Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello everyone, it's nice to catch up with you again. The high(low)light of this week was my cat, Wilfred bumping into a tray of seed beads, and they rolled everywhere. I had beads all over the floor and decided that come what may, I was going to pick up every last one. Oh, if I didn't love him so much, he would have been dead meat! The air around me was blue as I swore and muttered under my breath. Fortunately it was just the one colour and size - I didn't have to sit and sort them out into separate piles. Poor Wilf realised that he'd done wrong and went and hid inside a cardboard box that had arrived with jewellery boxes in it and had to be tempted out with morsels of food by hubby.
The rest of the week was occupied by putting those very same beads to use and I made a sunflower out of them. This is the first time I've made an entire flower using herringbone stitch and it was a bit of a daunting task. However, at the end of seven days, I've made a credible flower - whether it looks like a sunflower or not!
For some reason, the beads in this tube were two distinct shades of yellow. Perhaps I bought a mixed lot, I can't remember how that came about. I separated them as I sewed and tried to make the petals with the paler shade at the tip and the brighter colour at the back. I hoped the second colour would be all but invisible, but I'm sure if you look carefully at the flower, the two colours will become immediately apparent.
The next task is to teach myself how to make Russian leaves so I can give this flower here some company on the necklace I intend to make. It looks quite a difficult task, so if I fail, the 'sunflower' is on its own with no apologies from me - at least I tried.
I'm off to watch that video now, so wish me luck. That's me for now, have a wonderful week and keep warm, whatever you do. It sounds like it is going to be really cold in the UK.
Catch you next week, hopefully with a finished piece of jewellery with the flower, plus/minus a leaf or two!
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