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Renaissance Lace Bracelet
©2014 by Cynthia Rutledge

Renaissance Lace Bracelet ©2014 by Cynthia Rutledge

The history of lace could fill volumes, but the lace that we recognize today dates from around the 16th century. Originally developed by European nuns, the art of lace making rose to very high standards of skill. The nuns taught their lace making techniques to the pupils of the convents, who then passed along the knowledge to the peasantry. A lace making cottage industry was born. Handmade lace was produced with such toil, skill and patience, that it was beyond the affordability of all but the wealthiest.

Inspired by the beautiful lace trims, seen on women's gowns of the 14th through the 17th century, Renaissance Lace Bracelet evokes a lacelike style, using a right angle weave variation that I call lattice weave. Pearl cabochon bezels are linked to each other with seed beads, creating the center of the bracelet. Two Lattice Weave strips, made with seed beads, fire polish beads and crystals are zippered along the edges of the pearl cabochon bezels and show off what Lattice Weave can do in this beautiful bracelet Two pearl cabochon beaded buttons add the finishing touches to this lacey design. The combination is striking!

Dimensions: 1-3/8 inches wide by desired length

Techniques:
Flat circular peyote stitch with increasing.
Netting
Lattice Weave

Skill level: Intermediate

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