I am delighted with this one -- the creation of a Bouquet of Flowers for around the neck -- a lei of stupendously crystalline beauty.
This is a variation on Sivia's Moonrise Necklace. Here I took specific beads to match some fire polish beauties I had absolutely fallen in love with. I matched with smaller beads and put together other larger ones, (including some great daggers) and I am simply so pleased with the result!
I put it around my neck -- it makes a perfect choker length. It looks like I could go to a wedding wearing this (well, I'd need a dress too)! :-)
We had gotten some larger spools of Tapestry #12 braid (the thread we like best for the Bead Soup and Bead Stew works) in a 20 meter length. I not only was able to make this necklace but I had enough thread to do a matching bracelet! So with this one kit, you can either (a) make this a longer necklace with the beads and thread enclosed or (b) make a set of choker and bracelet (all you'd need is a clasp for the bracelet).
Beads and crystals go in and out of stock -- as these sell out they might be replaced with something a bit different but that will work beautifully with the whole. Bear in mind that every kit will be somewhat different, and every necklace as well. Which is part of the joy of it.
The second picture is of the necklace on a neck (mine -- should perhaps be a younger neck but t'is mine own). There is also a photo of a bracelet-in-progress that was made with what we had left from the same kit.
This kit contains a full 20 meter spool of silver-y thread, at least 20 grams of smaller beads, a substantial bag (I haven't weighed them) of larger crystals and special ones for the middle of the necklace, and a clasp (which might be the same as the one photographed here but might not -- we have some lovely toggle clasps and hook-and-eye as well; most likely you will have one of those in your kit).
The pattern enclosed is based on the Moonrise Necklace as originally designed by Sivia with a bit of additional data. What I did was thread on about 20 inches worth of the smaller beads, then gradually started to add larger ones until it was all large beads for another 20 inches, then gradually into the smaller ones again, for the next 20 inches -- this is described in detail. This is all before starting to knit -- you want to get the pre-threaded beads ready to go and you start knitting with the pattern.
Which is a most wonderful one, using the magic of short-rows to create a true circle to lie beautifully on one's neck.
The pattern is an expanded variation on the original one that Sivia wrote for the Moonrise Neckpiece, so if you have it already, we offer the option of getting the kit by itself.
Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. We offer three options. If you feel you do not need another pattern, simply choose "No Pattern Needed."
If you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you, though I have to do it manually and usually send it right before I mail the kit (please be patient). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.
My husband wanted to name this piece Sparkles Plenty from old Dick Tracy Sunday comics that he remembers from his childhood -- he says there was a character called that and that this necklace certainly does. Sparkle, that is.