I wanted to create a bracelet with a bright but simple spring theme, using green as a main focus. I decided to go back to an old design, and use the same technique behind my Mermaid Path bracelet. By using many shades of green with herringbone weave, I could create a base for some simple flowers, with pretty bead waves adding personality to the uncomplicated palette.
I started with 11/0 seed beads in transparent emerald, transparent rainbow lime green, and transparent rainbow medium green. I really love the shimmer of the transparent rainbow finish, and it adds a dew-like quality that’s just perfect for a spring flower patch. Then I selected some 6mm round beads for my flower centers - cats eyes in pink, yellow and purple. For petals, I grabbed some white luster 15/0 seed beads.
I started by creating a handful of beaded flower beads, using leaf fringe and brick stitch to shape the white petals. Once I had a bunch, I used the green seed beads to make the herringbone base. Because the flowers are so large, it’s hard to see the wavy shape created by the herringbone increases. I had been looking forward to the swirling appearance, but now I think that flat rows of green are a better background for a patch of colorful daisies.
I would like to thank Artbeads.com for providing the TOHO™ seed beads used in this piece. Inspirational Beading has not received paid compensation for including Artbeads.com products or reviews in this blog post. I have shared my honest opinions about the products used in this design.
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