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Barrel of Monkey's Pin Button Cuff Bracelet

Jul 7, 2010
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A bead embroidery cuff using Barrel of Monkey's signature pin back button. 

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Andy27 wrote
on Jul 7, 2010 5:08 PM


This is so much fun to look at, a real joy.  I have looked at many cuff's and like the idea of the free form pattern.  How many hours did it take you to make it?  Think the idea of the one developing slowly..... in my mind has just had a push along, I love blues but rarely work with them.  There is plenty in my stash, up until now I haven't been inspired to use them but I am now.

Thankyou for posting your work, a pleasure to view.


on Jul 7, 2010 6:10 PM


I sent this to you in an email, but it didn't seem to go through......

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my cuff.  Freeform is difficult for me and probably takes me longer to do, but I love seeing the end results.  It probably took me a couple of weeks of on again off again beading (I can get pretty obsessive about it).  I usually have to tear out a bit along the way because I'll try something, then something else, then go back and change what I started with.  With this particular cuff, I used fabric on a fusible peltex stabilizer and that provided some lines for inspiration.  I don't usually use blue either, but Jill's button was all the inspiration needed to dig them out of my stash.

Dig out all your beads and just start going, you really can't go wrong.


carmenvalean wrote
on Jul 7, 2010 7:57 PM

Are you selling this piece ? I'm new to jewelry making, and I'm just wondering if pieces like this can be sold for real value, since you worked so much on it,'s gorgeous

Andy27 wrote
on Jul 8, 2010 3:20 PM

Hi, Christine,

I did get your email Thankyou and did reply, I will try to send again.  One of my questions was what is a fusible peltex stabilizer?  Is it obtainable? and from where?  I have no local beadshop so I buy most supplies online.


on Jul 14, 2010 1:33 PM

Hi Carmen,
I am selling this piece, you can find it here:

In terms of recovering your time investment, that often is a personal dilemma.  I make and sell pieces I love to wear so for me the labor is always worth it.  The key is finding the right market as many who sell their embroidery pieces do quite well.  I'd encourage you to make something you really like, if it doesn't sell, you have a beautiful piece to show off (and I have a few friends who'll take it off my hands as well, lol).


on Jul 14, 2010 1:48 PM


I hope you received my email, I did send it on Monday.  Just in case though, peltex is a thick stabilizer you can find at most fabric stores.  I choose the fusible version since I was adhearing fabric to it (You can see the beginning of the project on my blog here:  and here:

I first came across peltex in my quilting days, it was used to make fabric bowls and fabric vessels because it kept it's shape.  There are lots of different materials you can use.  I used ultra suede for my first cuff.  It comes in a variety of colors to match your beadwork, but it will pull in with your beading, so you need to make sure to cut it a bit larger.  You can also used stiffened felt which you can find at craft stores or any non-woven stablizer that has enough thickness to it.  Here are links to a couple of on-line resources (although you'll want to shop around for pricing): (they only sell bolts online of the fusible)

Lacy's Stiff stuff is the most referenced by beaders but it's harder for me to get locally at a good price, so I'm experimenting with other materials like peltex, felt and pellon.