“If you can dream it you can do it” –Walt Disney
When I was little I loved to be busy. My mother provided me the opportunity to join any club, group, sport, or event I had my heart set on. It was a great childhood of exploring and constantly being entertained.
When I approached my mother and said I wanted to start my own business, it was no surprise that she was very supportive. She explained I would have to figure out what I was passionate about first. After many afternoons at the mall and the craft store, I soon found my passion: friendship bracelets. With thousands of skeins of embroidery floss and a mastery of knots, I started my business venture.
A friendship bracelet is a bracelet given by one person to another as a symbol of friendship. Friendship bracelets are often handmade, usually of embroidery floss or thread and are a type of macrame. There are various styles and patterns, but most are based on the same simple half-hitch knot. (Wikipedia)
Friendship bracelets have a long history that most people don’t know about, originating in China and later in Central America. They were first seen in the US in the early 1970s, and in the 1980s they were seen during protests about the disappearances of Mayan Indians and peasants in Guatemala. They then become a symbol of teenage meaning: the number of bracelets signified how many friends you had. Traditionally, friendship bracelets must be worn until the threads wear out and it falls off naturally, which honors the hard work and love of the friend that made it.
Last Friday I shared my passion and first business venture with the team. Everyone picked out their colors and we had a group lesson on how to make a 6 color chevron bracelet. We all learned and experimented in our own way. There were thin, thick, knotted, braided and every type of bracelet in between. Though we may not be going into the friendship bracelet business anytime soon, we certainly have more craft lessons in our future. Perhaps the next business venture is just around the corner.
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity” –Kahlil Gibran