I was delighted yesterday when I saw the subject line, A Treasure Bracelet, over on Kaite's blog. I knew just what her post was going to be about and I couldn't wait to read it...
Kaite, who is way over the Big Puddle from me in Australia, found her inspiration for making one (or two) of these bracelets from Robin Atkin's book, Beaded Treasures - Finger Woven Bracelets, Necklaces, Tassels and Straps. Since I also learned this technique from Robin, I wrote to Kaite right away and offered to blog about my own experience. I just lovelovelove the power of beads to create international communication and sharing!
I too, had some difficulty with my first bracelet (above) but I think that's to be expected when it's the *first*. It feels to me like there are not enough beads and the ones I did use, are too widely spaced. I also wove them with the stacks & loops too high so they all stick out too far. I've since learned a fairly easy fix for these issues (by using a tapestry-like needle and weaving in more beads) but I haven't done that yet. A mixed blessing, since this actually provides a good comparison photo when I put it next to the second bracelet which I like much better.
For those of you who like to see the backside of things as much as I do, this one's for you:
These bracelets DO feel wonderful on the wrist. You can pack them full of all kinds of beads & trinkets that hold special meaning or memories. Or just play like crazy. Robin has even done all buttons, oh my!
They don't take long to make once you get going...really.
Have you made a woven treasure bracelet? If so, it would be great to hear about your experience. Until next time, friends, share with each other.
p.s. Kaite, this has been fun!