I don't make resolutions at the New Year but I do try to set some realistic goals for myself. This year it was to finish projects that have been sitting around in various states of completion. Of course, I had to weed out the ones that made me say "What was I thinking?" and keep the ones I still really liked and wanted to finish! After that exercise was done I decided to do one a month to keep to my realistic timeline and not try to finish everything in two weeks as I'm inclined to do once I decide to do something! In January I finished a little paper art project that was from a technique class I took over a year ago with Wendy Vecchi. This month it was to finish a lariat I had started about two years ago. This is the finished necklace.
While I like to design as I go, this was a compilation of patterns from other bead artists. It started out as a way to use a beaded ring that was a Cynthia Rutledge design. I decided to use it as the ring end of a lariat. Of course, then I needed a lariat! I was just going to bead a spiral rope using some beads from the ring but then I saw this lariat pattern in Kelly Wiese's book, Beaded Allure. I liked the seed beaded stitch pattern and the fringe that used silver as well as beads. So, using the colors that I had used in the ring, an unusual color combination for me, I stitched the lariat and then the fringe.
While the green is a color I use a lot, the blue pearls and golden accent beads are not go to colors for me. But, I guess I was in a mood to change things up the day I stitched the ring!! It was fun to stitch and I found blue seed beads with a green iris finish to stitch the lariat. Of course, the fringe was my favorite part of the necklace. Here's a picture of it.
I love stitching fringe and I use lots of different beads to create pattern and interest in it. The original fringe from the pattern used silver beads, bead caps and spacers and I kept that part of the design. From there I added crystals bicones and shaped beads, fire polished beads, seed beads, Hill Tribe bead caps and a few vintage beads. Its a nice long fringe which adds to the drape of the necklace.
I feel so pleased to have been able to finish a lariat that I really like and to have been able to put those beads away after a long time sitting on my work table!! On to project 3!!!
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