My friend Julie suggested the name Tidal Pool for this bracelet, and I think that's perfect since it's decorated with pearls and features an ocean jasper stone focal!
1. Prepare the base by drawing a rough pattern from your metal cuff and copying it onto fusible interfacing. Iron the interfacing to the back of the foundation fabric. Do not cut the piece to size...leave a healthy margin because it is almost sure to shrink up a bit as you stitch.
Pile of pleated silk shibori ribbon
2. Play with the ribbon, letting it flop and fold until you like the looks.
3. Tack down at one end with small stitches in the ditches. Don't worry about the thread color...your stitches will be covered by beads later. If you stitch in an area that won't be covered later, be more careful to bury your stitches inside the folds.
4. Roll the edges under along the length of the ribbon and tack down with small stitches. These will also be covered later.
5. You can twist the ribbon completely over if you like.
6. Fan out some areas of the ribbon and pinch other areas together. Stitch into the foundation to hold the folds and meanderings in place.
7. Instead of flipping the ribbon completely, you can twist just part of it over and tack it together (see the large stitch at the top).
8. Choose focals, accents, and seed beads in colors and sizes that you might want to use.
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