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.
This brooch is a variation on the half tila bezel pendants and brooch (see here and here) using superduos instead of the half tilas. The superduo bezel is so quick and easy – I first used it for the snowflake design (see here and here). The original frosted crystal snowflake was made with twin beads rather than superduos, but this bezel seems to work with either.
I made a pair of these earrings for a friend a few years ago, and she recently confessed to losing one and asked if I could make her another. I made a new pair as the earwires I had used were no longer available, and posted them off to her without thinking to take a photo. However, this is a photo of the remaining earring of the original pair, and I think I will make more of these in other colours as well as in this colourway.
These earrings were designed to go with the necklace shown here. I don’t think I have shown this on this blog as it was made sometime before I started the blog – one of my earliest designs. The flower is a combination of brick stitch, fringe and netting, and the necklace is chevron chain.
These two necklaces have been works in progress for a while, the emerald one since last summer! I was determined to get them finished this month. They both have bezelled rivolis and netted straps: the gray one has a netted bezel, the emerald one a peyote bezel with netted embellishments. If the light improves I will try to get some better pictures, including the double toggle and ring fastening on the emerald one.
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)