Today marks the half-way point in my year-long Bracelet a Week challenge. I’ve got to say that it feels like a lot more than twenty six bracelets have gone by. But at the same time, I can’t believe it’s half over already. I do have some design repeats planned for the next few months, but I still have a long list of original pieces to experiment with as well.
This week’s bracelet is something new, and was inspired by my tribal fringe necklace. I really liked the look of the bead loops from the fringe as they wrapped around the twisted herringbone rope, and I wanted to see how it would look in a bracelet size.
I decided to go with a plain herringbone tube, instead of twisted. When you combine Fireline with really tight stitches, twisted herringbone doesn’t offer a lot of give in small lengths, and I wanted to make sure that this bracelet had a nice shape. To get a gentle curve, I used two different bead finishes, with three rows of lined beads snuggled together to form the backbone of the bracelet.
It took awhile to decide on a palette and pattern for the looped embellishments. I was going to use bright orange, but I decided to stick with subtle colors instead. I like how everything turned out, especially the picot and druk caps at the ends of the rope.
Now to plan the first bracelet for the last half of the journey!