Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Work in Progress: Double Chevron Collar

Any bead weaver will tell you that although our craft is incredibly rewarding, it does require a fair amount of patience. This is especially true if you’ve always got a dozen ideas waiting for their chance to be created. Although committing to a more lengthy design takes some resolve, the results are usually worth it.

This week I’m working with one of my favorite collar techniques, but one that I rarely use because it takes a long time to stitch. When I sat down to make a collar for the Egyptian god Min, I had already settled on a palette, and was planning to make a new netted collar. Unfortunately, the palette that I had my heart set on just didn’t look right, now matter how I patterned it. The basic ideas I wanted to convey with Min’s necklace were fertility (plants) and roads. I needed a technique where I could have smooth bands of both brown and green.

Double Chevron Collar in Progress

I finally decided on a double Chevron chain, and although the collar turned out just right, I was disappointed that it didn’t have any room for those delicious green white-hearts. This piece is just waiting for the clasp to be secured, and then it’s on to a ring or two and something for Neith.

Last week’s ankh pendant turned out splendidly. I admit I was a little worried that the black and white 8/o core wouldn’t work with the other stripes, but I love how it all looks in the finished piece.

Ma'at Feather Pendant

What are you working on this week?

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  1. I absolutely love that you are beading your way through even some of the more obscure gods of the Egyptian pantheon! It's been great motivation to learn more about them for me, and has produced some beautiful pieces for you!

  2. Thank you! This is definitely my favorite challenge so far.

  3. I love both of these. Min's isn't colors I'd ever choose but I will now. They look great! And I always love bright colors (I'm actually only 5 years old -- haha). I also love the designs. Great job!


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