I had so much fun working on these cuff bracelets. DMC suggests that #5 pearl cotton is perfect for these, and they’re right. For this one I used a #5 pearl in the Coloris line, and I loved the colors and how easy it was to stitch.
The last post I mentioned the difficulty I had with graphing these out, and I had a little trouble with this one too. What – it’s all cross stitch! What’s so difficult about that! Well, remember that I count threads, not holes, and there are no threads on the cuff bracelets. So when I laid this one out before I stitched, I discovered that my count was off, and what I had laid out was not going to work. So I had to make changes as I stitched. And I’m terrible at math. It involved some trial and error to make sure the opening would be big enough for the cabochon. And I stitched the whole thing and then found out that my openings were not evenly spaced. Sigh. So I had to do some ripping to get the openings evenly spaced, then restitched. Aren’t you glad I went through the trial and error so you don’t have to!
The cabochons are lovely, from Fire Mountain. I can spend hours looking through the Fire Mountain site, so I have to be very careful not to get distracted. They have lots of cabochons this size and shape in tons of colors, so you can get cabochons the color you want to match a specific outfit. DMC Coloris comes in several colors so I bet you wouldn’t have any trouble coordinating the cabochons and threads, and there are always solid color #5 pearl cottons as well.
After I did the stitching I glued the cabochons to the cuff using Alene’s Tacky Glue, the clear one not the white one. The holes in the cuff bracelets are plenty big for stitching, but not so big that the glue oozed through to the other side. The cabochons just fit the opening so it was pretty easy to get them centered
I think this one may be my favorite!