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Sailor's Song Embroidered Cuff

Jan 28, 2010
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This cuff elevates the bottle cap into a treasure worthy of a merchant ship. The focal point was made from a bottle cap from Full Sail Ale Brewery, located in Hood River Oregon. This one of a kind, embroidered cuff is encrusted with Swarovski crystal bicones and sequins, keshi pearls, turquoise and glass seed beads. Peyote and herringbone beadweaving techniques were also employed to provide dimension and interest. Although the design is eclectic and freeform, the resulting scene is reminiscent of sailors returning to harbor on a ship laden with treasure.

Embroidered on Ultrasuede and attached to a brass bracelet blank. Inside of bracelet is also covered in Ultrasuede.

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on Jan 28, 2010 5:16 AM

This cuff was created especially for the Etsy BeadWeavers challenge theme "The Ocean". Please visit the EBW blog between February 9th and 15th to see all entries.

on Jan 29, 2010 1:14 PM

Hi!,  my name is Yuri,  I love to bead,  I think  the colors of this proyect are  relaxing,  beatifull,  and your work is pretty


on Jan 29, 2010 2:46 PM

Beautifully done, Cris,good luck in the challenge!!

on Feb 21, 2010 9:01 PM

This is gorgeous!!  Love everything.

madamezorba wrote
on Mar 9, 2010 6:52 PM

Your bracelet is so interesting! Love the intricate embroidery, but I'm a vegan; is there another way to embroider with a sturdy medium besides suede?

on Mar 10, 2010 6:48 AM


Thank you for your kind comments.   The base of this is done in ultrasuede, which is a synthetic faux suede.  It has the look and feel of real suede, but is softer and washable.   You can also embroider on lacey's stiff stuff or a stiff pelon, but you'd still want the line the inside of the bracelet with a softer, non-fraying material.  If you didn't want to use the faux suede, you could use felt.

Thanks Yuri, Iryna, and JewelryBug for you kind comments!

spyHI wrote
on Apr 30, 2010 1:34 PM

actually a great way to put my chunky casio watch safely around my wrist!  spyHI

on Jul 14, 2010 1:57 PM

Hi SpyHi,

Great idea!  I'd love to see it if you decide to do it.  I love beadwork around different materials and a watch would be fabulous.  You could leave a hole in the back of the ultrasuede to have access to the battery.  This was was done over a brass cuff , but you could easily make a hole in that as well.


Diana_K wrote
on Dec 23, 2010 9:15 PM

LOL< lovely!  I've been to Full Sail :)