This bracelet popped out of nowhere during a creative slump. I wasn’t intending to make anything in particular, I just needed to start something. A lot of tinkering around with different beads eventually lead to this design, that I absolutely love. It’s the first design in which I’ve used Rose Montees and I couldn’t be happier.
Living in New Zealand, I’m constantly exposed to Pacific Island culture and design. The motif created by the layout of beads is reminiscent of the flower images often found on traditional Polynesian Tapa cloths. I’d like to say that that was the inspiration behind this bracelet, but the truth is, I didn’t see the Polynesian motif in the design until a friend made the Pacific connection when I was looking for a name for the pattern (Thanks Hayley!).
Of course, there is a tutorial for this bracelet, which you can find, with a materials list, here.
It turns out, I quite enjoy writing tutorials, who would have thought? It’s nice to have something to work on during those evenings when the creative juices just aren’t flowing through my needles. I now have three tutorials in store, including one for my Rosetta bracelets pictured below. I have also added a link to the menu of this blog that goes directly to the Tutorials section of my store.
I’ve been having fun with two-holed beads this week. I’ve used Superduos in the past, but not a lot, so I decided that it’s high-time I got them out and played around. I came up with a design I call The Orient Express, which I then repeated using Tila’s and Rulla’s; my first time using these shapes. The tutorial for The Orient Express is coming soon.
Then I found a little packet of Rizo beads that Preciosa sent me as a freebie sometime last year and I came up with a cute little chain design that I call Hop-Scotch. It’s super easy and basically Right Angle Weave. Feel free to copy it if you can see the thread-path – I intend to release it as a free-tutorial for beginners.