I decided to work on my favorite bright red silk again, and just let myself go wild with the embroidery in a more freeform technique. The design has an overall symmetry but was done with just a basic plan and a lot of freeform embroidery. The central lapis lazuli cab and edging bring a unity to the whole, and I am pleased with the results. As with most of my bead embroidery, I opted to back this piece up with soft suede leather, and used a simple gold plated sliding tube clasp that would not compete with the ornate nature of the design. I used mostly tiny size 15 beads – for some reason the tinier the bead, the more I like it!
The base of the cuff is composed of a layer of stiff fabric interface covered with pure, fine, red silk and backed with soft, tan suede leather. I embroidered the patterns using cotton floss. I then accented the patterns with small sections of bead embroidery using tiny size 15 rocaille beads of varying colors and nymo thread, which is very sturdy and widely used by beadweavers. The focal of the cuff is a lovely denim lapis cabochon surrounded by a peyote stitch bezel. More bead embroidery surrounds the bezel.
As always, every stitch and bead was sewn on by hand, and I reinforce my beadwork with extra passes of the thread.