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....
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.
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.
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 learnedI 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!
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!