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Topic: Talisman Necklace & Asymmetrical Earrings  (Read 854 times)
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« 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.  

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019 02:38:54 PM »

This is super striking and very interesting to keep looking at.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019 07:26:06 PM »

Gorgeous, Mistress Jennie! You did an amazing job. It looks magical and earthy
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019 04:56:51 AM »

Wish Id seen that swap! This is an awesome piece!
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« Reply #4 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!
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« Reply #5 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  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2019 05:59:18 AM »

Im wearing my gorgeous new necklace and earrings at school today! I love everything.  Thank you.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2019 08:01:39 AM »

Awww!  That's wonderful!  Also, love your sweater.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 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!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2019 10:57:21 AM »

Fanfreakingtastic!!! I love everything about the necklace and those earrings!!
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