie  6 years ago

      I've been trying to do this and I will just have to try again! Thanks.

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      steph 6 years ago

      OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH!

      the first few times I read through it,

      I didn't understand, but eventually I did and I made a really awesome bracelet!

      thanks :)

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      Jim 6 years ago

      Very great power balance wristband you have here. As one blogger to another one, I know power balance bracelet how tough and how much time it requires to come up something great.power balance bands

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      wow.. this is intensive! Thanks so much. Love it.

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      peace girl 6 years ago

      This is good site but explain with more detail.My sister who is eleven did not get it till i came,read it and made it myself.Make it more simple for your younger readers. Also i was not happy when my sis told me that there was only the letter a tought. She does not even have the letter a in her name because her name is Jenny.plus you should also show how to make the harder letters like J,K,Z,Y,Q and W.So anyways i am kind of disipointed that this website did not work well because all my friends in high school tell me to tell my sister about this site. I wish I did not have to lie to my friends saying it actully worked for my sister because it did not. Anyways i sujest this website for 14 year olds and older because it would be to hard for anyone youngeer to understand! please try to change this site just a bit for your younger readers.Last but not least please make a video showing how to make all the alfabets.So everyone will know how to make there name. But for me anyways this was a great website because i am older an i understand a bit better.Thanks anyway. bye (8

      love

      nikki

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      Anatolian Shepherd Lvr 6 years ago

      This is so useful! Even a 10 year old can do this!

      Galileo and

      Peace Guy

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      Extra #428 6 years ago

      The loom tip was very helpful, thank you.

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      Corina 6 years ago

      this is the most helpful thing i have ever read on the internet on making these bracelets... thanks!

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      Teresa 6 years ago

      this is very helpful, except if you could put pictures like you did with the A with all the lines, that would be fantastic!

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      Megan i a bit confused on making the first row of a letter. i dont get how the background color gets to the other side 6 years ago

      i am a bit confused on making the first row of a letter. how does the background colo get to the other side of the bracelet?

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      madi 6 years ago

      I am also confused, how does the green get to the other side with out making a knot with it.

      Thanks for the great help! (:

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      Amanda 6 years ago

      thx XD it helped me a lot on how to make a perfect valentines gift for my boyfriend

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      Kaylenn Marie 6 years ago

      can you please please please help me in making something that says

      "12.2.10.?"

      Please ASAP please!

      thanks(:

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      briannaGRL101 6 years ago

      thnx!! this helped a lot!! now i can make one without messing up:)

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      ellie 6 years ago

      thnx so much this is a great website:)

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      spiderman 6 years ago

      what if i run out of backround string?

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      maya 6 years ago

      so helpful! thanks!!!

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      Caroline 6 years ago

      This was absolutley amazing! This was the first and ONLY site I looked at. I added this page as a favorite and will continue to use this in the future ;) thanks so much, and I don't think videos are needed....its pretty well said...

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      Jessie 6 years ago

      Omg i dunno what i would have done if i never found this site i found it simple to make the letters using the pictures you have up im making some bracelets for my cousins and friends :)

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      frienship bracelet girl 6 years ago

      OK so i got up to the part where you do the five rows at the top after that everything was confusing!!!!!!

      please make a video

      also could you teach how to make more letters

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      sarah 6 years ago

      @ spiderman if u run out of background string just tie some more string at the end of the last background string that's what i did

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      Barb 6 years ago

      omg thank you so much i just made an R and it came out so perfect!!! :)

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      Megan 6 years ago

      does this work with yarn too?

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      KOBEEE 6 years ago

      this was really helpful but i think a video might have been EVEN better. but its still really awesome. by the way, the makeshift loom? really great and helpful. THANKS FOR POSTING THIS (:

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      TACO 6 years ago

      I am 12 and I found this hard to understand. When I tried it it didn't turn out very good. A video would help out SO much! I think this kind of bracelet is very cool!(:

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      JLO 6 years ago

      The only reson this doesn't work for younger people and starters are because you don't know the more complex part of bracelet making. I'm 11 and I have been doing bracelets for 5 years. I know what all this stuff means. So what I say is that before you try this patteren do some more simpler bracelets like the double chain or candy strip then try this. I did it and it workede out perfectly.

