Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up: Hemp, Floss, and Other Boho Chic Designs to Make

Suzanne McNeill. Fox Chapel/Design Originals, $9.99 paper (64p) ISBN 978-1-57421-866-4
The perennial craft favored by tween girls—the friendship bracelet—is updated in this book aimed at older teenagers, and even adults interested in perfecting the “relaxed hippie vibe” might be interested. Author McNeill has the goods, with over 25 styles of bracelets carefully explained in both print and illustrations. McNeill favors bright colors and a crunchy style, but it’s easy to see how the designs here could be more sophisticated in a different color palette or in one of the alternate materials she suggests. Readers who thought friendship bracelets came in one or two styles will be dazzled by the Josephine Knot, Wide Alternating Color Diamonds, and Symmetrical Chevrons. While it’s an unfortunate oversight to show photos of bracelets without instructions on how to complete them, this slim volume will be a firm favorite as summer —friendship bracelets’ classic season—rolls in. Full-color photos and illustrations. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/07/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
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