Friday, May 18, 2012

Time Capsule: May 2009

Yesterday we had a look at ways to connect and combine St. Petersburg chains for fun beadwork variations. Coincidentally, three years ago I was using this same technique to make a very unusual necklace. Although the entire necklace is stitched in four sections, it looks as though a single large piece of beadwork is split in two, and then into four separate chains.

Peacock Fringe St. Petersburg Lariat

It took a while to plan, and plenty of time to stitch and triple check measurements along the way, but the construction is actually quite simple. I can’t explain why I’ve never made an improved version of this necklace, but I think its time may be coming. I’ve been in the mood to make something big, and this design fits right into my current style.

The only thing I need to do is decide on a palette and pattern. Should I go with Egyptian stripes and gemstone colors, or something more earthy, perhaps with a dash of African Christmas beads?

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  1. Really great design, simple but very effective! (the best for me ;-) Love it!

  2. Lovely lariat!! i have a hard time w/this stitch for some reason..
    I would love to see Egyptian colors!! A deep blue,green,gold & black. Yummy! Keep us posted :)

  3. I have been following your blog since 2009. This is one of my favorite pieces of yours, I have been hoping to see another one like it. Since this sort of work can be so time consuming, I hope that you have fun with it. African Christmas beads have such a variety or colors that could keep the work fun and interesting, and you might keep the work down to earth with a base color so the colored beads can 'pop.' Whatever you choose to do, I hope that you have fun making it. Thank you for continuing to share your lovely work with us.

  4. Thanks everyone! I'm working on some pattern ideas now - it should be fun!


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