A couple of weeks ago, I finished a single peyote stitch bracelet, and immediately knew that since I enjoyed making it so much, this was going to be my “Summer of Peyote Stitching.” Well, it appears so.
My friend, Deborah Wear-Finkle is a talented artist, an intelligent woman, and a lot of fun to be around. She expanded her creativity recently by opening her own Etsy shop, Shoshin Arts, and offering some of her original peyote patterns, among other delightful items. Her Japanese brushwork-inspired bracelet, “Plum Branch Cuff Bracelet,” was my second peyote stitch work I tackled this past week.
(As an aside, I like things Japanese: I enjoy reading about their history, politics, culture, and art, and savoring the cuisine. One of my cousins spent her childhood living in Japan, and in college one of my Bachelor of Arts degrees focused heavily on the Japanese political system, art, and history. So, this bracelet was one of those excited “I want it!” things.)
Deborah’s pattern calls for 8O round seed beads, but I took my version in a different direction by using 11O Delicas (cylinder beads) instead. I liked how theses beads make the plum branch very delicate-looking, and the overall look is smooth. Seriously, I am delighted at how delicate the branch looks, with that almost-paint-brushed-look about it. Yes, to me it looks like Sumi-e, or Oriental brush painting.
Additionally, it made for a much smaller (4” x 5/8”) piece, and stiffer, too. I was pleased with my result, although since the piece was about half the length it should be for a bracelet, I was going to stitch more rows to add to the length. Then I thought I’d add tassels and make it a bookmark. Then my husband, Gene, suggested I add a beaded loop to one end and hang it as wall art.
I did that. I added a row of peyote stitches for the loop, and hung it. It’s a simple, delicate, and an interesting piece of wall art that reminds me of my friend each time I see it on my foyer wall.
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