Name That Beadwork and Win a Kit of Shibori Ribbon and Beads

Shibori ribbon is one of my favorite new “trends” in bead-weaving and bead embroidery, ever since I saw the first gorgeous pieces designed by Sherry Serafini. Shibori is a great addition to bead embroidery, but in this month’s challenge, Beadwork magazine editor Melinda Barta wanted to find other ways to use this elegant, colorful ribbon!

“I’ve seen many spectacular bead-embroidered bracelets made with shibori ribbon, but I wanted to see how this material would stand on its own as a bracelet strap. Using ribbon alone would make the piece too airy, so to help add weight, I created a slider-style focal. By using a base of flat and cubic right-angle weave, I was able to form openings in the focal (and the matching end bars) for threading the ribbon. I love the colors Lisa Kan chose for this kit!”

The kit: Source: Lisa Kan The bracelet, designed and stitched by Melinda Barta

Now we need a name for Melinda’s beautiful experiment! Leave a comment on this blog with your best name for her shibori ribbon bracelet before Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12 midnight EST and the editors at Beadwork magazine will choose the name they like the best. The winner will receive their very own kit of materials from Lisa Kan just like the one Melinda used to make this bracelet. (Please note: Due to customs regulations, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.)

Have fun and good luck!


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