Monday, October 14, 2013

Of Collars and Cowls - A New Crocheted Necklace Design and a Couple of Neck Warmers

I came up with a new crocheted, beaded necklace design last week.  It is a collar-type necklace and features Swarovski crystal pearls.  As I've mentioned before, I like to combine wire and fiber in many of my pieces because of the interesting texture it creates, as well as the flexibility and durability it gives the finished jewelry.  In this necklace, I used a combination of 30-gauge, non-tarnish silver wire and gunmetal metallic thread.






I guess it was the week for neck accessories because, in addition to this crocheted collar necklace, I also made a couple of crocheted cowls.  The first of these neck warmers is my own design and uses a simple "v" stitch pattern with a large, scalloped edge.  I found some very cute, etched metal heart buttons at Jo-Ann's that I though went well with the pattern and the colors in the chunky wool and acrylic blend yarn.





The other cowl that I crocheted was made in Filatura di Crosa's Gioiello, a beautiful merino, kid mohair, cotton, acrylic, and nylon blend yarn.  I love the little hints of metallic silver in this yarn! For this one, I used a pattern designed by Edie Eckman titled "Easy-to-Wear Cowl", published in Crochet One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman.




One final thing before I end my "show and tell" for this week.  If you looked at last week's post in which I published my pattern for a Simple Felted Crocheted Purse, I mention the idea of doing something to embellish the bag once it is completed.  Just wanted to show you what I ended up doing with the one I photographed for the tutorial.  I cut leaves from wool felt and appliqued them onto the bag using a decorative edge stitch done in embroidery thread.  I then used cotton embroidery thread to embroider a whimsical design on each leaf, using the chain stitch.  I like the way it turned out -- especially the way the colors in the embroidery thread picked up the colors in the felted wool yarn.




So those are my creations for the last week. I hope that whatever you create this week, you immerse yourself in the process and truly enjoy it!

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