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Thursday, March 12, 2015


It has been too long since I posted on the blog. I have been working very hard on some handwoven bracelets. I've had a lot of epic fails but I did get a couple of nice pieces out of the deal. I even bought myself a special bracelet loom.

I'm planning on starting back at the St. Augustine old city farmers market on Saturdays, at least every other Saturday starting this weekend.   Wish me luck.

Here are a few pictures of what I did come up with.

One of the problems I'm having is the figuring out the finished size of the bracelet along with the added in fastening. I also have to take into consideration how much the technique I'm weaving has in take-up. Sometimes you can lose up to 30% of your weaving with work face take up. So I ended up with some that will very much be children's bracelets,  as they turned out too small for an adult to slip over their hand.

On this one I tried a little inlay technique. 

The first one you see here is a lead slips on to an adult's arm. The one you see on the right has charms all the way around it and it is so stinking cute. But it is only big enough for a child to slip onto their arm.

A choker or two made it into the mix also.

I really love this blue and purple together.

And of course I also had to add in some natural elements. I made these buttons from slices of tree limb. Juniper/Cedar of course.

I absolutely love these glass beads for the closure.

And here we have another one with the Cedar button…

Ii got a thread crossed on the backside of this next one. But I made it for myself anyway. So I just hide the flaw on the inside and wear it anyway. It just slips over my wrist no closure.  This technique creates a very heavy boardy/stiff         fabric.  So I just sewed the ends together and slip it onto my arm. It is so heavy in fact the sewing machine really didn't like working with it.

And we all know how much I love to do scrolls. I will indeed be doing more bracelets. I'm trying to find something where I can finish one or two in a day versus 1 a week. 

The baskets and the weaving handbags are much more time-consuming so we'll see how it goes. Stay tuned there will be more prototypes coming.

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