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      Ashlynn 6 years ago

      what this made perfect sense until you got to the part where u came up with 11 strings ..... i used pink and purple so i folded em all in half got ten purple (for the back) and 2 pink what do i do with the extra what the heck!! also i thought we needed more of the background color i have more of the letter color

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      Ashlynn 6 years ago

      k so how do you add more string to your bracelet once your one piece of background color runs out......also do you put the other green background color along with the knowt (so not included in the rest of the bracelet)

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      secret 6 years ago

      i am 12 years old and i have made bracelets for 4 years now but this website is sooooo confusing i think a video would be more helpful please make 1

      cheers

      secret

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      KDOG123 6 years ago

      i was trying to do it but its doesn't turn out right and im doing everything you said..... i don't know why

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      **K** 6 years ago

      I'm trying to make the letter k. i am confused on how the back ground colour gets back to the left hand side while making the letter colour forward knots?. please help. also it would be useful for people for you to design a series of short videos on how to do each letter. the loom was a great usful idea

      k thanks :)

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      purpletaco 6 years ago

      that helped me a lot! thanks! i hav been making friendship bracelets for a long time and i hav made the same ones for EVER! now i can make new ones for my friends thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):)

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      mary agee 6 years ago

      this is so AWESOME i am so glad i found hubpages :)

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      emmy lou 6 years ago

      the loom is an awesome idea and sooo helpful. it looks hard but i am starting to understand! :))

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      Jenny 6 years ago

      This was really helpful! I tried making one of these w/o a loom and ended up giving up on it:( my friend showed me this and I found it helpful! The only problem is that you showed us all the letters on the bracelet instead of it on the paper. I can't really figure out how to make a 'J' w/o a cap! If you could post your letter patterns that would be great! Thanks so much;)

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      Katie 6 years ago

      Ihad to make my green SUPER long for the bracelet but it came out GREAT

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      Lopezlover :) 6 years ago

      I just want to say that this website was really helpgul once I learned figured out how to do a letter it all went easy from there :)

      Thanks :)

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      K. C 6 years ago

      just figured it out and it is so easy to do the a but mabey could u do it with a different letter please?

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      Danielle 6 years ago

      I am wondering how I could make like two words, each a different color. I want to do "Jet Life", Jet in black and Life in red. Suggestions?

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      Heather 6 years ago

      This is great. I was having trouble drawing out the name on paper - it kept getting crooked. I printed off a piece a graph paper and just colored in the squares which made it much easier.

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      ? :) 6 years ago

      How far apart do you put the letters? And how long do you make the string? Thanks:) cool and awesome website!

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      Kelsey 6 years ago

      WOW! this really did work I'm a little confused on the rest of the letter considering my name Has no ''a'' in it but i can akways count the single stiches in the example letters to make my drawing

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      .... 6 years ago

      Wow! It actually does work! I have a Awsomee bracelet that i have been trying to make forever and i diddn't know it could be SOOO simple! :D it took just 1 day and there it was amazing! haha

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      Sara 6 years ago

      How Do You Skip The Yellow?? Would That Not Mess Up Your Bracelet At The Back???

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      Delaney 6 years ago

      Wow, thanks!

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      Johnny Snow 6 years ago

      huh cool

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      Confused 6 years ago

      This seems really cool! My cousin made these for all her friends,and my other cousin started making these. She was showing me this website and how to do them but I am still confused?

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      Ashely 6 years ago

      It helps if instead of drawing out the letters, making them in an excell page then printing them.

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      Makayla Osborne  6 years ago

      It helped so much,for me (which i'm a blonde) :)

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      I need the letter S. please show me a link that i can get to making it please!! :) THANKS!!

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      Caitlin 6 years ago

      hey! i want to make a bracelet that says prom? help!

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      Knitting and Knotting Girl 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for these tips. I have been struggling to knot my name, but these tips are super easy to follow.

      Aged 13

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      Carrie 5 years ago

      Your directions were very easy to follow, thanks. But I do have a question: when I do the letters, the knots aren't tight against the previous row; there's a little gap. How do I get the knots to stay tightly together like the background color does?

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      ali 5 years ago

      thanks this helped a ton

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      NikkiLynn 5 years ago

      This was so helpful! Awesome job explaining. Thanks so much!

