One of the local Native American powwows we love to go to is at Brigham Young University. It was held this last weekend and I found myself inspired by some of the beautiful beading on the dancers' regalia. Some of the traditional women wear woven beaded necklaces or collars. While some are relatively simple in design, I've seen others that extend the netting of beads clear out to the shoulder seams on their outfits.
Since I brought along my tatting (of course), I decided to make a necklace with a similar look to those woven beaded ones. Fortunately, I brought along some beads made from little chunks of turquoise. I used silver and black threads, the Omega rayon type that I've used before. The first round was done with rings in black and chains in silver with the turquoise beads for accents. That was too simple for what I wanted, so I added longer chains in black to frame the silver and turquoise. After some playing around with a few ideas, I ended up adding some chains in black thread at the tops of the rings to give the necklace a cleaner look and make it curve more.
I'm so excited about how it turned out! My fingers are very sore from pulling rings closed with that rayon thread. It has a tendency to get all twisty and closing the rings will rub your fingers raw. The results were definitely worth it in the end. I even made an adjustable closure for different sized necks.
Now comes the hard part - do I keep it for myself, give it as a gift, or put it in my Etsy shop? My husband has been putting his foot down lately about making sure we put things in the shop to sell. If you're wondering, "why don't you just make another one?" you obviously haven't done something like this before - not from a pattern and much more time consuming than making a bracelet or earrings.
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