Winter has finally come to my neighborhood! Literally overnight the ground went from green to white, complete with drifts and ice and wind. Perfect for getting into the heart of this challenge.
During the winter months, with all the layers that you need to put on, sometimes it is hard to wear jewelry. And since this month we were inspired by the handmade Norwegian mittens – selbuvotten – I thought that it would make sense to create bracelets – stretch bracelets – the kind that you can put on and take off with ease.
When I spotted the antique silver plated diamond beads and the filigree shapes, I realized that they were similar to the rose pattern commonly found on the Norwegian knitting patterns. The rose pattern is traditional and is the flower of love. A repeat of a rose pattern in the knitting means that love has no limits, no boundaries.
I used almost all the beads that I had from the strands I purchased at Michaels. That was my goal. I started with one and then to make them coordinated, each subsequent bracelet had a part of a previous one. That is a good way to make things go together without being “matchy-matchy.”
In Norwegian, love is “esker” so I created a wristful of stretch bracelets that I call Eskervotten. These will work perfectly inside my winter coat and under my handmade mittens all season long!
My Pretty Palettes partner for December is Ashley Kate Bunting. Please hop on over and check out what she made!
Name – Miss Ashley Kate Bunting
Website/blog – www.MissAshleyKate.com
Check out what our California girl, Erin Strother did with this frosty challenge!
Living in San Diego, I don’t have much occasion to wear knitted mittens like the ones in this month’s inspiration, but I love the geometric patterns, and immediately thought of these black pointy oval shaped beads to create something reminiscent. I could swear I’ve seen a similar shape in red as well, but when I checked the “Big Wall ‘O Beads” at Michael’s, there weren’t any, which means either everyone else had the same idea before I did and already snatched up all the red ones, or I am just old and senile and my brain only works about half the time now, so I am remembering totally wrong. (Which is almost certainly the case.)
Anyway, I was able to snag some black ones, and I noticed later that I had chosen the same silver diamond shaped beads and white frosted crystal rounds as Erin, so obviously, that proves those beads are awesome. I’m pretty happy with the way these focal elements came out. (One of the few times I’ve had an idea in my head that actually translated well to the finished piece.) It’s not exactly the way I envisioned it, and connecting the silver diamond links to the semi-circle of black oval pointy thingies was quite a bit fiddlier than I anticipated, but it does work if you have some patience. And swear a lot. In hind-site, I think it might be better to connect them with small jump rings rather than attaching the loops together. Either way, the end result is sufficiently “mitten-ish” and would pair nicely with a cable knit sweater.
What great designs! I just love both the bracelets and the necklace. They would go together so nicely.