I bought some amazing tussah silk roving from the wonderful Jacinta's Etsy shop - it was so beautiful that I had to make something with it right away! The colourway was called 'Ironbark', and reminded me of forests. I have been listening to the audiobook of the wonderful 'The Silmarillion' whilst crafting recently, and so Taur-im-Duinath came to life.
Taur-im-Duinath was a great, dark forest in the south of Beleriand in 'The Silmarillion'.
First of all I made the felt with my embellisher. As well as the tussah silk, I used scrim, Cotswold locks (from another fantastic Etsy seller) , and wool roving.
To make sure I stuck to the basic shape of the pendant when it came to adding surface embellishment, I cut out a guide and tacked it onto the felt. I then added more scrim, a metal bead and many more Toho Japanese glass beads as well as some tiny vintage Italian glass beads, as well as some hand embroidery (French and colonial knot, stem, split, chain and running stitches) in cotton and rayon threads.
To finish it off I whip-stitched around the edges with cotton thread.
The finished felt.
I mounted the felt onto a vintage brass tag to give it a good weight for hanging as a pendant, and then added some lovely delicate brass chain for the necklace.
The finished piece.
I really enjoyed making this necklace. It feels like my ideas have evolved a bit since I last tried making a necklace in this way - particularly the idea to whip around the edges which tidies them up and frames the piece well.