Traditionally, friendship bracelets were created by North American Indians using a simple piece of ktted cord, but more recently they have evolved to include a multitude of materials, techniques and styles. Modern designs use leather, suede, ribbon and cord, and feature charms, beads and crystals - there are rules and you are limited only by your imagination! However, the spirit of the friendship bracelet remains - a handmade gift to celebrate and confirm a special friendship. The twenty designs in this book range from those that are beautifully simple and easy to make, to some that may take a little longer but are well worth the effort. Each project is accompanied by a list of the materials and tools needed, step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs of the finished piece, and with two versions of each design to choose from, you cant fail to be inspired by at least one of the projects in this book. Some of the designs use simple ktting and plaiting techniques, and these are shown in clear, step-by-step pictures at the beginning of the book. Once you have mastered these, there are limits to the designs that you can make.
Pam Leach, owner of successful online bead retailer Beads Direct, and her fabulous team of talented designers, have a passion for jewellery making and understand the addictive nature and personal satisfaction that comes from creating your own pieces of jewellery. Pam is directly involved in the sourcing of components from around the world and has travelled widely, fuelling her passion and interest in this subject. Being surrounded by so many new and exciting products allows Pam and the Beads Direct designers to create innovative and up-to-the-minute designs to inspire and delight. Pam lives in Loughborough.