I had a wedding to go to and bought a new dress and was amazed to find that I had previously ordered some new bead colors to try from my supplier and they were an exact match! I was ecstatic and had to make everything I wore including 8 studs and several bangles and... this:
DETAILS - you can skip this bit if you want
Some inspiration for the piece and counts for the main petals I took from Virginia Nathanson's 'Rose of Sharon' pattern. Everything else I made impromptu.
For the pendant: I used Czech 11/0 seed beads in transparent peach AB for the main petals, transparent light amber for the pollen, dark silver lined garnet for the centre detail petals, and brown iris for the leaves and beaded ribbon. I used lots of white floral tape to cover and thicken the stamen and to cover the wires at the back some of which I wrapped and cut short and other I used to form the loop that attaches to the gold colored bail. The petals are pointed at the bottom, the leaves are pointed top and bottom and made in the basic french technique. The pollen end of the stamen is a four row crossover with a double twist.
For the necklace: I used a length of brown shiny see-through type ribbon, secured three strands of beads knotted a few inches from one end with the unbeaded thread ends and then knotted the ribbon over to hide the thread. I then rolled the ribbon diagonally to form a tube while wrapping the seed beads around it and finished the same way I started. When not being worn and secured simply by tying the unbeaded ends of the ribbon together (this makes it quite adjustable too), the twists come undone and the beading hangs loose. I should tack-sew this piece all in place, but to wear it, I hold one end and twist the other and it comes back into it's spiral form. If I sell any, I will secure the beading on the necklace and sew up the ribbon in places so it holds it's tube shape.