I don't know if it is the fact that the kids are going back to school or because my son has started football again, but I have been feeling the need to make stuff. Maybe its because I am finally waking up from my summer of not doing much of anything. The days are getting just a tiny bit cooler, its still in the 90s out there, but when it was close to 100 almost all summer long, you can feel the difference.
I have been wearing a black paracord bracelet for over a year. I put it on last summer when a good friend of mine lost his battle with cancer. After having a run in with skin cancer two years ago myself, this bracelet reminds me that some aren't as lucky as I was.
This post isn't supposed to be about cancer though, its about making a paracord bracelet. Well, three of them actually.
The one at the top is something called the Piranha or Shark Jaw Bone weave. It looks like shark's teeth to me. As you can see in the picture, it is also reversible. I made mine with a curved buckle though, so the blue side is the outside. JD from Tying it all Together has a tutorial on making this bracelet, but honestly if you can tie a cobra stitch you can tie this one. I need to make one for my sister-in-law soon, and when I do, I'll take some pictures of the construction.
The bottom two bracelets are from a tutorial that I watched on youtube from a guy named Chaotic Thinking. He calls it the Solomon's heart. As you can see, the stitches sort of look like a row of hearts.
Blue and yellow? Those are my 7 year old's school colors and my 11 year old's football team colors. They are heading back to school next week. I guess I'll wear the top one for the next 9 months or so.
Making stuff with your hands doesn't need to be a lot of work, but it sure is rewarding. Go make something! Trust me, its's great!