Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pussy Willow Bracelet

Pretty In Pink Panther

As adults, we often take the beauty of nature for granted. A blue sky with big white clouds, wild flowers along the side of the road, and birds singing in the trees are so much a part of our lives that we don’t always notice them.

Once in awhile, nature gives us something that is so wonderful, we can’t help but think of it fondly. Tropical fish and brightly colored butterflies are some things that come to mind. Because we don’t see them every day, their charm does not wear off over time.

Some of nature’s gifts can only be enjoyed at certain times of year, and because of this, we treasure them even more. They are often most valuable to us as children, which is the case with pussy willows. To a young heart, there are few things more wonderful than the fuzzy little buds that pop up in the spring.

The Inspiration:

I recently took the opportunity to try out the new peanut seed beads. I remembered seeing an announcement for them awhile back, so when I was shopping for new needles I scooped some up. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time, so I grabbed some in pink, hoping that a fun color would spark some inspiration.

Pussy Willow Bead Palette

The Beads:

After much pondering, I decided to play it safe and use the peanut beads as accents. I paired them with some pretty gray seed beads at first. The gray-lined black color has been one of my favorites ever since I first learned about the existence of seed beads. I have used them several times to imitate pussy willows, because the two-tone color is perfect for the task. To complete the look, I made a mixture of assorted brown 11/0 seed beads.

Pussy Willow Bracelet by The Sage's Cupboard

The Beadwork:

Instead of trying to make actual buds, I simply used the colors I had chosen to mimic a pussy willow tree. The brown beads make up the base of the spiral rope, with the peanut beads adding texture within the rows. To make it a little more interesting, I increased and decreased the number of beads every five rows.

I really like the way the bracelet turned out, but I’m still not satisfied. I’m anxious to really put the peanut beads to work. I still have them sitting out on my work space, waiting for just the right project. I’m afraid to put them away until inspiration strikes!

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