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      Janelle ;) 5 years ago

      look pretty easy now !!

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      Lily 5 years ago

      How many rows should be in between the letters? and by the way thanks so much :)

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      Mia 5 years ago

      this is awesome!!

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      Cmist 5 years ago

      How do u do it so easily! How long does it usually take?

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      i want to make a FS bracelet

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      lala12ahiska 5 years ago

      can you show ho to make letter s please

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      Allie31 5 years ago

      thanks soo much!! I just found the string i've been saving so I can make my Nanny's best friends granddaughter one of these! thanks

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      asdfghjkl 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! You're really good at explanation! :)

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      joanne ramrattan 5 years ago

      thanks to you my best friend loves the bracelet i made for her your soooooooo awesome!!!

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      April 5 years ago

      would love to know where to buy these

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      Teryn hartline 5 years ago

      Hey that was very helpful I am going to make bracelets with my friends names on them for Christmas so this helped me learn how to do it but mabey making a video can help allittle more

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      Kayla 5 years ago

      Thx it's really useful! I'm going to a concert and want to put the band's name on a bracelet. SO HELPFUL! Thx!

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      Austyn 5 years ago

      how do you end the bracelet?

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      ... 5 years ago

      you should show us how to do letters on a bracelet with only eight strings

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      selena gomez fan 5 years ago

      i love this idea it really works good job

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      Candace 5 years ago

      When you do the forward/ backward knot with the letter string, you are doing in across the background string so it moves over.

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      Kiya Michelle 5 years ago

      I would like to buy a bracelet, but your website gives me no help on the subject.

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      Holly Hilbert 5 years ago

      I tried to do this but i cant get the length og the background one because im trying to do the name K-Y-L-E and i need help!

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      Selena Rembrant 5 years ago

      Thanks this will help me with my buisiness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Emily Powers 5 years ago

      Hello! This was really great. This was all I needed to try my first bracelet with letters. I just googled friendship bracelets with letters and this came up (: I found this last year at the end of August just as I was about to leave for a weekend trip. I took note of all of the letters so I would know how to do them all and When I came back from the weekend I had made myself my very own name bracelet (: Then I had friends left and right asking me to make one for them. It was pretty awesome, but I just wanted to drop by and say thanks. I added this page to my favorites so I wouldn't lose it... ya know... just in case. But anyways... THANK YOU!!

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      Brittney 5 years ago

      soooooo helpful!!! super glad, 'cause i couldn't find anything as helpful for my secret santa.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!! :)

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      Brenda 5 years ago

      This is so great and helpful! i just have one question, how do i get it so that the letter are tight? they wont knot like my background color and i can't figure out why. I'm doing it opposite and stuff too...

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      Amanda 5 years ago

      This is very helpful. I was just wondering if you knew how to do hearts, peace sigh and stuff like that.

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      ToniC 5 years ago

      Hey thank you so much for this post. It was really helpful and easy to understand unlike some of the videos i have watched on youtube.

      I have a question. I know that the lengths will be different depending but how many letters do you think will fit on one bracelet? Just so i know what i want to put on mine. :) xx

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      Grace 5 years ago

      WOW! thanks so much i've always wanted to know how to make these :)xx

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      Jj 5 years ago

      This was OK but not great you know we have different arm length and its confusing you only tell us the letter "a" n show a video for the younger ones. I'm 15 and I've been making bracelets since I was 8 n this is confusing

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      Bracelet maker 101 5 years ago

      This was very useful I'm glad I found it thanx

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      Victoria 5 years ago

      Makes sense!

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      ll 5 years ago

      I don't get the knots that you need to learn!!!! Can someone help me?!! Please!!

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      CrazyCurby 5 years ago

      OMG this is like sooooo easy i cant believe u guys don't get it

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      leanne 5 years ago

      way to easy!!!

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      kaitltn 5 years ago

      How can you make a 9

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      Meliisa 5 years ago

      This looks so well put together Ive been trying to learn how to do the letters but Ive failed so much i followed other people directions but it hasn't worked.:( so Im going to try this hopefully it goes well.

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      kelsey 5 years ago

      im 11 and i don't get this at all its really confusing to me. how long do u cut the backround string??? i don't think that it says it

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      PigDogCatMouse 5 years ago

      I think that this is going to work. I like the idea.

