Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Fringe Bracelet

Tonight was Techniques Night at the December meeting of the Toronto Bead Society. Twice a year, in December and April, various members volunteer to teach really cool things to 8 or 10 people per table. It's hard to pick just one class, as there are so many interesting choices. Of course the Dixon Chick offered her hooking services but since I've already learned that particular technique and joined her happy hooker club, I opted for the Fringe Bracelet class instead. Many thanks to Wiesia for sharing her very interesting design.

As you can see from the photo, you make little "branches" of beads off the main strand of beads. It's a pretty simple technique and I'm only partly finished, you make branches or leaves up one side of the beads and down the other - I haven't even finished one side yet so I just spread them out to sit on either side for the photo so you get the idea. The finished product is much more fringier (is that a word?). I think it will be fun to try different colour combinations for this pattern and perhaps even different types of beads, or add a special bead at the end of random leaves. We'll see what I can come up with.

We had a fun bunch of ladies at our table. We were swapping stories and discussing our beading addictions - jokes about "who's your dealer?" (translation: what's your favourite bead store?) and having to work a day job to pay for beads were commonplace. Thanks also to those who brought tasty treats to the meeting - yum!

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