RELISH LOOKBOOK SPRING 2014 (PART 1)

I've been working hard, putting together my RELish Lookbook for Spring 2014 with the amazing Allie Nurthern of Alexandra Lee Nurthern Photography.  The photos are turning out so well! Here are a few more we're now unveiling.
It’s been so much fun to put together my RELish Lookbook for Spring 2014 with the amazing Allie Nurthern of Alexandra Lee Nurthern Photography. The photos are turning out so well! Here are a few we’re ready to unveil.
Here are a couple RELish friendship bracelets coming out this spring.  The leather RELish Your Charms wrap bracelet  on the left is already up in my store here.  The friendship bracelets featured on the right are part of my new line but I am currently taking custom orders.
Here are a couple RELish friendship bracelets coming out this spring. The leather RELish Your Charms wrap bracelet on the left is already up in my store here. The friendship bracelets featured on the right are part of my new line but I am currently taking custom orders. You can also learn to make your own friendship bracelet using the DIY turtorial I posted a few weeks ago here.
My sister, Adena, helped me to model my latest RELish collection.
My sister, Adena, helped me to model my latest RELish collection.
I loved making these RELish Your Friendship bracelets because each one is unique.  I hand-knotted each bracelet and then added studs for a rocker-chic feel.
I love making these RELish Your Friendship bracelets because each one is unique. I hand-knot each bracelet and then add studs and/or chain for a rocker-chic feel.
I loved finding all of the unique vintage pieces that made this one-of-a-kind necklace come together.  I collected the  charms and chain from vintage markets across London.  The chain itself is made out of an old pocket watch chain.
I loved finding all of the unique vintage pieces that made this one-of-a-kind necklace come together. I collected the charms and chain from vintage markets across London. The chain itself is made out of an old pocket watch chain.
I love the color of this leather RELish Your Charms bracelet.  The turquoise pops with any outfit and makes a statement.
I love the color of this leather RELish Your Charms bracelet. The turquoise pops with any outfit and makes a statement.
This RELish Your Jewels headband is one of a kind and making it was definitely a labor of love.  I hand-stitched each seed bead and jewel onto suede material and the process is quite time consuming. I love making pieces like this, though, because the finished product is so worth it.
This RELish Your Jewels headband is one of a kind and making it was definitely a labor of love. I hand-stitched each seed bead and jewel onto suede material and the process is quite time consuming. I love making pieces like this, though, because the finished product is so worth it.
RELish Your Charms leather wrap bracelets are made of soft Italian leather and they come in tons of different colors.  Each bracelet is handmade and is one-of-a-kind.  The bracelets are adorned in all different kinds of gold vintage charms.  I love how they look gathered together.
RELish Your Charms leather wrap bracelets are made of soft Italian leather and they come in tons of different colors. Each bracelet is handmade and is one-of-a-kind. The bracelets are adorned in all different kinds of gold vintage charms. I love how they look gathered together.
I loved making these RELish headbands. Just like the one featured above, I hand-sewed each bead onto suede leather and with these, I also used peacock feathers.  My sister and I love wearing them over our hair for a 1920's throwback feel.
I loved making these RELish headbands. Just like the one featured above, I hand-sewed each bead onto suede leather and with these, I also used peacock feathers. My sister and I love wearing the headbands over our hair for a 1920’s throwback feel.

D.I.Y. STUDDED FRIENDSHIP BRACELET

Studded D.I.Y. Friendship BraceletsFriendship bracelets are generally made up of a bunch of knots tied in different patterns. Once you nail the main “stitch,” which I will describe below, the possibilities for your own friendship bracelet heaven are endless.

To create a bracelet like the ones shown above, you will need some embroidery thread which is also sometimes referred to as floss. Prism is a brand I love to use because this company provides so many great colors. You will also need measuring tape, scotch tape, a safety pin and a pair of scissors.

Embroidery FlossI used the following 6 colors: indigo, pink, turquoise, yellow, green and white.  Of course, you can choose any colors you want.

Once you have your embroidery thread in hand, measure out about 80 inches of each color. The longer the strands, the longer your bracelet can ultimately be but I’ve found this is a great length for most wrists.

Next, gather all of your colors together side by side and fold all of them in half so that all of the ends of the different colors of thread line up at the bottom. You will now essentially have two strands of each color in your hand and you will be holding a loop up top. Go ahead and tie a knot at this loop to keep all of the strand in place.

From here, tape your knot to a hard surface in front of you–like a coffee table (that’s what usually works for me). You can also put a safety pin through the knot and pin it to a surface that will help to keep the strands in place.

Each knot you are about to make is made up of you looping one strand of thread around the strand next to it and pulling the end of the first strand through it twice. I call it the “double knot stitch.” Here is an example of how the stitch itself looks:This double knot stitch is utilized throughout the whole friendship bracelet process. For my bracelet, I used “V” shapes and “Diamond” shapes. To make the “V” shapes, I split my threads in half–one group of the six colors on one side–and the second group of the six colors on the other.

From there, I would knot each color inward using the double knot stitch above until I reached the middle. Once both sides meet, I would then knot the last two strands in the middle (which should be the same colors) together, forming a “V” shape. Here is a diagram that is a big help when you’re first learning:

The “Diamond Designs” which you can begin to see further down my bracelet are a bit trickier. To help you out with these, I’m loving the following tutorial by Stripes and Sequins. Don’t be nervous to mess up your stitches. You can always take out stitches that didn’t go your way with a safety pin or needle.

Once your bracelet is at the desired length, simply tie a knot at the end. If you want to go ahead and add studs like I did for some extra edge, now is the time. I used six-sided studs this time around but there are tons of studs out there! Here are some others I’m inspired by which you can purchase on Etsy.Once you’re done, tie your bracelet around your wrist and knot it in place. Pair it with your favorite bangles. I am loving bangles by Alex and Ani because there are hundreds of personalized styles to choose from. I’m also loving amazing rocker chic bracelets by Rebecca Minkoff. Enjoy!

Here’s How My Bracelet Turned Out: