More Ribbon Bracelets

I just love beading these bracelets. They’re a great way to play with color palettes inspired by the different buttons I use for the clasps. I first wrote about my love affair with these herringbone stitch bracelets here.

These wonderful porcelain buttons were created by Maryann Carroll of Artisan Beads Plus. The delicate, muted colors remind me of the awakening spring world outside.

Here’s another view. Maryann describes her bead/component process as follows:

– Individually hand-crafted
– Dried and then smoothed with a sponge
– Bisque fired to about 1850 degrees F (1000 C)
– Glazed with about 3 coats of glaze
– Fired again to about to 2200 degrees F (1240 C)

Amazing, beautiful work.

This color palette reminds me of sea and sand. I just love the texture on these buttons.

Herringbone stitch gets its name from the way the beads sit next to each other in a v-shaped pattern. The beads in my bracelets are woven in 2 at a time except for the single row of larger beads running down the middle of the bracelet. This stitch creates a bead fabric that feels silky and sinuous against the skin. Almost like a second skin. The button and loop clasp make for a super easy on and off that my “getting older” fingers are grateful for.

For this bracelet, I chose a vibrant color palette to match this beautiful vintage style button I purchased years ago at a Whole Bead show in Providence, RI.

For the center row of larger beads, I chose triangle shaped seed beads that interlock together perfectly. The majority of beads in these bracelets are a size 11.

Interestingly enough, I shared my ribbon bracelets last year right before a spring trip out to Michigan and here I am leaving tomorrow for a trip out there. I’ll be sure to visit my favorite bead store in Frankenmuth, Bead Haven, as well as a stop by Munro Crafts in Berkley. Stay tuned for treasure sharing!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a most wonderful week.


8 comments on “More Ribbon Bracelets

  1. Judy Shea says:

    Excuse me while I pick up my jaw from the floor… wow! These are just beautiful. These are a hit, Karen. The way your bead just blows me away and leaves me shaking my head.

  2. artandtea says:

    Haha! Thanks Judy, my friend! 🙂

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Steph! 🙂

  4. Wow, these are beautiful! I would love to try this, but until I can get my paddy fingers on a magnifying lamp, I’m going to have to give them a pass; these old eyes just aren’t up for something so small and fiddly.

    Thank you so much for sharing this and all of the things you post here! I just stumbled across your blog a few days ago and have greatly enjoyed reading some of your earlier posts on tea and beading. I’m a tea drinker too and it’s great to read such detailed reviews of so many different teas.

  5. acrawley63 says:

    Awesome ribbon bracelets, Karen. Dare I say that these are even prettier than the ones you shared last year. Love the color combinations.

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Sulien77, and for visiting!

    Thanks, Amy, I’m always happy to hear your feedback about my creations. These color combos are much more me. 🙂

  7. Michelle says:

    Karen, Do you have a tutorial on these beautiful ribbon bracelets?!?! I have done a few herringbone bracelets. I love the larger bead in the center, the ceramic buttons, and the button loops. Beautiful! Michelle

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