Friday, January 14, 2011

Finished By Friday Almond Blossom Necklace

This week I made it to the finish line again.  But actually there was not all that much to do to finish up the necklace pictured above.  Almond Blossoms, as I call this necklace, was originally inspired by the Art Bead Scene March 2010 Challenge painting of the same name by Van Gogh . I just didn't get it finished quite in time.  I was intrigued by the combination of the blue sky, green leaves and cream colored almond blossoms

and felt challenged to try out some color combinations I don't usually use.  I made the necklace mostly with peyote stitch but seems I switched over to a loose kind of herringbone stitch on the straps.  All of the ceramic beads and sew on flowers were made by me.  Some of them especially for this project.  I like the idea of sew on beads and charms for peyote stitch and bead embroidery. 

 I have just now put a few on Etsy just in case your interest has been perked.
Below is a pic of the necklace before I finished it up this week.. Hard to tell the difference except that it wasn't quite wearable yet.  No clasp.

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  1. Wow, Mary, what a beautiful interpretation. I can clearly spot the wonderful painting in ypur piece!

  2. Mary I can see what you do on those cold burry winter nights! That is one beautiful work of beauty! Wow...

  3. So very glad that you have stick-to-it-iveness, Mary! Because we would have missed out on something pretty and refreshing! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day!

  4. Absolutely wonderful!!!

  5. Thank you all for your encouraging comments about my long unfinished necklace. This is a great motivator for me and I appreciate your support.

  6. Anonymous16/1/11 08:50

    How lovely. This must have taken a long time to create! thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

  7. So glad to see it is never too late. I have about 6 things inspired by ABS challenges last year that are unfinished. I loved the Almond Blossom colors too and your necklace is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it even though it is too late for the challenge it is never too late as inspiration to all of us!

  8. I have never joined an ABS challenge yet, because when I know what I want to do and have all the beads together, it's the next month and a new challenge has almost begun...
    Thank you for the inspiration - you are right, it is never too late!
    Your interpretation of the painting is stunning! I love it!

  9. More thanks for more wonderful comments.
    I am happy to have inspired you all to pull out unfinished ABS Challenges. I think the contest part is great, but the best part is getting motivated and feeling excited about making a piece. It it true that it isn't too late!!!


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