The story behind Michaelmas bracelet

Now I’ve spruced up the house and got into the right frame of mind for the beautiful changing of the season, it’s time to get inspired by all those stunning autumn colours. Michaelmas Bracelet is one of my early designs, but one I come back to often as it’s easy and very satisfying to bead. I am lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country and as I drive out to visit and teach, I sometimes go through a Beech tree wood. It doesn’t matter what time of year, these grand old trees always look stunning. One Autumn I was setting off for a class and tmicleafhe sunlight was glowing through the turning leaves, as I was teaching in a bead shop that day I decided to stop, collect a few leaves and treat myself to a selection of delica beads to match them.

Michaelmas is the feast of Michael and all Angels. The Archangel Michael is one of the principal angelic warriors, seen as a protector against the dark of night. Michaelmas has long been associated with the turn of the autumn equinox and the shortening winter days. The Michaelmas bracelet is cosmic in many ways!

The pattern for Michaelmas is available in the pdf shop here: 

The finished bracelet is shown here on an embroidered leaf, it’s one I made a long time ago. I used to make a lot of hand worked textiles and enjoyed discovering and buying hand dyed threads to use. It’s one of those pieces I look at now and wonder when I ever had the time to make it it must have taken me hours! The leaf is stitched entirely by hand and is made by laying fine organza over a wire frame and stitching to cover the wire. Then the fabric is filled with all sorts of stitches and threads until the leaf is done.