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JEWELRY AND TRINKETS => Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General => Topic started by: Mistress Jennie on October 16, 2019 01:31:25 PM



Title: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 16, 2019 01:31:25 PM


This was made for Powerhouseofthecell in the recent Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap.  While I do make a lot of jewelry, this was way outside my wheelhouse.  I loved that the swap forced me outside my comfort zone.  (Thanks sheepBlue!)  I also really enjoyed getting to use crochet in jewelry.  



There was no pattern that I followed.  I used a beading needle to string most of a small box of 'bead soup' onto it before I started, then I simply began crocheting.  I believe I chained 16, then started doing single crochet in both sizes of the chain, for a total of 30 stitched per row.  I didn't join at the end of each row, just continued in a spiral around to create the pouch.  The yarn is Premier Wool Free Sock Yarn, in the color Rainforest.  The beads came from a mix called Butter Tart I bumped into at Joanns.  I did a few rounds without beads to establish the base of the pouch, then I alternated doing a row of beads and a row without.  I tried alternating my beads with 2 small in a row, then 1 bigger, then 2 small again, so that when they are all piled together, the bigger ones have a bit more room to shine, with the smaller often hiding behind/under/beside them.



I also only beaded 1 side, so that it would be soft and smooth against either skin or clothing.  At the top I stopped doing single crochet for a stretch, and filled in chain stitches, then restarted single crochet, and went around again, up and over the sc stitches, so that I had a natural loop to close over the button I planned as a closure.  I did several rounds without beads to provide a flat surface to sew the button to.  The button was a Czech glass treasure that I received in a swap many years ago.  (Possibly from rackycoo?)  I have been hoarding since, waiting for the perfect project to use it on, and this was clearly it.



Once I had completed the pouch, instead of finishing off, I started chaining stitches, to create the necklace portion.  I think I did 2 chains, then a bead, then two more chains.  Once that was done, I cut the yarn, and started a new piece of necklace chain, without beads.  I made that piece the same length, before attaching it beside the first strand, then slip stitching over to the other side, and creating more chain, so that I would have 3 individual strands, that could be braided together.  I braided them loosely, then attached them on the other end, and added a few beads to each end, which you can see below.



After all that, I added a bit of fringe to the bottom, and filled the pouch with a few bits and bobs to protect Powerhouseofthecell on her journeys; a piece of seaglass (also a swap extra, from calluna!), an antique key, and a stamped lucky penny.  As I was packing up my swap package, I included the remaining beads, so Powerhouse could use them if she wanted to make a matching item.  I was literally writing that in her card, when I stopped, and dashed back over to my jewelry making area, to create a set of asymmetrical earrings for her to match the necklace.  



It was SO HARD to force myself to make a pair that were not identical!  Seriously, what should have been a 5 minute pair of earrings took more like 20, to get my right brain to get on board with my left brain.  



Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: TheMistressT on October 16, 2019 02:38:54 PM
This is super striking and very interesting to keep looking at.


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: The Raging Sloth on October 16, 2019 07:26:06 PM
Gorgeous, Mistress Jennie! You did an amazing job. It looks magical and earthy


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: endymion on October 17, 2019 04:56:51 AM
Wish Id seen that swap! This is an awesome piece!


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: bethntim on October 17, 2019 05:16:03 AM
AMAZING!! I keep looking at it over and over again seeing different things I like about it!
Fabulous job!


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: sheepBlue on October 17, 2019 05:24:42 AM
The mix of beads and fiber is so you, and yet so fresh!! I hope we see more like this  ;D


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: Powerhouseofthecell on October 17, 2019 05:59:18 AM
Im wearing my gorgeous new necklace and earrings at school today! I love everything.  Thank you.


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 17, 2019 08:01:39 AM
Awww!  That's wonderful!  Also, love your sweater.  :)


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: Abbeeroad on October 17, 2019 09:03:21 AM
This is so awesome! And I never would have thought you crocheted with the beads already on the yarn! I thought you sewed them all on afterwards. Mind. Blown.

I am also laughing at you struggling to do an asymmetrical pair of earrings. I can so see that, haha.

And it looks great on you, powerhouse!!! :D


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: lindyv321 on October 18, 2019 10:57:21 AM
Fanfreakingtastic!!! I love everything about the necklace and those earrings!!


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: curiousfae on October 19, 2019 09:33:29 AM
wow! that looks stunning on you. such a fun statement piece.


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on October 19, 2019 11:54:15 AM
Everything turned out so well, gorgeous texture and colour combos. Love it!


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: rackycoo on October 25, 2019 08:33:13 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! (https://www.craftster.org/blog/october-25-2019-featured-projects/) :)


Title: Re: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings
Post by: Mistress Jennie on October 26, 2019 04:45:25 AM
Thanks racky!