Last Christmas I bought my granddaughter a Rainbow Loom and some extra bands to go with it. (Well just the name was obviously attractive!)
I’m assuming here that everyone knows what I am talking about – It’s a way of making bracelets from small elastic bands.
These last few weeks I have seen that you can now buy the bands all over the place and only £1 per bag. So I bought a bag of rainbow colours and brought it home. I knew I had crochet hooks so I thought I was well set up.
The first thing to do was to find some way of storing and sorting the bands – I decided to use an ice cube tray.
And I found that not only did you get ‘S’ clips to join the bracelets but also a plastic hook.
I have been using this (or fingers) as it seemed less likely to break the bands than one of my crochet hooks.
I needed pins but I had seen on the internet the suggestion that two pens could be used so that is what I did.
Here you can see them with the first two bands for the double fishtail bracelet.
Of course I had to start by making a rainbow one. So I made a rainbow ‘double fishtail’ bracelet and then a single fishtail one.
These were both easy.
I had a bit more trouble in getting to grips with the method of making an inverted fishtail but I thought that it was probably my favourite.
Being of a nervous disposition I tied a piece of yarn through the last couple of bands so if they slipped off the s-clip the whole thing would not come apart.
Obviously I trimmed off the ends. I left them on here so you can see what I mean.
I had seen that one sort of bracelet you could make was called ‘Dragon Scale’ so of course (loving all things dragonish) I had to investigate.
This required four pins and it was suggested that if one did not have a loom that a fork would do.
My forks are not very big and the bands were too long to work easily that way. I fumbled and fussed and decided I would have to think of another way. I thought my garden rake might do, so there I was sitting on the floor of my integral garage making a dragon scale bracelet.
Next I made a ‘French Braid’ bracelet that I thought very pretty and light – I actually prefer the light weight ones.
I had used all of the red for the dragon scale bracelet so no chance of making another rainbow one, so I was happy to use pink and blue for this. Pink and blue are the colours I wear most often so it will go with lots of my clothes.
At this point I wanted to create something myself and wondered about using three pens.
However I reasoned that whatever I might come up with would probably have been discovered by someone else, so I had a look on the internet and sure enough – there was the three pin fishtail described.
I decided to make this in repeating stripes and thought that if I laid out the bands on my wrist-rest that I could make sure I used the right pattern of bands. However I actually started three bracelets and only kept the third one.
I started with the two shades of pink but they didn’t really show up aginst each other. So I tried pale pink, green, dark pink, purple – 9 bands each but then the stripes were too long. So I reduced the number for each stripe to four and was happy with that.
I find making these bracelets very relaxing and you must imagine me sitting at my computer listening to one of my CDs courtesy of iTunes software (lossless of course – I find MP3s lack depth.)
And happily adding one band after another.
Only slight downside to this bracelet is that you have to cut those three black bands you can see – mind you I didn’t like the black ones really.
And because it is hard to see how pretty it looks here is the dragon scale bracelet worn by me.