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      Cindy 5 years ago

      It will come in handy to me when I start trying it. Thanks Lindseyjo. And jazz, it won't take you 4 hours to read. It will only take you ten or twenty minutes to read.

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      helloh o 5 years ago

      That was great!But I don't undertand how finish off the first row of letter "A",since my background color is to the right when I have to use it on the left.

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      Andrea 5 years ago

      what happens if you run out of string? is there a way to tie another to it and continue?

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      Shania 5 years ago

      how do I do the letter S?

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      Showdown 5 years ago

      This was a lot of help i made it no problem in fact i did 4 in a couple hours.

      including LLAMA, HUEY, GIANTS, and LOVE! thanks so much!!!!:)

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      heat :) 5 years ago

      how do you make them with three colors?

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      morgan 5 years ago

      I've looked all over for a way to put letters into bracelets and i finally found it! Thanks so much!!!

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      lilly 5 years ago

      a bit confusing for a 5 year like me but i'll get the hang of it

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      Sara 4 years ago

      Can u do the s cuz I don't know how to and the r ??? Plz!!!

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      Sara 4 years ago

      Nvm but can I do the bracelet with less string or no????

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      Xmas 4 years ago

      ummmm... like if u happen to run out of string, do you like add the same color to it with a knot? or? Or do u just end the bracelet? Thanks! :D

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      Hannah 4 years ago

      Thx so much!!! This really helped. Now I can make bracelets for anyone that I want!!! :):)

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      Yolanda C. 4 years ago

      Hahahahahahaha this didn't help at all I tried and tried and tried but it still didn't help:(:( maybe a video wood have helped but u no whatever ill try again later:):)

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      Ali 4 years ago

      Thx!!!

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      Brooke 4 years ago

      hhmm.... I'll give it aa shot :)

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      future Mrs. Hutcherson 4 years ago

      love it! Really helpful! Ive been lookin for a long time and needed the individual pics of ech letter/number!Tnx so much! R u Helloh? Gotta go, Josh wants me.

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      Thx the loom really helped!!!! But I couldn't get how to do the word LOVE:(:( I messed up with all the letters except for L and E. I think u should put a video for all the letters and some of the numbers......just a suggestion.:):)thanks for your help!!

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      Mikayla 4 years ago

      Hello can u make me one of those bracelets??

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      nohan 4 years ago

      thx even though i dident try it but i would love to make one soon

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      Kayla Wiseman 4 years ago

      Heey this really helped!!!!

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      Camryn 4 years ago

      I think that you should make a video and then put it on YouTube .I will try to make a friend ship bracelet and me and my friend avery will injoy it varyMuch.thanks vary much for teaching me and other Pepole in the world how to make a friend ship bracrcelil a geen thanks a lot

      much for teaching me to make a friend ship bracliites thanks a lot

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      Happy Person 4 years ago

      This made my engagement possible!!!

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      packersfan52 4 years ago

      after you make the two backward knots with the background color, how do you get the green string to the other side?

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      Jess 4 years ago

      Hey this helped a lot but i got the right type of string but if i do one like it doesn't show up well enough so im doubling every line for the letters to make it stand out more. kinda like a bold effect in Microsoft word haha. Me and my Boyfriend are making bracelets for each other as we live on other sides of the country when he is not at college in New Jersey with me :)

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      LalaHoran 4 years ago

      THANK YOU SOOO MUCH I really love these bracelets and you did a great job of explaining it!! But now all my friends want me to make them one :/

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      kayla 4 years ago

      hi,, i need your help very much so i cant figure out how to do this exactly i can do all kinds of bracelets like zigzag and trippy but this one is quite hard will you email me and explain it more? and mabe even send pics?? my email is ginger_snaps47@ymail.com

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      Ivan 4 years ago

      that is great

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      Jamie 4 years ago

      Will this work with yarn too? I know that if you use yarn with 5 rows it will = the with of like a 15 row bracelet.

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      Yyyyyy 4 years ago

      Why can't you show how to do all the letters ughhhhh

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      Benni 4 years ago

      I feel dumb but I can't make the letter R for the life of me it ends up as an H/A combo its just a mess ._.

