I love the colours in this chenille stitch rope, but I am not really happy with the pendant. At first I thought it was a brilliant idea to use netting to embellish the bezel as it echoed the pattern of the chenille stitch. But I have realised that the netting stitches are too crowded so the beads don’t sit correctly all the way round. Fortunately I designed the clasp and bail in such a way that I can remove the pendant easily as I wanted to be able to wear the rope on its own as well. If I can get another soft touch cabochon in this colour I will have another attempt at the pendant, but until then I will keep this one rather than undoing it so I can compare them.
I have made quite a few bangles and bracelets with tubular chenille stitch, and used it as a rope for necklaces, but have only just come across the idea of flat chenille stitch. The instructions I used were by Jean Cox on the Interweave website – thank-you Jean! This was just an experiment, but I was pleased with the result, so finished it off as a bracelet by adding a bezelled 8mm chaton as a button for a clasp. (The button does not look quite right in the pictures because of the angle of the camera but it is in fact central on the bracelet.) A simple loop of beads at the other end goes round the button. I also added some edging beads as I don’t like to see the thread along the edges.
Once again it is time for entries for Open Studios to be completed – deadline is Sunday 31st Jan! Here is the image I will be using for my entry – I have tried to show a range of different colours and designs. The gray chunky bangle and the olive/cream one are new colourways. (photo by Bob Marshall)