Well, here it is at last – my Summer Lace Necklace – and my first entry for the Bead Along with Off the Beaded Path. Only 4 days after the deadline! It was due on 15th April, but I just didn’t finish it in time. Reminds me of my old school reports, which stated things like “Work is sometimes slow but usually gets done in the end.” I guess this is still true of me to this day!
I do have a few reasons as to why this necklace took so long though. First of all, I had to wait for the fab book Metallic Seed Bead Splendor by Nancy Zellors to arrive so I started a week late.
Then we had a major power cut on one of the nights I wanted to bead. The power was out for hours. I had to get the emergency candles out so I still did some beading but not much as it was rather difficult to see those tiny beads!
And the last reason is that this necklace is 4ft long! It’s the longest necklace I’ve ever made. At one point, I did wonder if I was ever going to finish this seed bead project. Then I read this quote:
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson.
So true. Then I relaxed and got into the flow of it!
This Summer Lace Necklace was made using a right angle weave stitch to form a daisy chain. The pendant was attached using a ladder stitch technique and I used the following materials:
- 4g of size 6 turquoise lined crystal seed beads
- 12g of size 11 frosted gold lined crystal seed beads
- 6mm turquoise glass pearl
- 4mm turquoise glass pearl
- Nymo beading thread – ivory
- Size 10 beading needle
The next Bead Along project is due on 29th April, I’ve got my materials ready so hopefully I should meet the deadline this time around!
If you fancy having a go at the Bead Along, it’s not too late to join in – there’s another 5 projects to go. It doesn’t cost anything, other than your materials and the book if you don’t already have it. It’s all about learning new stitches. So head over to Off the Beaded Path blog if you’re interested.
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