Yes, there's still pearls left! As I'm using crochet cotton these took nearly as long to thread as they did to crochet with a 0.7mm hook.
3 simply rows joined at the ends with slip stitch. Then, each end tucked into a super-snappy magnetic catch (which are a single lady's dream - no need to see what you're doing or have another pair of hands)!
And this is what I'm 'going to do with them all' for those who've asked (Heathens, the lot of you!). Clearly, there's some yet to be dressed. The layout will change too, I don't doubt, but you get the gist.
One problem is that I'm concerned about one or more, falling down and injuring someone... they are bricks, after all. I suspect they'll end up on my bedroom wall. Not above the bed though.
Choosing the right design for this stone was proving tricky. Then I found this lovely blue necklace blank (tiger tail?) and screwy clasp and the rest sorted itself out. I'll have to shoot the clasp to blog tomorrow as I like it so much :-)
The dark of the matrix is more of a deep grey but my yarn did it no justice so decided on the black. It works fine and will look great on tanned skin (so not for us here in the grey UK)!
I went free form this time. It was way more complicated to fasten neatly but much more satisfying in the end. And yes, it's the same yarn as I used for the bead on the bangle (previous post).
The colour is so beautiful but as the yarn isn't mercerised so therefore not suitable for the more delicate jewellery pieces.
And, can you tell by that photographs that the sun has finally come out here in the UK? And this little 'setting' I started last night turned out all wrong. Again, the yarn isn't fine/mercerised enough for the job required. Also, it's the wrong shade!
The process has been started again in black for the Turquoise Matrix you can see in the 'stones' section. Good corner practise though :-)
Started weeks ago, finished last night. It was an experiment in form really, just needed to see how hard it was to make a 3D ring. As ever, it's keeping it neat that's the tricky bit.
I like how it sits, very much! Rather glad I chose the tangerine to go with the turquoise too.
The sun came out today and that pop of colour feels just right. What feels a lot less right is this:
Fractured toe, not mine but I have had to carry her up the stairs all day. Strapped to the next one so it can knit nicely (although, still bent).
A little freeforming to keep me out of trouble. Can't remember if it was a 0.6 or 1mm hook But they're pretty small, either way.
However, as small as they are they represent a whole night's work and I'm not even half way yet!
Not so much craft-gone-bad as just trial and error. These were actually my first forays into colour work. As you can see, it was without the aid of a net.
I did search online for a useful pattern but as I was working with such fine yarn I didn't think the ones I found would be relevant. Smaller hooks and yarn don't necessarily equate to a perfect, if smaller result! I'll persevere with the colour work although might put the Union Jack down now.
Not my entire stash but just the ones I've either acquired or used recently. And yes, we still have a video player here. But usually I'd rather play with the yarn than watch the tv.
I've been working very hard on my ebay selling too so I'm quiet on the (photographed) crochet front today.
Hmm, that first round isn't looking too tidy from here. It so tricky to get the correct number of loops: Too many and it goes a saggy with no chance of recovery; too few and this happens...
To my surprise, it's sits quite well though. As with all the brooches, it just needs to be fastened onto quite a thick material as the stones are so heavy. I might try to cover the little 'end' next time too.
Does anyone actually enjoy blocking? I didn't realise it would be necessary with something so small but as you can see below, it's all still a little wonky without it.
I just used a hook (from a simple hook and eye) at the end of the 'chain' and affixed it into some rear stitches. Ideally, said 'chain' needs a little loop to slip through at the back of the stone to keep the whole thing hanging neatly when worn. Will do for the next one!
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