This week’s bracelet was a bit of a last minute success. I was really sidetracked with other projects, and I needed a simple design that I could create in just a few days. While I was putting away shell beads from a necklace I had just finished, some blue mother of pearl rectangles jumped out at me.
I’ve only used them once before, in my SOS necklace, and since then I’ve been at a loss for what to use them for. Sometimes I wonder why I bother buying accent beads, since I don’t really do stringing, and I often have to hold on to things forever before an idea takes hold. Luckily, something usually comes along, and it often works out, too.
I was a little surprised by how easy it was to come up with a technique for using the rectangles after all this time, and I worried that it wouldn’t turn out as well as planned. I used a combination of right angle weave and ladder stitch to weave the shells together in a simply line, added a button, and voila! I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out., especially with the beachy combination of blue and topaz.