This bracelet was an experiment in free-form weaving. Not free form as in absent warp and weft, but free form as in design. I had no plan when I started, other than it should be dark and goth-like.
It was intended as a gift for someone, but alas, I have not yet perfected sizing my loom pieces, and it fell short of her wrist. Pooh!
That said, I remain pleased with it. The clasp is pleasantly hefty and solid, the woven band is nicely tactile. With the sizing exception, it turned out well.
The black background highlights the Mardi Gras colored design, with it’s peaks and ogees.
This bracelet reminds me of the small forget-me-not flowers I used to see as a child. They were always one of the first harbingers of Spring, popping up to remind one there was sunshine and warmth and longer days ahead.
The green base is bead woven on a loom. I liken it to the stems and leaves of the flowers. It was then enhanced with matte periwinkle circles, each one dotted with a yellow center. A tiny blue picot surrounds the edge, and protects the warp and weft from wear. (Try saying that three times fast!)
Shhh! Don’t tell, but this is a birthday present for a dear friend who is an awesome gardener. I hope she likes it.
Purple, Magenta, Green. The first flowers poking through the snow. Days are getting longer. The sun is rising earlier, setting later.
More experimentation with the bead loom. The base of the bracelet was woven using 10° delicas. It was fun both because it went quickly and helped expand my horizons.
The little flowers are matte green o-beads and sparkly magenta 15°s. The magentas also make up the picot edge. The whole band is wrapped through a pair of hammered gunmetal D rings, snicked with a magnetic clasp.
For Christmas Prince Charming gave me a bead loom. Given my textile background, when I started reading about them, they became most interesting.
I present the initial bracelet. I must say, once the first two to three rows are in, projects work up very quickly! Until the last two rolls, which take a bit of coercion. Not bad for a first attempt using size 8° seeds.
This one doesn’t fit me in the least, being waaay too large. But it will fit someone. I learned a lot, which was the whole purpose. I can see beading this way as being a much quicker means to an end; creating beaded bases on which to embellish.