Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Tasty Trios

Triple Color Palette St. Petersburg Bracelets

This week I have not one but four pretty bracelets to share, each with a three-color palette. I might have made even more of these, but I had to stop somewhere, and eventually a necklace idea started calling to me.

It all started when I found a little nod to my St. Petersburg chain tutorial on MadDesigns by Marcie DeCoster. After I got over the excitement of such a great compliment, I realized that way back when I was first planning my Bracelet a Week challenge, I jotted down an idea to make a simple double St. Petersburg bracelet.

I’m not sure why this project kept getting skipped over, apart from nearly two months’ worth of must-make Egyptian ideas that I had to work through. When I had a look at my bracelet idea list again, I found double St. Petersburg nearly obscured between crossed out brick stitch medallions and ladder stitched peyote tubes. I seem to recall that I thought it was ‘too simple’, even though I’ve done a few multi-bracelet posts before.

Once I started thinking about it, I realized that it would be a bit refreshing to do some really basic bracelets, and it never hurts to have a few door crashers handy. So I pulled some beads and got stitching. Once I started, it was hard to stop!

Tasty Trio St. Petersburg Bracelets

I have quite a few nearly finished packets of 8/o seed beads in my stash, and these bracelets provided a great opportunity to use some of them up. I combined each color with two others that have a fruity appeal – plus one Egyptian palette for good measure.

First I made a citrus trio with, lemon, orange and dark, lime-peel green. To go with yellow 8/o beads, I picked raspberry pink, then added pale, peachy orange to make a Tutti-frutti palette. Vibrant papaya orange is exotic and tasty with plum and fig (rootbeer brown). Finally, matte black with topaz and aqua looks great in Egyptian stripes.

I still have lots of 8/o stragglers, so I may have to make another batch of these sooner or later!

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  1. these remind me of dressy rope bracelets the teens wear! VERY cool!

  2. I love your flower "button" closures...are these your own signature design or is it something you teach others to make and use in their work? Thanks!

  3. Thank you! I have included instructions for the button clasps in some of my PDF tutorials, and I hope to create a compilation of all-beaded clasps in the future.

    The technique is just a variation of circular brick stitch, which you can find here:

  4. You are always so generous with your knowledge...thank you, I will be trying this out!!

  5. St. Petersburgh chain, a stitch I have yet to try, but I love all your bracelets and all your colour choices. Will have to make myself one, or a few!!

  6. I love this stitch! You can either dress it way up, or way down, it always looks great. Great color choices, so bright and cheery!

  7. They look great! Some of my favorite bracelets to wear are my simplest designs.

  8. Oh I love your beady brain! These are so sweet and simple but you make them so stunning! Gorgeous work!

  9. How lovely! My daughter enjoys beading and knows some basic skills. I'll be bookmarking your blog for her to see ideas!
    Laurie...visiting from the blog tour


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