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      Joyce 4 years ago

      I'd love to see a finished bracelet. And a vid tut. I'm kinda slow. lol

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      Shannon 4 years ago

      Hello, what am I supposed to do when the string runs out?

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      How come my when I use the color to make the letter, those knots aren't as tight?

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      allison 4 years ago

      hi I was wondering if you could make me one and what the price and payment would be? email me? akane3310@aol.com

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      Megan O 4 years ago

      This is amazing! Instructions are very clear despite what others may tell you. I learned how to make the rest of the letters simply by referring to their pictures. Can you show me a picture of a sewn-in heart? I am making a bracelet for my foreign exchange friend who is leaving. Thanks soooooooo much!

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      Brittany 4 years ago

      can you make one that says ONE DIRECTION :)

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      Bubbles 4 years ago

      I love this hub page I used it to make my cousin and her new husband for a wedding gift saying JUST MARRIED

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      sandy 4 years ago

      i love your card board idea it really helped me.

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      angie 4 years ago

      its still hard for me to do box letters is there and easyier way like with less string

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      Lucy 4 years ago

      How long do the strings need to be???

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      Ally 4 years ago

      How long do you need to make the background string?

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      Ash 4 years ago

      is it possiable to do a heart in the string?

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      teresa 4 years ago

      im like 11 and i have been making bracelets for like ver and ive always wanted to do my name. i have a small business w/ my bff for 1 dolla i think that making names would be like worth i don't know 5-7 dollars. its hard work! thanx so much i learnd lots. pictures were awesome. im a visual learner

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      Marissa 4 years ago

      Really helped a lot especially the blue and pink markered drawing. thanks!!!!!

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      Sweetness 4 years ago

      Ow, man did that ever help me out!! Very helpful...

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      :F 4 years ago

      Tip: if making a long name, use string to like your forearm of shoulder. It is easier to work with longer strings than short ones. Also, space your letters one row apart and 3-4 between words

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      Angelica 4 years ago

      This might sound like a dumb question, but I really want to know how to do it; In the picture where you say that our string should look like this with the knot on top, how did you make that knot?

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      doolallysally 4 years ago

      Hi I have just started making these friendship bracelets with my niece and finding this site was brilliant. I'm sorry but I can't believe some of the reply postings and wonder how Lindseyjo can refrain from answering sarcastically.

      First of all I will skate over all the obvious spelling mistakes.

      Next the background green colour/color is always being used, whether you do a forward or backward knot, it is always the one being used, so no need to thread it through the back or whatever. You will need a lot of that colour, I try and use the whole bunch and then trim it at the end. Use 2 lines of background inbetween the letters, as suggested. This is a very good and informative website, you just have to have patience to read and follow it through. Definitely draw out the letters as suggested, you don't just need lindseyjo's step by step 'A' guide on every letter, they've given you a photo of all the letters and numbers, spend a bit of time working it out for yourself! The rewards are there. And if you can't understand it yet, maybe you're not quite ready, do a bit of practise of the easier bracelets before you try this one.

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      Sydney 4 years ago

      Trying to learn the knots made me cry. I wish you had made learning the knots a lot easier

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      ocnj 4 years ago

      thanks this really helped

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      how would you make a ♥ ...?

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      Kaitlyn 4 years ago

      What measurement should the Loom be?

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      gymnastics 4 years ago

      how do u make the letters ALY

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       4 years ago

      Now it looks so easy

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      Amena 4 years ago

      when i do my letters it looks better on the bsck thsn the front like i did the knots wrong. any tips ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      if u don't have cardboard, use the back of a composition notebook. it works gr8. thx 4 the loom tip!

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      Brittany hearn 4 years ago

      how do u make the b

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      bcd 4 years ago

      i do not get the how to make the letter & i try to discover the pic. but i still do nto get it

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      Elizabeth n 4 years ago

      Thanks this really helped before I read this I thought I was new how to do it but I did everything the opposite I had 10 background colours and 1 letter colour thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thankyou so much! am running a small business and doing names is going to boost the sales massively! to those asking about length, for the background colour i use one string about 15 times the length of a finished bracelet, and for each of the strings used for lettering, 3 times the length of a finished bracelet, folded in half. i am a visual learner so the pictures in particular helped! may i suggest www.how-to-make-friendship-bracelets.com it gives basic structure for those confused. thankyou again, this website was so useful! :)

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      Welcome to the Masquerade 4 years ago

      This is simple to me. I am 13 but despite the young age this made complete sense. It should be clear though that this is not a bracelet for beginners. The lengths also could be more specific because I ran out of background string on my first bracelet. Otherwise it is a good website and easily understood. Thank you.

