I’ve always loved making bracelets from strings. I’ve been taught several techniques over the years and have had several kits. (One is MIA or I’d have tried some of the designs in this book as I was reading along!) Brazilian Bracelets is a short book, only 64 pages, that teaches you several techniques for different kind of bracelets. It starts off with 2 ways to create the end of the bracelet – either just a simple knot or with something more complex so you can have a hoop to fit the knot on the other end in. Some of these are new designs I have never seen or tried before (which is why I really, really wanted to find my bracelet floss. Such a bummer!) and others I have tried out or at least seen at camp, etc. before. (in 5th grade making these were the big thing during recess)
If you have a young, crafty child I would recommend this book. The instructions seem to be easy to follow and there are a lot of photos as well so you can make sure that you are doing things right! And some of the final products look really amazing! Some even have directions for adding beads to them and there are also instructions on how to do hair wraps as some of the bracelet designs are very similar.
I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.
About the Book
If you love making meaningful gifts for friends or just desire a stylish accessory that doesn’t break the bank, this book is a must-have. Instructions for making Brazilian bracelets of various shapes and sizes are included, decorated with crosses, zigzags, diamonds, dots, and even fish, and adorned with beads and charms. In all, there are more than twenty projects and seventy-five different variations of bracelets, hair braids, and wraps shown, with step-by-step instructions. Intricate drawings, photos, and suggested color combinations guide you through the process. From quick and simple braids to more intensive and elaborate crisscross wraps, you may choose a creative path to follow or just let your imagination take over. Alter the suggested designs in order to make key chains, napkin rings, eyeglass straps, or even belt loops. Children and adults will enjoy creating new, exciting, and sometimes unexpected items. The necessary materials are inexpensive and easy to find.