MONET'S GARDEN BRACELET
A vibrant garden of seed beads! A unique color blending technique with simple fringe enhances this square stitched base.
The Monet's Garden Bracelet was designed by Kathleen Lynam. I modified the instructions and selected the color palettes. Everyone loves to wear this piece.
The bracelet consists of a square-stitched base, off of which we create flower stalks and fringes. Along the sides, we further embellish with a book-bind-stitch garden walk and an additional picot edging treatment. The clasp assembly consists of a button and a peyote-stitched loop.
At the heart of this piece is a mathematical formula used to blend colors from one end of the bracelet to the other.
It is important, I believe, for a contemporary piece of jewelry to have a sense of dimensionality, movement, and a strong use of color. Color blending with beads is always challenging. It is not like paints, where you can merge and blend colors with ease. Beads are physical objects with set colors. You can't mush them together, The transition from bead to bead in any piece, requires the eye/brain, when interacting and interpreting colors, to literally jump a cliff between the inevitable gaps between each bead. You want the viewer to have a satisfying, pleasurable journey as their eye/brain moves along that line of color-transitioning beads.
We created two palettes -- Spring and Fall.