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Japanese Fragrance Garden Bracelet

  • B191117
  • Instructor: Warren Feld
  • Class Type: General
  • Date: Sat. June 8
  • Time: 9:00am-noon (3 hours)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Class Fee : $139.00
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Description:
Meander leisurely over the bridge, around the pond, and through the fragrant flower and tea gardens! Experience the romance with this colorful fringed and arched bracelet. Japanese gardens express the fragility of existence as well as time’s unstoppable advance. In this garden landscape we can see the red moon bridge over a glistening pond of water surrounded by flowering shrubs, trees, and plants. The instructor had been experimenting with various strategies for bead weaving an “arch” shape (parabolic arch) which could keep its physical shape while the bracelet is worn -- not an easy task -- it required hours and hours of trial and error. The final choices here were influenced by the architecture of Antonio Gaudi, building a column in segments, and then forcing it into a tight arch configuration. This project is also a good example of how you can use a natural setting for inspiration. This setting influences color choice, color positioning, as well as shape and its placement.
Students will Learn:
Discuss inspirations, material and technique choices, and design issues associated with this bracelet; work out measurement modifications for each student; review the steps used in the square stitch and fringing; review the steps for creating your arches (bridges), and discuss the architectural underpinnings of the technique; review the steps for creating book-binding stitched edging treatment; review the steps for creating the button clasp assembly. Students will make a 9-row sample to rehearse each of the steps: square stitch foundation, fringing following a variable pattern, ladder-stitching an arch, edge embellishment using book-binding stitch. The 9-row sampler includes the square stitch foundation base, 7 rows of fringe following the variable fringing pattern, and 1 bridge (parabolic arch). Students will be able to begin their bracelets, completing about one-quarter of the piece. The project takes about 25 hours to complete.
Prerequisites:
Some familiarity with bead weaving is preferred.
Project completion:
Project will not be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 16 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
#11, #12 beading needles; cutters; microcrystalline wax; ruler; scissors; sticky notes; synthetic wax; tape measure; work surface; zappers; bead reamer.
Pliers:
Chainnose without grooves, flush side-cutting.
Materials in Kit:
Miyuki 8/0, 11/0, 15/0 seed beads; SuperDuo beads; O-beads; Toho 8/0 seed beads; 9/16 (size 6) button.
Limit:
One seat per person per class.
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