The year was 1770. The
Archduchess of Austria, Maria Antonia, stepped off of the royal
barge to begin her new life in France. Her new name from this
day forward will be Marie Antoinette.
Most people today
remember Marie Antoinettes demise, but otherwise know very
little about her. For instance, she never said, If they
have no bread, then let them eat cake. That remark was
by another Queen of France, the wife of Louis XIV, not Louis
XVI. A 100-year difference in time!
Known to family
and friends as Antonia, she was renowned at court
for her marvelous taste in clothing, adornments and decorating.
She raised the bar of style to a new level, from jewel-encrusted
garments, to beautiful garden designs. In a time when the Nobility
and Gentry of Europe vied with each other for every luxury and
extravagance, the Court Jewelers and Embroiderers were
kept busy with the desires of the wealthy.
Adornment is reminiscent of the glorious gem encrusted trims
that were handmade to adorn mens waistcoats, frock coats
and ladies gowns. Using a stitch that I call Lattice Weave,
pearls, Czech glass Fire Polish beads and seed beads are encircled
in a manner to form the attractive design. This variation on
the stitch creates small circles and squares, on point, that
add a beautiful openness to the bracelet. Two beaded buttons,
loop into two seed bead and Fire Polish rings, to form the closure
of this lovely bracelet.
Skill level: This kit is for the