Sunday, June 12, 2011

Beaded Cuff Bracelet in Progress

This is a work-in-progress that I started last night. Seems most all my designs begin on Saturday night!
This is a birthday present for a friend that has a teeny tiny wrist. I'm off to see if I can find black beads. I've started the beaded picot stitch with a metallic bead but thinking black beads might be the ticket. I have a beautiful French black jet button I will use for the toggle. And I've started to add an elastic loop for the toggle instead of the beaded ones. The elastic gives that 1/4" "give" although asthetically I prefer a beaded loop. I used a  pretty rust suede leather for the back. Years ago I was designing pieces for  a leather company  in another life, and they sent me large pelts of various leathers.  I was designing Native American pieces for magazine articles and advertising. The leather is so soft.

My friend wanted her bracelet to be designed in orange.  I use men's ties for the base fabrics and after a bit of searching, found a great 1960's men's rayon tie with just the right amount of orange.  On the East Coast, we  wear lots of black and I think this cuff will look great with a black turtleneck. I know orange is a trending color and the last time I can remember orange being so popular, was back in the 1980's.


Socrates said...

Beautiful work. What patience to do all that hand beading! Your friend will love it.

Victoria Adams Brown said...

Thank you! These are so much fun to make - or relaxing, to simply be still for a couple of hours and add the little beads, usually with the help of a puppy and a couple of kitties. The bracelet looks different now with the black beads.

shirley said...

Lovely beading, and great design. The idea of using men's ties is clever. I am sure your friend will love this and it will go with so many things.

Nanouanne said...

I love the improvement with the black beads. I cannot wait to see this cuff completed, I guess it will look gorgeous! Congratulations Victoria.