My second 'bib'-style necklace prototype is called 'Verdure'
She is smaller than 'Flare', and measures 13.5cm x 5cm at her widest and longest parts.
To make her, first I made a piece of felt with my embellisher, using silk hankie fibre, cotton scrim, cotton nepps, silk throwsters waste and silk thread. Once I've drawn up and decided on the necklace shape, I mask off the area with paper so I know where to work:
Next, I added couched silk boucle thread, and lots of glass beads in shades of green, yellow and gold:
and then seed, bullion knot, detached fly and colonial knot hand embroidery stitches in silk ribbon, cotton, rayon and silk threads:
Usually by this time I have decided on a name for the piece - although as you can see I changed my mind with this one!
Once the beading and embroidery is finished, I carefully cut out the felt shape and then whip-stitch around the edges:
Then I added hand-dyed variegated silk ribbon, joined to the felt piece with bronze jump rings and tiny stitches:
I decided to go with ribbon rather than chain to make sure the necklace would be adjustable to the right length for any wearer.
And finally, to give a (rough!) idea of what the necklace looks like in situ:
I've really enjoyed making these necklaces - it's been a real treat to have a larger 'canvas' to work on and I love the amount of detail and texture it allows me to add. Although I've decided to keep 'Flare' for myself, I'll be adding 'Verdure' to my Etsy shop later today.