Braided Bracelets | Purple Poppy JewellerySarahHarvey
My journey into my braided bracelets business from the global pandemic.
At the beginning of lockdown 2020 my 9 year old music making business came to a standstill. I ran music and movement classes for under 5s, taught Ukulele, Recorder in schools and did private Piano lessons… so I was looking for something to take my mind off being unable to work but also wanted to create something that my little customers would like – I found out about Japanese Kumihimo, a braiding technique used for centuries. Trusty Amazon provided me with a starter kit and I braided friendship bracelets. As lockdown eased I was able to sell a few but then we came to another lockdown which, for someone in my industry, has gone on and on… although I now have 17 piano students, phew!
Anyway, I started looking into other things I could braid, found so many different patterns and the creative juices flowed. I really do love everything that I have braided so far but I particularly love my flower collection of braids which I started making in early spring – the collection is in bracelet form and there’s a Sunflower, Crocus, Daisies, Red Poppy and of course a Purple Poppy.
As I make most of my items to the customers spec. any braid pattern can be made into a bracelet, necklace, earrings, keyring, bookmark, anklets and even braided rings. I have lots of charms that can be added to items too.
It is so enjoyable and relaxing and as my braiding has evolved I have also added beads. It took me about 7 hours but I think it was worth it, and my latest piece of jewellery is now in my Beautifully Handmade shop – a braided and beaded necklace with a pink sparkly resin pendant (I bought the pendant). I also have another beaded necklace with a handmade (by me – another skill I am developing) wire wrapped/glass crystal bead pendant that’s nearly ready to add to my shop.
Have a look, I have lots of different styles of braided jewellery and accessories and am always ready to make something bespoke. If you are not sure what colours to choose I have a zodiac collection too.
Thank you so much for reading my journey into my little business, I also highly recommend The Twisted Kitty for other beautiful gifts on the platform.
It is always such a pleasure to see a small business develop from something such as the global pandemic, Tracy offers wonderful and affordable products that are suitable for many occasions and we wish her every success with Beautifully Handmade. You can see other offerings from Tracy and our other sellers on the Beautifully Handmade Pinterest.