How to Make Friendship Bracelets – Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets .

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There’s nothing more fashionable than friendship. These macramé tube bead bracelets are designer-inspired and summery chic. They beg to be made in a multitude of colors, so knot up a whole bevy of bracelets and share them
with all your best pals. They’ll be grateful to have such a crafty and stylish friend!

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

Materials:

 embroidery floss in one or two tones of your choice (or crochet cotton yarn)
 silver-plated curved noodle tube bead 5mm x 30mm
 two-hole buttons, Mother of Pearl 15mm
 scissors
 painter’s tape

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

Instructions:

This friendship bracelet consists of the “half knot twist,” probably the simplest macramé knot. You can use a solid color or two different colors; it’s easier to follow the tutorial with two colors, though.

1.) Prepare the embroidery floss as follows:
* color 1 (mint) – one strand 19 inches long (the core); one strand 4 yards long * color 2 (ivory) – one strand 4 yards long

2.) Pass each piece of floss into the two holes of the button and place the button right in the middle

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

3.) Tape the button and the lower part of the floss used for the core. Each floss will be used double-stranded.

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

4.) Start by making the figure of the number “4” with the ivory by passing UNDER the core and OVER the mint.

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

5.) The mint floss goes OVER the ivory AND the core and UNDER the side of the “4.”

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

6.) Tie the knot really tightly until it reaches the bottom part of the button.

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

7.) Keep doing the same knot over and over;  always start forming the “4” from the left side. A few knots later, you’ll see that the cord will start to twist!

NOTE: It will get really twisty! Don’t panic; untwist the floss and keep going. (Make sure while un-twisting to place the color on the same side where it was while twisted.)

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

8.) Keep going until you’ve reached the length of your wrist + some slack + 1-1/2 inches. (In my case, the total length from the base of the button is 9 inches.)

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

9.) Thread the curved tube bead onto the bracelet.

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

10.) Tie a knot at the end of the twist; then fold the last part and create a “button hole” by making another overhead knot. Trim the floss evenly. DONE!

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

This is how the twist looks just under the button: polished and clean!

Chan Luu Inspired Tube Bracelets

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