I used a Czech glass button as the focal and took off from there. I learned several things from this cuff. I think the most important thing was that using the same color beads with different finishes give a piece lots of texture and variation. I also discovered that you can incorporate some peyote stitch in embroidery for an accent. In this piece I worked a peyote tube off a back stitched row of beads.
You can see the peyote tube in this picture. I also discovered that I like short fringe using lentils or glass rings in a bead embroidered piece. Some fringe with the glass rings are coming out of the peyote tube.
This is the other side of the cuff and you can see the turquoise beads are shiny and raku and the effect it gives. Also, the moss stitch in the lavender beads are two finishes, silver lined and unlined.
This was a fun project for me because I learned so much from it and I ended up with a very wearable cuff. I learn things from each project I do because each one offers it's own opportunity to try something different. My favorite books on the subject are Jaime Cloud Eakins' books, especially her new one, Dimensional Bead Embroidery. Sometimes I just pick it up to look at all the eye candy. But, it also has wonderful information and guidance on design and stitches. Sherry Serafini is also very inspirational and provides lots of eye candy and good instruction in her books. Check them out if you haven't already and you're interested in bead embroidery.
Well, thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day!