We are very pleased to be able to bring back these bracelets with a very simple and oh-so-lovely look.
Called River Bed Bracelets, they are made from high quality stone chips of semi-precious stones with size 8/0 beads interspersed. The result reminds me of the intriguing bed of a stream or river, with the many shapes and forms and varying colors formed as the water rushes over.
The one on this page is made with multi-colored stones but I somehow lost the data on which stone exactly this is. I believe it is either Botswana Agate or Mookalite, both of which we carried before and both of which had a very similar look.
This is an intriguingly varied mix of colors. I see cream and rose and golden brown, some violets and ambers and suggestions of a multitude of green tones as well.
These are naturally occurring stones and thus variable, one lot to the next. The current ones have more greens to them than the previous mix. Take a look at the second photo on this page and you will see that.
For this one, we chose to a thread with an almost copper hue -- your thread might be a bit different though it will look excellent with the whole.
The 8/0 beads that we used here were light caramel ceylon ones -- a creamy pearl-like bead that we felt looked great with the mix. Yours will be similar.
Please note: The photo shows a copper toggle clasp with four rings -- we can no longer get that one. We have a few really lovely copper-plated clasps but they will look decidedly different than this one. The overall color will be the same.
The bracelet kit as it comes can make a piece between 7" and 8" long. If you need more length, you can simply start and end the bracelet with a few rows of the 8/0 beads alone. There will be plenty of these included to allow for this.
Everything except the knitting needles (we used size 0/ US 2mm) is included in the kit -- about 150 each of the stone chips, and the 8/0 beads, the spool of thread and a copper-look three-ring clasp.
Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. We offer three options. I know some knitters might already have made similar bracelets or feel competent to knit this without. 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 via email, 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.
We are delighted with the look of this -- a most intriguing bracelet that draws the eye and is a delight to wear.