Monday, February 27, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday: A Collar Grows Up!

Welcome to another Miscellaneous Monday at Saturday Sequins!

I mentioned last Saturday that I had something special planned, and here it is. The debut of my very first bead embroidered collar, and a look at how it came together.

Life of a Collar

When the beaded collar started out, it was nothing but a small cluster of beads....

Link(A lot like this!)

It took about a week to fill the whole shape I'd cut out with beads, and while I loved the result, I realized that when I rotated it, it wasn't a finished shape, but half of a larger project.


This meant starting work on another piece similar, but not identical to, the first. My lazy side was not happy with me, but my artistic side knew that I had to do it!

(Here's the second half as a WIP...)

(And here are the pieces, side by side.)

And even though it gave me a case of Beady Burnout, I was really excited to see the other side of the collar finished. I rested for a few days, and then I was ready to make more progress!


Once the backing was glued and sewn on, the two pieces attached, and the ribbons sewn into place, the necklace was finished! I thought about adding fringe to the edges, but in the end, I decided that I liked it as it was. I'm a huge fringe fanatic, but my creative side not only knows when to keep going, but when it's time to stop.

(Ta-daaaaa!!!!)

And there we have it! A collar grows up. I'm proud of it because it's my first beaded collar, the largest piece I've ever made, and the first time I've ever used ribbon (from my local creative reuse store) to finish a necklace. I love the big floppy bow!

Things I learned

I learned a lot from this piece. The first thing is that I should pay attention to my edge stitches! I had to add another row of beads because some stitches were out of bounds. The second is that drawing on black vinyl with a ball point pen creates a perfect, and impermanent, line when I'm drawing a pattern. Eventually it rubs off -- but not as quickly as white dressmaker's pencil.

And the third thing? To add a ribbon the way I did, it should be glued in while I'm gluing the backing and the base together. Otherwise I have to pull it apart -- and while I didn't damage the necklace, it made me very anxious to do that!

What's Next?

Thanks for following this necklace and I on our journey! Your support, encouragement, and wonderful comments mean a lot to me. I have another collar shape cut out, one that's totally different from this one, and I can't wait to get started on it! And to share the progress on that one, too.

Thanks for reading, and have a sequintastic day!

28 comments:

  1. Yep, this confirms it. You are definitely my beading hero! :) GORGEOUS!

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    1. Awww, yay!!! Thank you. <3

      I can't wait for you to see the necklace in person! I just have to find a way to bundle it up -- it won't fit in the red bag.

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  2. Beautiful work Sarah! I love it. Congrats on doing such a large and beautiful job. I don't want to encourage bead burn out, but when are wonderful items like this going to hit your etsy store? Quit teasing us already! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Melissa!

      I'm not sure, actually. First I have to finish a beaded cuff I'm working on. I have a potential buyer! She saw the WIP and said she just had to have it. :)

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  3. Great job!! The collar necklace is fantastic.

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  4. yaaaay, absolutely love it!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  5. That is absolutely gorgeous, I love the bow, it just finishes it off perfectly. WOW!

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    1. Thanks, Kepi! I love the bow, too. When I saw it at the reuse store, I just knew it was the right one. To think, it only cost about 10 cents. :)

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  6. Wow! It's great to see it finished! And it's been fun to watch it grow up, too. Thanks for sharing the process along the way.

    Beautiful work! I love how you work the different colors and designs through the piece. Lovely!

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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed seeing the process! It's been a lot of fun to share.

      Thank, Karen -- I was really thrilled with the colors and the pattern. :)

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  7. Ummm I am speechless! I so want to try it on, I bet the weight of all that beading feels amazing around the neck! Gorgeous!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Annie!

      I can't wait to see what it looks like on a model. I haven't even tried it on myself!

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  8. This is inspired Sarah!! You should be really proud of this piece, I've never seen anything like it, absolutely adorable xx

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    1. Thank you, Jenny!

      I'm definitely proud of this piece. It turned out better than I'd imagined! And all the time I spent making sure the beads lay flat paid off. :)

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  9. Oh my! So beautiful and such a lot of work! I am in awe!!!

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  10. TADA is right this is Magnificent!

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  11. great work - fantastic - i love colorful :)

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    1. Thank you, Peggy! Your comment means a lot to me. <3

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  12. Amazing!!!! georgeous!!!! I haven`t word to say!!!!! I have open mouth only.... congratulations!!!!!!

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  13. It´s so fascinating to see the process! Thank you very much for sharing not only the photos, but the things you have learned, too!

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    1. Thank you, Sasha! I'm glad this was an interesting post for you -- I plan to do others like it in the future. :)

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