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Kumihimo Adult Friendship Bracelet with Sullivans HEBE Cord by Jennifer Priest for hydrangeahippo

Do you love the look of friendship bracelets? They bring back lots of great childhood memories but having tied-on bracelets with strings hanging everywhere is not a look I think I can pull off well. That's why I made this version of a “grownup” friendship bracelet. This bracelet combines a woven braid bracelet with beads for a more sophisticated take on the traditional friendship bracelet. 

Kumihimo Friendship Bracelet with Sullivans HEBE Cord by Jennifer Priest for hydrangeahippo

Last year I got a Kumihimo board. I was super intrigued by Kumihimo when I saw a lady come into a Michael's that I was demoing at with this crazy board with strings and beads hanging all over!!! So when I saw this new HEBE Cord from Sullivans USA, I knew immediately that I wanted to work with it in the Kumihimo Board.   I found an online tutorial for creating a flat Chevron pattern with the square Kumihimo board. I'm still a bit of a novice at Kumihimo so YouTube was a great resource for finding some amazing tutorials. 

I created the braid with two colors and 4 pieces of each color cord. I made the braid extra long, about 14″, so that I could make a double wrapped bracelet with it. I secured the ends with super glue, allowed that to dry, and then cut the ends. I used terminators to close off the ends of the braid. I then added chain to the ends to make the bracelet fit around my wrist twice. I added a clasp and then strung a wire with beads to match, attaching that to the clasp with jump rings. The bracelet went together in about one evening and is super easy to wear.

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HEBE Cord from Sullivans USA is perfect for friendship bracelets, knotting, crocheting, and even Kumihimo! Check out more projects by visiting the blogs in the Designer Crafts Connection, using the widget on the lower right side of this page to advance to the next blog in the list. 

What would you create with this new HEBE Cord?

 

 

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “Friendship Bracelets … for Grownups

  1. Very cute bracelet! Kumihimo is something I definitely want to try more of.

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 8:30 am
    1. Thank you Suzanne! It’s pretty cool…. I want to get a round board next!

      Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm