This is actually the second variation on this style of necklace. My first version was in greens - just nice by subtle color variations and no embroidery. For this one I decided to try some bolder colors and some simple patterns with embroidery floss. I had to go looking for beads since I didn't have anything that really worked. I was glad to find the black, glossy beads. They offer a great texture contrast with the fiber.
I still haven't decided if I should call these shapes "petals" or "leaves" or what - maybe you can help me decide?