If you have seen the Crochet Today May/ June 2011 preview, then you have seen my latest project. And this one was a challenge.
The editor, Theresa, asked me if I could make a bridal necklace out of thread. My initial thought was, of course! But when I sat down to work, I realized that at my own wedding, I didn't wear any jewelry. (Granted we got married at sunrise in our jeans and hiking boots. But even at the party in the afternoon I only wore pearl earrings with my dress.) All the jewelry I wear is for day to day, or date wear; not really fancy.
It took a dozen tries, at least, to get it right. Actually one that I completely finished, they couldn't use since it still was too casual. Finally, after a ton of back and forth emails. I found my muse over at Anthropologie (of course). And came up with the motif and pearl necklace you see.
I actually made one for myself too. I used color for mine to show how easy it is to customize to your favorite beads and such.
The project is definitely quick. Maybe a night to crochet the motifs, another to stiffen them all, and another to put all the beads and motifs together. I couldn't be happier with the results.
Oh, and if you want to see this guy up close come to DFW Fiber Fest in a few weeks. I will be talking about how to make crochet jewelry and do talk about this necklace even more there.