"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Swords Into Plowshares Completed

My Mother's Day gift is complete: Marilee Rockley's "Swords Into Plowshares" necklace. Luckily, my mom only reads my blog when my dad shows it to her.

Here's a (somewhat blurry) close-up of the flower section. I like the effect of the doubled strand of variegated thread.

I intended for both beads to be purple, but the second one turned out to have too small a hole for two strands of size 20 thread to pass through, so I went with this silver one from my stash instead. Other than that, the tatting of the purple section went very smoothly and I only had to do it once!

Here's the whole thing.

The threads are Lizbeth 165 Grape Splash for the flower, 676 Leaf Green Dark for the leafy part, and 605 Silver for the sword/ plowshares. It closes with a magnetic clasp.

The colors in these photos are not exactly accurate because I couldn't wait till daylight. However, between the Ott light and some editing on the computer, they are pretty close.