- Flat and Tubular Peyote
- Stitch in the Ditch
- Edge Stitching
Dimensions: 6.75″ long, 1.25″ wide (supplies included for wrist up to 9”)
Skill level: Intermediate
The Versailles Cuff was inspired by the idealistic and elaborate movie “Marie Antoinette,” produced by Sofia Coppola and starring Kirsten Dunst. The production and ornate stage sets that Sofia Coppola created for her film have the stamp of the Baroque style. The word “baroque” is derived from the Portuguese, meaning an imperfect pearl. In a nutshell, Baroque design is marked by curved and complex forms, bold ornamentation, details and irregular shapes. I am also a huge fan of the romantic and refined interior of the Palace of Versailles just outside of Paris, France. Marie Antoinette lived there for part of her life and the style of that palace is exquisite.
The cuff is constructed of decorative panels woven in peyote stitch with decreases on the edge for a scalloped ridge. A faceted square stone is bezeled and attached to each panel, leaving open space for visual interest. Tiny pearls are stitched between each stone and a scrollwork pattern runs along the length of the bracelet. The clasp is a decorative panel with a button and loop closure. For added security the bracelet is constructed with a pin and hinge that hold it securely together. The pin is attached to the bracelet by a fine chain.