On Monday night, I met a beading idol, Sherry Serafini. I have been in awe of Sherry's work for some time and it was her work and her book, Sensational Bead Embroirdery, that made me try bead embroidery for the first time.
If you haven't seen Sherry's work, take a look at her gallery. You'll be in beaded heaven.
Sherry teamed up with Marcia DeCoster this year for the Bead Dreams competition. Marcia created gorgeous components for Sherry to play with. The result is a gorgeous necklace.
So, I was really looking forward to Shery's "Rebel Cuff" class.
Three stones bezeled in peyote stitch make up the focal of the cuff. Several ladies in the class had never done peyote and Sherry was right there walking them through the stitch and the step up, which is confusing the first few times you try peyote in the round. I think, by the end of class, everyone was comfortable with the stitch.
I was pleased to have *almost* completed the focal during class.
The bracelet strap is made by whip stitching a piece of leather to a piece of suede.
(The focal looks a bit off center because I allowed a bit of space for the overlap on the snap. It now occurs to me that I didn't have to do that. At least you can't tell when I'm wearing it.)
I always think that an embroidered piece needs to be completely covered in beads. This bracelet made me rethink that assumption.
I love how the focal takes center stage and the leather itself is gorgeous and feels awesome against my skin.
I also love the feel of the chain dangles.
I'm in love with the bracelet and so happy I took Sherry's class.
I'm ready to try more embroidery. It's almost like painting on a canvas and the results can be amazing.