Last week, I showed you how to design with your shibori ribbon and stitch it into place to create a cuff bracelet (part one at this link). This week, we'll look at some of the embellishment possibilities that exist with this fascinating material!
1. Stitch, glue, or double-stick tape your large focal(s) into place.
2. Bezel your focals. I used peyote stitch with a final row of RAW.
3. Stitch beads along the edges of the ribbon to cover the stitches.
4. Add seed beads and accent beads into the ribbon folds as you desire. Any folds that don't have beads, it's a good idea to tack them down with small stitches down deep in the ditches. Stitch carefully to avoid catching additional silk and creating puckers.
5. Use decorative stitches besides just back stitch and stack stitch if you desire. I used African helix here to do some fill-ins.
6. Originally I planned to leave some of the foundation fabric visible, but I got a bit carried away...
7. Finish with a back stitched outline if you'd like.
8. Use glue or double-stick tape to place the trimmed top onto the metal blank. Wrap a piece of backing fabric around the inside of the blank. Baste through both layers of fabric around the edges, and trim the backing to match the top.
9. Here you can see the basting stitches on the inside of the bracelet. Stitch an edging brick stitch all along the outside edge, and then remove the basting. Add any fringe or picots that you desire. I used a short stack of two size 15/0 seed beads on each edging bead, which are size 11/0s.
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