Friday, December 9, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: River Stripes

Green Stripe Cuff

When I sat down to write about last week’s bracelet, it suddenly occurred to me that this challenge is nearly at an end. It seems that out of nowhere, the end of the year is approaching - there are only a few weeks left to go. It hardly feels like an entire year has gone by, let alone nearly fifty two bracelets.

I had no idea how difficult this challenge would be at the end, with so many changes to my schedule. I would love to make something big and elaborate for the last leg of this journey, but I don’t know if I can find the time. It would be nice to finish off with the best design yet, but I’ll be happy with whatever inspiration, and opportunity, allows.

In any case, I was a little worried that the designs over the past few weeks have been a little dry. While I’m certainly not wanting for ideas, I have a lot less time to execute them within the tight deadlines of a weekly challenge. For the most recent piece, I set out to do something that fits my current style, but wasn’t previously attempted. In the end, I turned to a stitch that I haven’t used in a really long time - since I first started beading, in fact.

Using plain, ordinary flat brick stitch, and a combination of fun bead colors and shapes, I worked up a simple cuff that looks so much like a rag rug that it makes me think of early 1980’s kitchens, flying carpets, and macramé wall hangings all at once. The combination of greens and blues, with a hint of black and white, has a sort of watery effect, like jewels at the bottom of a lagoon.

I’m very tempted to use this stitch one more time this year, because it was so much fun to play with a simple pattern and an even simpler stitch.

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  1. Beautiful! Congrats on reaching the end of your challenge! I've really enjoyed checking out your pieces every week.

  2. A rag rug! That's exactly what I thought of when I saw your photo in my reader! Your bracelet evokes the soft feel and interesting texture of the rugs my mom used to make. Love the beautiful variation of colors. Very nostalgic and winsome addition to your bracelet adventure!

  3. I love this combination of colors, and the fact that you used different size beads, which a lot of people don't think to do with flat weaves. Beautiful job. (And I love the "rag rug" too.)

  4. I love the rag rug affect. Great colors. Looks comfortable to wear too and a great way to use of small left over amounts of beads. Thanks for the inspiration - that might just get me to go upstairs and dig out some beads and work up a bracelet.Sincerely, Emily


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