Following retirement, North resident finds passion in making bracelets
Soles’s daughter Rochelle Bartlett and her best friend, Carmen Hart, whom Soles considers his adopted daughter, soon realized that mowing the grass and keeping house didn’t give him enough to do during the day. So Hart, who lives in Indiana, sent Soles a kit for making bracelets out of beads. Something about the craft caught Soles’s imagination, and he’s been making bracelets ever since.
On a work surface fashioned out of a card table and a puzzle table combined, Soles has boxes of beads, spacers, rondelles and other baubles that he threads together in various combinations on clear stretchy elastic string. Once the beads are threaded, he simply ties off the ends. While he favors turquoise and pale pink, he makes the bracelets in a wide variety of colors and shades—blue, black, brown, yellow, red, green, and many colors in between.