Thursday, June 30, 2011

Woo hoo! Thrifty Thursday and a Bedazzled Tiger

Does anyone else remember making these as a kid? I remember I used to make them like crazy but eventually the excitement of them wore off, but luckily, they are back in the saddle! I found the DIY tutorial you will see today on Honestly WTF.

You’ll need
  • embroidery thread
  • a safety pin or tape
  • scissors
Start by cutting several strands of embroidery thread at about 24 inches each. Make sure there are two sets of each color. Combine the threads and tie a knot, leaving at least 3 inches of slack. Tape it to a flat surface or safety pin it to a pillow. Separate the two sets, arranging the strands in a mirror-image pattern with the outside strands the same color and so on moving inwards.
Start on the left side with the outermost color (shown here in red) and make a forward knot by creating a 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening.
Pull up and to the right to tighten. Make the same knot twice over each color. Continue knotting over each color, towards the right, until the outermost color has carried over to the middle. This is one half of the chevron pattern.
Now pick up the outermost color on the right side (show here in red) and make a backward knot, creating a reverse 4-shape over the 2nd color, loop it under and back through the opening. Pull up and to the left to tighten. Don’t forget to knot twice over each color!
Continue knotting towards the left until the outermost strand reaches the middle. Tie a backwards knot with the two middle strands to connect the two halves. Did you remember to knot twice? The first chevron row is complete! Continue with the the next color, which is now the outermost strand . . .
Remembering the color order is important for the first few rows but after the 3rd or 4th row, the strands will fall nicely in place. Finish it with a knot and a braid.
For a striped bracelet, cut one set of colors and simply carry the outermost color all the way through to the right side. For an assymetrical chevron, mix the colors when dividing them into 2 sets. Be sure to count the number of strands so you know when to stop in the middle each time. For an embellished bracelet, take a small piece of rhinestone chain, glue it to the top of the bracelet and stitch embroidery thread between each rhinestone with an embroidery needle.

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So now that you've got your DIY craft fix...it's time to feast your eyes on the bedazzled tiger...



Top - Forever 21

Let me start by saying how much I love tigers and when I found this gem today I just had to make it mine! He's one shiny tiger too.

Happy crafting!

Jenna

6 comments:

  1. Ah! I have so much embroidery thread all over my desk right now! Gonna make one of these for sure. :D

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  2. check out the tiger / lion totem and see where your destiny lies. :)

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  3. Oh wow! I am not one to usually like embellished shirts, but that one is so bad ass! Or as Christian Siriano would say, "Fierce!!"

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  4. WOW! Those bracelets are AMAZING!!! I've done something similar with hemp but only with 4 strands of it. That looks crazy complicated! But I love the chevron style, especially after my chevron post.

    Oh and I'm a new follower! :)

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  5. Hehe I just found this DIY Friendship Bracelet tutorial the other day! I remember now how much fun making friendship bracelets is, and now I'm like a friendship bracelet factory! :)

    Wow, your shirt is awesome!

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. I spent a great deal of my junior high & highschool making these...
    Seeing those colorful strands brought back memories!

    Thank you for coming by earlier —I see now how much you like felines! :)

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