I was trying to think of one more bracelet we could do and started fiddling around with embroidery floss and braids. Regular 3 strand braided bracelets were cool, but not different. And I knew a lot of girls would like to learn how to fishtail braid, so there it was.
These took a LONG time though. After about an hour of watching the girls I realized it would go a lot faster if you used 2-3 strands at a time. So I began making them with 12-14 strands instead of 6-8, and I used 3 strands of the same color to cross over instead of 1 shown in the tutorial. The result was a very cool, chunky, and much quicker version. BUT because there were so many strands the knots were very chunky and hard to wear as a bracelet. So we made much faster thick and chunky FishTail Key chains, too. I didn't get any pictures though, sorry. Too busy craftin'.
Figuring how to organize the thread was tricky. I ended up cutting all the 1 yard strands myself and wrapping them around a clothespin so the girls could just unravel one strand at a time. This worked pretty well, but I realized quickly that there is no real organized way to do anything with 100 girls and embroidery floss. So it just ended up as a free for all with the floss all over the place. Which is okay if they're okay. I guess.
It was hard for me to walk away on that one.
Here's the tutorial:
Click HERE for another tutorial on Fishtail Bracelets I found, from Oh So Pretty.