Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Pretty Palettes :: Pink Lace Knotted Pendant Necklace

I missed the Pretty Palettes day this month, but I've been dying to make up the necklace that's been in my head! Finally I took the time to get it done and I hope that I'll be able to squeeze it onto the InLinkz today! Here's a link to Erin's Pretty Palette February 2016 reveal post, and here is the inspiration and beads she chose:


I love the idea of lace as a theme. Last September my mom, daughter, and I all traveled to Stratford, Ontario to the Shakespeare Festival! My daughter loves theater, and this was nearly as good as a trip to The Globe in London. If you ever have the chance to see a show there, take it. The costumes, actors and town are all wonderful! We chose to do a tour of the costume warehouse before the shows and had an amazing time together. They even had a section with costumes that had been used but were out of circulation that you could try on!
My brief time as a Shakespeare player!
But, to tie this into the February Pretty Palettes post, while we were there, there was a local artists' show, and this lovely lady was making lace! Watching the bobbins fly all around was mesmerizing.
The lace-maker's husband carved all of these beautiful bobbins for his wife.
Watch those bobbins fly!

I always go to nature for inspiration in my beadwork, so when I saw the lacy golden leaf pendant, I knew it was meant to be part of this Pretty Palettes challenge.

One thing that had thrown me off my scheduled Pretty Palettes work was a request to make some knotted necklaces for an upcoming look book.
 It's easy to see why I wanted to make more. These are too much fun & look great!
I had such a great time making these necklaces with Bead Gallery beads (which you can find at Micaels) that I wanted to incorporate the knotting technique into my project for Pretty Palettes as well. The knotting reminds me of the repetitive nature of knitting that I love so much, and the waxed cord is a great fit for most of the beads I wanted to use. The knots weren't too big or too small, and its waxy nature makes it easy to thread. I found some pretty pink stone rounds (these have a bit of purple in them as well), a few accent beads, and set to it.

Here's my knotted necklace for the challenge. I call it the Seychelles Necklace, after the archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean. (I'm wishing for some tropical weather. Won't winter just stop, already?)

So happy Pretty Palettes! I can't wait to see what Erin will come up with for tomorrow's Pretty Palette challenge, March 2016 edition!

There are some AMAZING pieces in this month's challenge. Check them out by clicking the links below!


  1. So totally marvelous to see that you have a direct link to this inspiration (I couldn't get the video to work on my computer but will try again later). I think it is fascinating to know that these lacy patterns are done in such a way. A truly timeless art that is lost to mass production. But love the interpretation of the lacy leaves! I need to get back to some hand knotting. I love what you do with this and those new pendants are awesome! I hope I see some of those soon! Enjoy the day! Erin

    1. Erin, I haven't tried to load video before. I think I must not have done it correctly because it's not working for me, either. I'll let you know if I can get it to load correctly. I found it so fascinating to watch as the bobbins flew back and forth, fingers as practiced as a concert pianist! I chose my March beads already!

  2. I love the fresh, tropical appeal of your necklace; it is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you, SaraBeth! It was so nice to spend time with these pink stone beads. I'm sort of in love with them!

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