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Table of contents
1. Introduction
    1.1. Embroidery Floss
    1.2. Pearl Cotton
    1.3. Craft Thread
    1.4. Yarn
    1.5. Crochet Thread
    1.6. Hemp Cord
    1.7. Silk Cord
    1.8. Leather String
    1.9. Paracord
    1.10. Nylon
    1.11. Sewing Floss
2. Videos


There are several types of string. For friendship bracelets, most types work as long as the colors are right and the thread is not too thin, thick or weak. In every case, here are the most common types:

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery floss (or thread) is yarn that is manufactured or hand-spun specifically for embroidery and other forms of needlework. It is also very good for making bracelets! It is made out of cotton and is six stranded. It can be easily split which can be an advantage if you want to work with thinner material or a disadvantage if it frays too much. It usually comes in skeins of 8m length. It is the material with the biggest variety on colors available. Embroidery floss is made by many different manufacturers and brands with big differences in quality. For more information on that check out the forums.

Pearl Cotton

Pearl Cotton is a material which is also a pretty common material for making bracelets. It's made out of 100% cotton. It is twisted and therefore rather easy to handle. It is available in three different sizes, 3, 5 and 8, with 3 being the thickest and 8 the thinnest thread. 5 is about as thick as embroidery floss and can be easily combined with it. 3 is especially suited for projects like bags where a big size is of advantage, 8 can be used for more delicate projects.

Craft Thread

Craft thread is a twisted material. The big difference is that it doesn't have to be cotton but usually is made out of synthetic fibers. Craft thread is very economical, and cannot be often bought in individual skeins, it is usually sold in packs. It is very "cheaply made" and easily breaks. It is very similar to embroidery floss, but it isn't six stranded. Therefore, it isn't recommended to be combined with embroidery floss or any other thread used for friendship bracelets.


Yarn is a long continuous length of interlocked fibers, suitable for use in the production of textiles, sewing, crocheting, knitting, weaving, embroidery, ropemaking and friendship bracelet making. It comes in a variety of sizes and materials (cotton or synthetic fibers), so combinability isn't always given and it's best to stick to one manufacturer.

Crochet Thread

Crochet thread is specially formulated thread usually made from mercerized cotton for crafting decorative crochet items such as doilies or filet crochet. Crochet thread produces fabric of fine gauge that may be stiffened with starch. It comes in different sizes with 10 being the most common, but that is a little too thin for most of our purposes. For friendship bracelets size 5 (about as thick or a little thicker than embroidery floss, might be combinable) or 8 (a little thinner) are the better pick.

Other, not so common material:

Hemp Cord

Silk Cord

Leather String



Sewing Floss

IMPORTANT:When you want to use Sewing Floss, make sure that the string is doubled or tripled or even six stranded (comparable to embroidery floss), so it will be just perfect at friendship bracelets use.
if using sewing thread- and you get it to the 6 stranded point it might break!! Be aware of this and be careful while making bracelets


Thread Discussion

By Masha Knots

Now, good luck at tying! I hope this gave you some inspiration!

Stefan and the team. :-)


The original author of this tutorial is Stefan, but it has also been edited by Rissa, Foz, Geyn, Gracie04, Huntress, muffin3, lorie, skpluvs2sing, Dodadoo, gracebri, ButterflyWings, Kestrel, Alicat, meimei and Masha_Knots. The tutorial was last updated 7 months ago.

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