Sunday, February 17, 2008

Winter Pearls

This is my latest completed peice. I really enjoyed making this jewelry set because it was something that I have wanted to try for a while now. I like to think of the necklace and earrings as old school Native meets new shool Native beadwork. Aaaih!

Anyways, I had been brainstorming about the necklace for a while now and I finally got the chance to try it out. The necklace is completely done with the peyote stitch. I love the tubular peyote stitch, but I have noticed in order to make a quaility necklace that will uphold to years and years of wearing one must do one thing. Do the tubular stitch around a piece of rope or jewelry wire in order for the tube to keep its shape and also as a way to put a clasp on it. I chose to use run of the mill beading wire, which worked out quite well.

I started the necklace out with the pearl section. After completing the pearl section I ran my beading wire through it and continued to bead with the delicas around the wire. The pearls are a beautiful gray with hints of purple and blue-green in them. I accordingly chose delicas that went well with the pearls.
After making the necklace I decided that it really did need some earrings to go along with it, so I made the earrings below. They were made with the flat peyote stitch. Of course they needed a few pearls dangling from them to finish them off.
All in all I am really happy with the necklace and earrings. I was really tempted to keep them for myself this time, but I had already decided to give them to a friend as a birthday gift. I did test them out all last week before I gave them away. I have a feeling that I will be making one for myself in the near future, seeing as I really did enjoy wearing them.


Ang @ Purple Sage Designz Hippie Crafting said...

This looks awesome, so pretty and elaborate.
My DH used to beadwork, jewelry and clothes and once showed me the peyote stitch, argh, I broke the needle and my earring were a mess. Wish you much success this this style!

Anonymous said...

Rach, that is just beautiful.


Rachel said...

Ang, thanks for the comment. I haven't been doing the beadweaving for too long and before I started I never thought I had the patience for it, but now I love it.

Thanks sis.

Studio A La Mode said...

This is absolutley beautiful! The hues are gorgeous together. This is my first visit to your blog, and I have to say, I'm very impressed.


Rachel said...

Wow, thanks for the nice compliment Janet! I hope you visit again.

GemmaBeads said...

I love all the bead weaving by the 3 sisters!! Especially this piece with the pearls brought into the spiral! So beautiful and elegant!!!

Rachel said...

Thank you gemmabeads!