How to Finger Weave Bracelets

    by Rochelle French

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    Rochelle French has been a writer and editor since 1994, providing services for businesses, novelists, and publishers. Her articles can be found on and She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from University of California, Davis and is a published author of six pseudonymous novels.


    Finger-woven bracelets have been popular for years. Kids braid these at camp, tying them on their friends as "friendship bracelets." Children may celebrate Friendship Day by making their friends knotted finger-woven bracelets. Finger weaving is a form of macrame, using fine embroidery floss to make the bracelets. A few different ways of creating woven or braided bracelets exist, with the simplest pattern being the candy stripe, or diagonal.

    Things You'll Need

    • Four different colored strands of embroidery floss, each 48 inches in length
    • Masking or craft tape
    • Scissors
    • Small beads (optional)

    Cut one 48-inch section of each color floss and designate each strand as "color A," "color B," "color C" and "color D." You do not need to measure the sections perfectly because you will trim the ends after weaving the bracelet.

    Tie the bundle of floss together at one end, about 2 to 3 inches from the end. Tape the ends just above the knot to a flat work surface.

    Spread the lengths of floss apart slightly. Starting from the left side, take the strand the farthest to the left (color A) and loop it over the strand next to it (color B), then under color B. Pull tightly inside the loop you've just made, tying a knot. Keep tension in color B as you make the knots. Repeat this process, tying another knot with color A and color B to execute the "half-hitch knot" in macrame.

    Tie the same half-hitch knot using color A and color C -- the strand to the immediate right of color B. Tie the half-hitch knot using color A and color D. Color A will now be on the right-hand side of the lengths of floss, opposite from where it was when you began.

    Repeat the same process of tying half-hitch knots, using color B next -- now the strand on the left side. Tie two half-hitch knots of color B to color C, then two half-hitch knots of color B to color D and finally two half-hitch knots of color B to color A. Repeat the pattern until you reach the desired length.

    Finish off the bracelet by tying color A and color B together with color C and color D. Trim the ends to an even length or tie beads at random intervals to the loose ends.

    • Always use high-quality embroidery floss, as it resists unraveling.
    • Use yard instead of embroidery floss to make the process easier.
    • To make a wider and thicker woven bracelet, use triple strands of each color, keeping the colors together while weaving.

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