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      toto 4 years ago

      Its awesome

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      Atwinmom2@zoominternet.net 4 years ago

      I am interested in purchasing bracelets with names on them. How long does it take to get them, and what is the cost????

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      grace 4 years ago

      thanks ive been looking for this for the longest time

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      Taylor 4 years ago

      This website is useful it's awesome

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      sam 4 years ago

      where has this site been

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      michelle 4 years ago

      thank you so much! these instructions were so easy to follow and I am loving my bracelet so far (even though I'm only 3 letters in).

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      Taylor 4 years ago

      This has been very helpful, but after I made my first letter somehow my knots are upside down and I am not sure how this happened and I am fairly certain I am still tying the knots the correct way, any ideas why this is happening?

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      alex 4 years ago

      I wad wondering how much you sell your braclets for ?!

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      lydia 4 years ago

      could you show me how to make other letters??

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      Camille 4 years ago

      Hello.. How did you make the loom?

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      Mallory 4 years ago

      Is the color thread that is the background color supposed to be longer than the letter threads

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      Monica 4 years ago

      Awesome! I use this so much. It is so helpful.

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      Adrianna 4 years ago

      how do u get the green string to the other side after doing the row of yellow???

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      jen 4 years ago

      it was very helpful thanks a lot

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      Gitte 4 years ago

      I also just did a half knot, a back knot, and its working just fine right now

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      Sabeen 4 years ago

      Hey, its sabeen from pakistan here..... Gosh gurl! you made it sooo easy! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! :) Takecare..kindly contact me...

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      Hair girl 4 years ago

      Hey how fast can u make 8 bracelets?

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      hi 4 years ago

      this was really helpful thanks

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      My name is Zoe 4 years ago

      It is alright but it should have a video

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      Could you show the finished product? I'm having a hard time figuring out how many rows to make for a space between words.

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      random 4 years ago

      i sooooo no how to make them now!!!!

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      star 4 years ago

      Just two questions how long does your background color have to be and how many strings of background color do you need

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      alo21 4 years ago

      how long should the background color be?

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      marie 4 years ago

      hey:) this sounds so cool to make but one question, is the background color supposed to be longer than the letter colors?

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      Melanie 3 years ago

      Wow this was helpful! It made things a lot easier than i expected. The loom and the drawings made everything so easy. thanks! (:

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      Taylor Lucas 3 years ago

      I'm not sure i understand how to start the letters.. How do you get the background letter to the front?

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      Maddie Watkins 3 years ago

      Hi! I am maddie my bracelet didn't really work out the first time but it did the second time around sooooooooo THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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      Rambo Fen 3 years ago from Raipur

      It's amazing but not easy....I couldn't make one..will try again .thanks

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Very useful, voted up.

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      Mei 3 years ago

      This explanation is not that bad I just think that it's a needs to say a bit more. I mean like do we use the whole embroidery floss or just some and maybe u should post like instructions to every letter cuz u only showed how to do a D and that's it. But on the other hand yes I found it very useful and it's amazing the way u manage suing letters.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very cool tutorial. I played around with the instructions and some scrap thread and it turned out fine. I did use graph paper to make the lettering and now I have a graph I can use over and over. Thanks for sharing!

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      Anna 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for this all my friends can actually make these and I wanted to learn how. I can now make them. It's easy to make other patterns and other things you just write what you want and put the colours on top with each individual knot. When you do a letter knot you do the knot onto the background colour. There were a few things that confused me but after reading this a few times I got it!!! Thanks for this!!! Xx

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      Chuckalina 3 years ago

      How tight do you make your knots?

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      mystery 3 years ago

      that was so informational

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      Leena 3 years ago from new delhi

      Very informative (and good illustration) for a bracelet newbie.

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      Avinesh Prahladi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      This hub really helped me in making one. The pictorial presentation was of great help.

      Nice hub, really appreciate.

