I have been working on beauties like this for a little while now. I love making them and I love the way they feel. I've been working with several kinds of yarns to find the ones I like best but I am trying to stay with "natural" fiber. Natural is such a worthless word to use when it comes to food that I hesitate to use it here. Truly, when it is on a package of food it means nothing really. But when I use it in the context of fibers I mean cotton, silk, linen and hemp. I want fibers that breathe but don't add too much warmth.
The first time I made these I was getting ready for a show in Phoenix. Believe me, I always take warmth into consideration there. It is such a different climate for me that look at me wrong and I start sweating (Oh, forgive me, I forgot. Women glow, they don't sweat...yeah, right. Sad to say I sweat. And I get hot flashes too. What a treat. Back to the bracelets). So that was a real factor in the decision of fibers.
These are worked in a free form fashion meaning that I don't have a set plan when I start out and I let each bracelet talk to me and let it inform me as to the shape it wants and any embellishments, if any, it needs to be completed. I work in white or off white natural (there's that word again) colors and sometimes I will coffee or tea dye them to knock back the starkness of the white a bit. I love building up the differing textures and I don't want too much color to detract from it.
I like to add small rusty keys and washers, bits of lace and fabric and the gleam of pearls to them. And of course the vintage button closures are mainly mother-of-pearl, fitting in nicely with the "natural" feel and flow. And I love how they can be worn in different ways, depending on the look of feel you want. And some of them are adjustable in the length just by where you decide to button them.
So within the next few days, I should have these on my etsy store, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5038616 . They are sweet and comfortable and make me think of gentler times.