'Aegis' is another new necklace prototype I have been working on - I wanted something a little smaller than the 'bib' idea, but still large enough to give me a good area to play with :). I have been trying to think of iconic shapes, but steering clear of anything too figurative like hearts or stars. Eventually I was reminded of a 'shield' shape (inspired by beautiful earrings I bought from ILDVED on Etsy) - ok so still quite figurative but more unusual, and the symbolism of protection and strength really appeals to me.
So, I tried a few shapes and sizes out in card, came up with a prototype stencil, and here is the finished result:
I made the felt from silk hankie fibre, merino roving, abaca tissue, silk throwsters waste and cotton nepps. Then I added couched thread, glass beads, and seed and colonial knot hand embroidery stitches.