The Haberdashery Blog Hop - reveal

Haberdashery blog hop - reveal Esfera Jewelry

Melissa Trudinger from Bead Recipes had this brilliant idea: the Haberdashery blog hop. Like most beaders (I suspect) I’m not only hoarding beads. No, I have to admit; I’m a hoarder of ribbons, buttons, fabric, pieces of leather and so on as well. How I manage to store my hoard in our truck it never ceases to amaze my lovely hubby.
But somehow I didn’t got around using my stash, so I was thrilled when Melissa organized this blog hop. Now I had to.


But as always, life got a bit in the way, so I was only able to make something at the last minute (Thursday night) and could not reveal it until today.
My dad’s condition is getting worse and he had to be in hospital for two weeks with pneumonia. Coincidentally his brother (who has similar problems) was in the hospital as well during the last week. It was like a family reunion. I saw my uncle, aunt, nieces and nephews again. To be honest, we all had fun seeing each other again, bringing up memories. The happiness was complete when my dad and my uncle could leave the hospital at the same time. We agreed we would not see each other again for a very long time, as that would mean the worse thing. Sadly, after only two days at home, my uncle passed away. The funeral was yesterday.


But back to the beads for a little distraction in these difficult times.

My first piece is made with sari silk ribbon in two shades of turquoise. I cut out a flower shape from dark blue felted wool and bright yellow leather.

Bangle with sari silk, leather and felt, artisan jewelry, made by Esfera Jewelry

I was thinking this bangle could use another smaller yellow flower next to the other flower. What do you think?

Artisan, handmade bangle bracelet with sari silk, leather and felt. By Esfera jewelry

My second piece is my first ever-wrapped bracelet made with brown/yellow ribbon. I used old Nepali bodhi seed beads (prayer beads), old padre beads as well as sand cast trade beads, all from that wonderful bead store Happy Mango Beads. With an old brass handmade African S-hook clasp.

Wrap bracelet, ethnic, gypsy, bohemian, with old prayer and padre beads. By Esfera jewelry

What do you think? Should I continue making wrapped bracelets?

Ethnic, bohemian wrapped bracelet by Esfera Jewelry

My third piece is a work in progress. I knotted this friendship bracelet last year and it has been sitting in my WIP-bag since. I decided to bead embroider it and turn it into a very bohemian bracelet with charms etc. Will show it when I finished it.

Esfera Jewelry, work in progress

Melissa, thank you so much for this opportunity to dive into my stash and come up with all kind of different ideas to use it. Now, if I only could find the time. Also, thank you for hosting this blog!

I would love to read your comments, so don’t be shy and don’t let that silly captcha put you off to leave one. And please visit the other participants to see their beautiful creations. You can find a list here.


I'm so sorry for the loss of

I'm so sorry for the loss of your uncle and hope that your dad is on the mend.

As for your pieces, they are great. I especially like the wrap bracelet and think that you should definitely keep on making them!

What lovely pieces you have

What lovely pieces you have created. The blue bracelet is so pretty, just right in terms of design too, it would look lovely with a pair of jeans and white blouse. Love the second bracelet too, and yes you should make more. Sorry to hear about the recent loss in your family.

Lovely colors combination,

Lovely colors combination, spacially the bracelet =)


They're all terrific, but the multistrand is my favorite!

Haby hop

Sorry for your loss. I know your creativity and art will help ease your heartache--it's one of the best things we humans do. I really like your bracelets, especially the wrapped corded om.

Haby Hop Reveal

Oh, I am just so sorry to hear about your Uncle. I'm so glad that you were all able to spend time together before his passing. That time is what you're family will remember.

Your pieces for the Haby Hop are so amazing! The posey bangle is perfect for Summer! The wrapped bracelet!..this is your first?!..yes!, make more!..I love it! It's beautiful! I can't wait to see the how the embroidered piece turns out!

Wonderful pieces!

Janine, I think you should definitely keep on making wrap bracelets, that's a fabulous one! The sari silk bangle is also very pretty, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the bead embroidery! Thanks for joining in with my blog hop!

Wonderful pieces

The turquoise on that sari silk-wrapped bangle is stunning! And I love that wrapped bracelet, you should definitely continue making those :) I am sorry for your loss, I wish you all the best :)

I'm really sorry about your

I'm really sorry about your uncle! Fond Memories help us get through the pain. I also hope your dad continues to recover!

Your bracelets are lovely. The blue wrapped is really pretty. I'd add another flower & a few little bead dangles but it is also fine just like it is. I love the wrapped bracelet. I've never tried one but it seems to be popular right now. So you've inspired me to give it a go! Thanks :)


I love looking at bracelets :) The turquoise bracelet is gorgeous, I don't think it needs any thing else. Your wrap bracelets are lovely and earthy, definitely make some more! I look forward to seeing what you do with the last piece.

Wonderful bracelets

Even though you were not able to spend much time on them, you still managed to make two beautiful bracelets and a fabulous start on a third. The wrap bracelet is definitely my favorite. I kind of like the bangle with just one flower, It's simple and elegant. I look forward to seeing what you do with the final piece.

Love your bracelets, I love

Love your bracelets, I love flowers so I would probably add a couple more yellow leather ones. Your wrapped bracelets are neat, so continue to make them too.


Your bracelets are lovely. I definitely think you should continue making wrap bracelets because this one is really gorgeous. I'm sorry about the loss of your uncle. I hope your father's health continues to improve.

Beautiful bracelets!

The turquoise bracelet is beautiful. You may or may not add another yellow flower - to me, it's the turquoise that makes it shine :) I have never tried making wrapped bracelets but I like the idea, because you can accommodate a lot more beads and threads and whatever comes to your mind in one piece - I love the colors and beads. You should definitely make more :)

I'm sorry to hear about your

I'm sorry to hear about your sad moments and glad there were some happy too. As usual you created amazing, inspiring designs, YES, do continue making wrapped bracelets, I'm sure there will be some marvels to come

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