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Friendship bracelets

So one thing I learned to do this summer is make friendship bracelets. Now, it's really quite easy, and you may have been doing this as early as primary school, but I never have. I attended the first-ever DutchStarkids meeting just a few weeks ago, and one of the girls there was wearing a homemade Starkid bracelet. She later pointed us in the direction of this helpful tutorial and I have since made multiple bracelets of my own.

I've been wearing them out and about and getting some questions on how I made them. Now, I could go and try to explain to you how it's done, but really, that tutorial does a better job than I ever could. It has pictures and videos and everything. Instead, I'll show you what I've created so far.

This was my first-ever try, and it shows. I mean, for a first time it's not even that terrible, I guess, but you can definitely see the difference between the beginning and the end, haha. It starts out all messy and uneven in width in both directions (yes, the vertical line of that R is just a single row of knots, not a double one...) and then sort of gets neater and more straight as it goes on. :P The pattern is also very simple, just using the basic letter patterns from the tutorial.

Then I created this glow* bracelet. I created a simple pattern of lowercase letters instead of the uppercase ones from the tutorial, plus a little star type thing. I drew it out beforehand, but I didn't bother to save it, so if anyone wants to recreate this, let me know and I'll see if I can redraw it for you.

It bothered me that my first Starkid bracelet was quite sloppy, so I decided to make a new one. I figured while I was at it, I might as well create a new pattern rather than using the simple letters, so I created this one based off the Starkid logo. And yes, if you compare the pattern and the actual bracelet, you can tell that I made a mistake... the final two pixels of the R should be one row higher up. Whoops. :P

Finally, I figured that you should be able to create more than just letters or simple patterns this way... surely you could pixel-art anything you wanted, right? Actually make a drawing using little knots? This turned out to be trickier than I'd initally realised. Doing line-art with just one colour is easy enough. Shading with a single colour isn't that hard either - just use more or fewer pixels per cm2 to create the different shades. But when even those lines and shades/tones have to be the same colour, things become fuzzy pretty quickly. Still, I feel it worked out halfway decent, in the end.

Crappy lightning is crappy. Remind me to take a better picture of this at some point. This was easily the most time-consuming one* to do; creating the pattern alone took me over an hour, I believe, and then actually tying the 2728 knots to make it took me another ~10 hours, spread out over three days. :P (*This is way too big to even be used as a bracelet. I've been mentally referring to it as a miniature tapestry.) In case anyone wants to attempt my insanity, here's the pattern for that as well.

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