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      Fletcher 3 years ago

      Thanks it's really cool

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      Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

      Pretty neat stuff! Thanks for sharing these ideas, pal. Voted up!

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      tymber 3 years ago

      awsome

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      Priyanka Estambale 3 years ago from United States

      awesome. I loved the idea about alphabets. I have made quite a few simple chevron bracelets. I am going to try to make with alphabets.

      Voted up!

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      Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

      What an excellent tutorial, something to try and make with the kids. Looks a bit tricky though, I guess it needs some practice first though.

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      Bex 2 years ago

      I know that this was posted years ago, but for all the people complaining about how it's too hard, or she didn't show how to make the other letters, this is for you. It's not an easy bracelet, she never said it was. I would not recommend this for beginners; there are much easier ones to start with until you get the process. And as for those who asked her to show how to do more of the letters, she did. There's no graph, but you can easily see how and where to put each knot using her pictures of the letters. She even suggested making your own graph, so stop being lazy and trying to make her do it. And also, and for the length of the single string, I've always found that the longer the better. Like, don't even cut it, just use the entire skein, depending on the length of the bracelet. Hope that helped all of you people from 3 years ago!

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      nikhitha 2 years ago

      nice idea thank u for advicing me

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      Ana Maria Orantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

      I like your hub . It is a good piece of work of art. Fantastic job, you are doing with the friedship's bracelets. Congratulations for your beautiful work miss lindsey.

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      AdG 2 years ago

      Wow, amazing to see someone else figured this out too -- I invented this method for myself in the late 1980s and it is almost identical to the way you do it - I use more than one background string, though (otherwise you need a very very long background string). I was making name bracelets for my friends at camp almost every day during rest hour after lunch.

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      Tezza23 2 years ago

      Do you still make these bracelets? I've tried making one but it's for something special and I can't get it to look right and am thinking I'd be better off buying it lol.

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      My daughter made these when she was a teen, I have a vision issue so the knots would be difficult for me with the floss. I am going to try to do the knots with hemp for jewelry but not too many knots. The loom is going to help me for sure! Great hub!

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      Kate 2 years ago

      Add more letters a no to make a smiley face

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      starwarsdragon1 2 years ago

      How long is the finished bracelet?

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      (≧∇≦)miku970 22 months ago

      My dad makes these, but I still don't get when to actually do the backwards or forward knot because when I tried he told me some type of knot was suppose to switch the background color to the letter color. Can you please tell me what knot it is and when to put it in?

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      12345hi 20 months ago

      This was amazing and very helpful!

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      kentj 20 months ago

      wow that was really helpful the youtube videos aren't that good. THANKS

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      Lindsey 20 months ago

      Would any of you like if I made a video tutorial since this post is nearly 5 years old?

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      Isabella 20 months ago

      THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH! ^.^ I made a purple and blue band for my BFF and she made one for me using this website. We had loads of fun cause at first we were using the wrong string ^.^!!! Thanks alot, you have helped our relationship grow! :)

      p.s. Yes a video of making this would be nice :)

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      Emily 20 months ago

      Do you have to use the forward and barkward knot or can you just a simple 4 knot

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      blah 10 months ago

      you should make a video tutorial

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      Ģggggggggg 8 months ago

      .do you cross the string

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      Darriona 5 months ago

      They should have maid a video to show us not go step by step.:) :) :) :) :) :)

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      helena 4 months ago

      OMG THX THX THX un belivable, now i can have a braclet that says # trekkie all the way!!

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      dragon01234 4 months ago

      for length, i start out with a wingspan, it gives me enough for a whole bracelet in chevron, and i have tied on another length if i run out. just don't run out of the skein! and if you don't have embroidery thread, and you have yarn, i would use that too.

      *** friendship bracelet skills are extremely helpful when you go to camp. and they provide the string too! that is where i learned more than half of these tricks. the other part was u tube, and my sister. but i have to say, this was the most helpful in helping me create patterns!!

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      dragon01234 4 months ago

      i have been doing friendship bracelets so long that i don't need one, however i would definitely love a friendship bracelet channel on you-tube to avoid following random beauty channels. it has happened.... a lot!

      and for beginners, i think that a video alone would definitely help if the text didn't!

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      marie 2 months ago

      ses très beau !!!

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