I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls crying.
(Extract from Sea Fever by John Masefield)
My City & Guilds tutor Jane is immensley talented so when she ran a one day beading workshop last year I jumped at the chance to attend. We made netted ruffle bracelets, designed by Jane. Looking through her samples, at the beginning of the class, I was vividly reminded of waves breaking on the shore. I decided to base my bracelet on this idea. It is now one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. So comfortable to wear and very tactile.
This is one of Jane's most popular designs and you can see why.
A close-up of the netting ruffles on the bracelet. They give it a lovely 'crunchy' texture.
A close-up of the netted back of the bracelet. The ruffles can also be worked on a band of peyote stitch.
I didn't have a suitable button to use as a closure. I covered a plastic shirt button with circular peyote stiitch.