What I had hoped to show you was a new version of the peacock choker/lariat that we revisited in our last Time Capsule. I really thought that I was in the mood to make something ‘big’, something that would take a fair amount of work. I may have been wrong.
First, I went over all of my beads, looking for the perfect palette. I wanted to do something simple - not too many colors or changes in the pattern - so I needed colors that are in good supply. I also needed to find beads in three sizes that are similar in color for the middle rows of the St. Petersburg chain. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds, but I ended up with a pleasing combination of transparent sapphire 8/o rounds, sapphire lined sapphire triangles, and transparent aqua 11/o rounds.
For the main beadwork, I decided to go ahead and use up all of my silver-lined crystal seed beads. I’ve had several packets set aside from my regular stash, because for awhile I thought I was going to use them to make birthstone pendants with Swarovski crystals. I got tired of the idea ages ago, and now it’s time to move these metallic beads out of my stash for good.
You might also recall that I was thrilled to be rid of the last of my silver-lined topaz beads when I finished my latest multistrand necklace. But alas, I found about 12 grams of them in the secret stash right along with the crystals. So I added these to the palette for accents, and got to work.
Everything was going well. The colors and pattern looked fantastic together - ethereal and delicate. Unfortunately, when I started to connect the first two chains together, I somehow managed to get one upside down, and I didn’t even notice until it was to late to do anything about it. I blame the paleness of the beads, but I honestly don’t know how this could have happened.
The change in the stitch actually looks alright, and is totally salvageable, but I was so annoyed by the whole thing that I lost a lot of motivation. Then I realized that I was going to be about half a packet of silver-lined beads short, and I decided to put this necklace on the back-burner until I decide if I want to purchase any more metallic beads. I consulted my list of to-do projects and didn’t like the look of any of them. Instead, I’m going to make something just for fun! I’m on strike from obligatory beading - hurrah!
I’ll keep you posted on what comes of this little meltdown. In the meantime, what’s your most memorable beading mishap?
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