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Friendship Bracelets !  Intro ~ 3 ways

Instructor: Karen Zukas

Ages:  All ages 12 and Up 

Format: 2 hour workshop

Date: Thursday, July 11th  OR  August 8th

Time:  10:00 to noon

Course Fee: $35.00 !  Includes all materials.  

Friendship Bracelets ! Intro ~ 3 ways

  • This workshop will teach you to make these sweet and lasting symbols of friendship.  You'll learn 4 basic knots, and will begin and hopefully finish one bracelet during the class.  The tradition is to make two, or to bring a friend and make an identical one for each other as a symbol of your lasting friendship.  Given to one friend from another as a symbol of long-lasting companionship, the traditional rule of thumb is to have one friend tie the other’s bracelet on while the receiver makes a wish. The bracelets are to be worn until they fall off naturally, at which point the wish will be granted. Unbeknownst to many, friendship bracelets date back to ancient Central America. Some decorative knots associated with the bracelets can be traced all the way to China circa 481- 221 B.C. but according to most, Central America is the real birthplace. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the early 1970’s that these babies made their comeback. That was the era when the matching bracelet wave crashed in the United States and flooded the streets of cities around the world.


  • Karen Charbonneau Zukas has been making all kinds of stuff  for most of her life.  She is a graduate of Tufts university and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a master’s degree in education from Western New England University. She is a recognized portrait painter and potter and former columnist for the Bulletin in Boston. She has been teaching various subjects, primarily advanced ESL, fine art, writing, test prep, debate and humanities; at universities, preparatory, public, private and international schools and community ed in Boston and now locally for over 35 years. She and her family moved back to the south coast in 2013. She is currently working on a book which is a series of short animal stories from her personal experiences. She is the proprietor of Peasantware Pottery in New Bedford and the founder of The New Bedford Art and Cultural Emporium at Kilburn ! Email: 

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