Friendship Bracelets Tutorial 3: The Other Knots

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Assuming you have practiced the previous steps this lesson will require very little to explain how to make these last two knots.


Friendship Bracelets Tutorial 2: The Backward Knot

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I've told the story a hundred times at least, about how at 4 a.m. one night while feeling quite exhausted, I had an epiphany. That if I were to tie the same knot I'd been doing for months, backwards...


Friendship Bracelets Tutorial 1: The Forward Knot

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I've been asked to teach how I make bracelets. Well if I'm to do that, I'd say it's best that I start at the very beginning. Using photos and an attempt to break it down to the simplest steps. It's my hope by the end of this you will have a grasp on how to make friendship bracelets yourself.


akaawol_bchands_giveaway

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If you haven’t seen all the excitement leading up to this giveaway (and is still ongoing, by the way), where have you been?!? Just kidding… In a nutshell, Akaawol has been working day and night on a fabulous and never-been-seen-before hand-knotted sling bag just so that he can give it away to a hopefully appreciative and deserving winner. About 100 skeins of embroidery floss and possibly a month of work…


Knot Just Knots | Getting Bigger!

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When I said I'd help teach how to make bracelets, I knew it might be a challenge. But what I can do with knots simply comes natural to me and getting that onto paper…well, not so much. I've taken a bunch of time and possibly killed a few reluctant brain cells working it out…


Been Awhile

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You may have noticed that the posts on this website came to a stop there for a bit and suddenly I'm back with a bunch of bracelet-making ideas. Well, it's sorta easy to explain. We upgraded our internet to fiber broadband. This was an awesome idea, except that…


NotJustKnots Adding String

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I keep getting asked, "How long is the string I start with?" The simple answer is two meters that's folded in half. But what if that question is faulty? Perhaps the person asking isn't familiar with the idea of adding string when working on larger projects like the bag I'm making. I still start with the same two meters, but when the string gets short I add more when needed. So today I'm going to attempt to explain how I do that…


NotJustKnots 101

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Well, there you go! The commonly sought after 'How-to' diagram of one of my personal designs. People have asked me about this on Instagram, Facebook, as well as in person…


Unique Graph Paper For Friendship Bracelets

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I've spoken often of how I started making bracelets long before there was internet. Well, many times I can work out a design in my head, but there are times when the design is just too complex. That's when I'll turn to graph paper. But even regular graph paper has its limits when it comes to making bracelets as you can't easily tell what is going on under the knots, like what color will pop out after the ones you can see…


The Making Of Rapunzel

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It all started when I wondered what it would take to knot a bag the way I do friendship bracelets. The project became called 'Rapunzel' due to all the lengths of string. It began on September 2nd and finished October 25th. Turns out it took me seven weeks and 200 skeins of floss.


August is Here!

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Woohoo! August is here! There is so much to look forward to this month I can hardly keep up on it all. Currently we are in the 7th lunar month so we have all that going on. Tomorrow, the 2nd, I'm going down to find out details on my volunteering for Chinatown’s mid-autumn festivities. In case you forgot…


'Zombie Tower' Chapter 3

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After chemicals used to clean up the Gulf Oil spill sets off the Zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors in a small south-west Florida fishing town survive the fall of Mankind and they do it in redneck style…


Stark Contrasts

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If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I had a lovely Friday evening meeting a group of wonderful people who all want to live in a society without prejudice, without xenophobia, without unkindness, just like I do. And if that’s too much to ask, at the very least, we hope for a society that practises tolerance. Then on Saturday, my hubby and I went for our usual late lunch at our favourite neighbourhood coffeeshop…


Let's Makan!

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On Friday evening, my hubby and I attended a networking session for a new initiative called 'Let's Makan'. We had been erm...kindly invited by the very affable Dr William Wan, the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. The whole idea is to get like-minded people together to become 'connectors' to seed little groups around the country with the aim of reviving the 'kampung' spirit that has largely been lost through modernisation, urbanisation and the fact that busy lifestyles nowadays mean neighbours often don't do more than say "Hi" and "Bye", if they even interact at all…


These Are The Breaks

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Well, despite the song and title, for those who might worry, rest assured that nothing is broken. I just found the fastest way to break - I mean brake - when on my skateboard. These ARE the breaks! LOL! Here's what happened: So yesterday at approximately 7:30pm, I was still skateboarding along East Coast Park after being out there for about two hours. I had managed to cover more than 12.5 km of the park. Basically the entire park from one end to the other. But by 7:30, it's a bit dark out here in Singapore and I was on a bit of trail that had a few lights out. That's how it went from awesome to owwie fast…


Rolling Through East Coast Parkway

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At some point, it dawned on me that my intentions to bring a camera were ruined because leaving the house before having a coffee meant I wasn't awake enough to remember to take the battery for the camera off the charger. So all the photos here were taken with my phone…


'Zombie Tower' Chapter 2

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After chemicals used to clean up the Gulf Oil spill sets off the Zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors in a small south-west Florida fishing town survive the fall of Mankind and they do it in redneck style…


Our World Is Amazing

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Tonight was extraordinary. I was hoping to get out and sort of sweat out whatever it is that's been ailing me since the wife and my bike ride last Sunday night. That was where we covered a large area of the west side of Singapore, about 50 km. After that ride I lost my voice and got an upper respiratory infection. So today, feeling better we ventured off to Punggol…


Saying Goodbye To My Little Buddy

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A lot has been going on and yes, that means a lot has gone on while not being posted about. Well, one thing in particular just happened and I'm not about to let it go by without a mention. Our beloved dog Trix passed away. His health decayed rapidly in just about a weeks’ time. Though his eyesight had been getting bad, he had always had a decent quality of life. Then something happened last week…


Opportunities And Chance Occurrences

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We had gone to Lower Seletar Reservoir in hopes of getting some sunset photos. By the time we got there it seemed that the clouds moving in might not only spoil the chance for a nice sunset, but might even rain on our parade. For some, I suppose that would mean turning around and heading back. Not us…