Great news! We found a new source for the lovely shells that are an integral part of this wonderful bracelet. And can again offer this in all its gorgeous glory!
Beowulf talks of the Whale's Road as the name for the oceans of the world. Here we present a new Bead Stew Bracelet for your knitting pleasure.
We love the overall look of this bracelet, done with real seashells that have been drilled to work as most lovely beads.
Indeed, there are all sorts of special beads that go into making this most unique piece.
We have some most intriguing beads to which we added some 2-3mm Heishi shell bead disks to add another intriguing dimension. They are soft pinks and whites and beige.
The mix of beads include a marvelous mix of many shapes and sizes, picked to work beautifully with the shells and thread. Each mix is somewhat different. Every time I make it up it is a bit like fine stew -- a bit of this and a touch of that and a pinch of the other. The overall look remains the same and each mix has a unique beauty.
The shells are the best part. Some are larger and look like flowers-of-the-sea --- a rich pinkish violet in a 10mm size. Some are smaller, 4.5mm, called Cebu Beauty shells, in an orchid coloration that matches beautifully.
We threaded these on Kreinik's Tapestry Braid #12 metallic thread. The original was in the color they call Rose Hip but unfortunately that is no longer being made. Your kit will have another color thread though honestly, it is hard to see the thread color through all the beads and shells!
The clasp will be one of our goldtone toggle clasps, though not necessarily the one you see in these photos. The ones we used in this original are in very short supply (and we cannot seem to get more) but we will choose a gold-toned one, especially to fit with the rest of the bracelet.
The last photo on this page is courtesy of Robin, who had asked me to put together a bracelet kit for her with a silver clasp. I made some changes in the bead mix so it would look "right-er" with silver -- added silvers and cooler hues and took out some of the golden look. She was wonderful enough to take a photo to show me.
And so we are offering a silver-tone kit as a new option! Each set will be a bit different but will have a similar overall look.
The pattern is the same as for all of the Bead Soup and Bead Stew Bracelets -- you have the option to get it or not via the drop-down menu.
Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. We offer three options. I know some of you might already have made other bracelets from us that are made along the same lines, the only real changes being the beads and the colors. If you feel you do not need another pattern, simply choose "No Pattern Needed."
If you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you, though I have to do it manually and usually send it right before I mail the kit (please be patient). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.
I am very pleased with the look of this. And want you to enjoy.
It is a very special bracelet indeed.