I bought these wonderful red daggers from Fusion Beads, and there weren't very many left. I got most of what they had in at the time. I do get lucky sometimes! I bought the Swarovski Pearls in Bordeaux from Artbeads. I had intended to use my reds and whites to make something for a Valentine's Day contest. I have never entered a contest. However, at the time my muse was on hiatus and I couldn't come up with a single thing. Too bad I didn't come up with this collar at the time because I would have been proud to put it on display.
The collar is just about 22" long by 4 1/2" wide. It is quite substantial and a little weighty. That's good, though, because it doesn't slide around too much. I used A TON of 11/0 seed beads, size 8/0 seed beads, bugle beads, 4mm cubes, 5mm Swarovski Pearls and the red daggers on the ends. I couldn't believe how many seed beads this thing ate up!!! I used about 3 tubes!
Ok, everyone. Here it is! I call it...
Wrapped in Red
What do you think? Was I successful in defeating the netting stitch, or did I make technical errors? I can't wait to do the bracelet to match. As soon as the beads come in to my local stomping grounds and I pick them up I will get going on it. Obviously a bracelet won't take nearly as many hours as I have invested into this collar, so I should hopefully have it up soon. I also see so many possibilities with this stitch. Color combinations, patterns, etc. I think I will do more of this!
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Don't have too much green beer!