Rising to a challenge by my friend Elizabeth, I am branching into jewelry. It is exciting to approach it with the intention of creating  tiny works of art as a power object – a talisman – to wear. So tapping into my bead hoard I made this piece, Garnet Cuff. The starting inspiration was a Merino Shibori scrap by my friend, Laverne Zabielski. 

©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, 1500 year old Roman garnet beads, vintage Italian, horn, mother of pearl, glass & metal filigre beads and fabric
©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, vintage button, vintage Italian, magenta horn, coral & hand made beads by Bonnie Blincoe
©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, front finished
©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, stitches inside on the Belgian linen
©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, laying out the design
©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, choosing beads and yarns
©Kathleen O’Brien, Garnet Cuff, stitching the fabrics together as a start

"Talisman for Ageing" ID of beads, by Kathleen O'Brien

“Talisman for Ageing” ID of beads, by Kathleen O’Brien

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