We’ve featured the fantastic crafting skills of designer Hannah C. before on Think.Make.Share. Today she’s back to share how she put those DIY talents to work to celebrate some very important people in her life.
In late May I was lucky enough to work with members of Hallmark Employees Reaching Equality, or HERE, to usher in the month of June with a little DIY get-together celebrating Pride Month with a Pride friendship bracelet workshop.
I’m an advocate of the LGBTQ+ movement. Pride is personal for me because of my best friend and her girlfriend, my cousin, my friends and colleagues, and the many people I love that belong to the LGBTQ+ community who I can’t imagine my life without. Our sense of self is deeply tied to how we identify, and Pride is an open celebration of the people within the myriad gorgeous colors of the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
In my few disastrous attempts at summer camp, I was the kid who would spend as much time as physically possible in the crafts tent, so friendship bracelets, macramé, cord wrapping and crochet are my jam. You can make these bracelets for your fabulous self or to show some love to the amazing LGBTQ+ people in your life.
Your color choices aren’t limited to the classic Pride rainbow. Many groups under the LGBTQ+ umbrella have their own color association, so you can get as specific as you’d like.
These cord-wrapped bracelets get your color scheme across without being overly complicated. Using embroidery floss and a piece of leather or suede cord, put a dot of glue on the cord to secure it in place, and then carefully wrap your floss around the cord until you have a band of color. Add colors until your chosen combination is finished. You can thread any loose floss onto a needle and tuck it back under your band of color to secure them in place. Cap the ends with findings you can pick up at most craft stores.
You can also use rope or parachute cord to make bracelets or necklaces using the same cord-wrapping technique. Wrap a few inches of the end of the rope and then fold it over, creating a small loop with the wrapped rope. Cover the entire length of the rope with your color scheme before ending with another, slightly larger loop. Finish by sewing a button to the small loop and then slip the large loop over the button.
For the more traditional friendship bracelets, I used the Chinese Staircase and Candy Stripe knot patterns, but any bracelet pattern with bands of color, like a chevron, will showcase your color combination. You can also combine knotting and cord wrapping by doing the Chinese Staircase over leather cord.
You can use leather or upholstery suede, a rivet kit and a keychain to make these riveted keychains. Cut a strip of material, fold it in half around your keychain, glue it in place and then add a rivet to keep it secure. Trim the ends, and use masking tape and acrylic paint to add stripes or a pattern in your colors.
Whether you’re celebrating Pride Month as a member of the LGBTQ+ community or supporting your friends and family that are, have a fantastic, colorful, Pride Month. Love is love, and the more love the better!
Photographs by Jane Kortright.