Schiffer Publishing // Jan 2014
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.
I absolutely adore making friendship bracelets. I was that kid who made them all the time... whether I was making them for me and my friends or teaching others how to make them, I always seemed to have a plethora of floss bracelets lying around. As a camp counselor and babysitter, I was always making them with my kids. Once I became a middle school teacher, I began making them during summer school and earned free time with my students. No matter how old some of the styles are or how basic the designs, everyone still seems to love making friendship bracelets!
Needless to say, I was thrilled when this book came across my feed.
Brazilian Bracelets by Florence Bellot is filled with old school bracelet making fun. Very easy to follow directions make this bracelet book a winner. Even with as long as I have been making these styles of bracelets, there were still a few new designs in this book for me to learn. I've already made 3 bracelets with the simple instructions and am quite pleased. I also like the beautiful color schemes that the book uses as examples.
I have to admit that while this is a good book, it is also a bit unnecessary. You can find all these designs online with a quick Google search, without dropping $20. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who works with kids. Especially those of us who work without constant access to the internet. This is certainly a good book for novice bracelet makers and kids.
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