RUSSIAN CHAIN ROPE BRACELET
Simple elegance! Stitch the Petersburg Chain and Simple Chain techniques to encase a cascading array of sparkling Austrian crystal beads within this rope bracelet.
I was at a point in time where I had to develop a new Petersburg Chain project for our classes. The Traditional project, I felt, had been done to death, and while very appealing, it was no longer anything special. The project had to be relatively simple, yet elegant and sophisticated, and truthfully, had to be more appealing than the traditional project design. So, I used a more prominent bead to connect the two strips, then turned this project into a rope by connecting the sides together.
I am very focused on redefining bead weaving stitches in architectural terms. At the core, this means determining what about the stitch is supportive of “shape”, and what about the stitch is supportive of “movement, drape and flow.” It became clear that every pair of Petersburg Chain Stitch rows is connected with what functions as a “box joint”. Based on this understanding, I developed a simple Chain Stitch, also relying on the architectural properties of a “box joint”. I used this simple Chain Stitch to connect the two sides of the bracelet into a rope.
As shown: $175.00
This project specially adapted as Petersburg Chain Rope Bracelet for Jewelry Television (jtv.com)