Saturday, February 7, 2009

cleopatra's necklace...

Lisa Gentry has a pattern for a crochet necklace... called Cleopatra's Necklace. If you're a member over at Ravelry, you might be interested in the Lisa's Designs group. They run a competition each month, offering a free pattern for you to make up... and the person whose piece is voted the best, receives a prize pack. This month, it is the necklace.

Anyhow... I thought I would focus on this necklace, to take my mind off the haekelbeutel bag as it felted in my washing machine. I use a front loader, so once the cycle starts... I can't open the machine for SEVENTY FIVE OF THE LONGEST MINUTES EVER!!!!

I had already chosen my materials.


In place of yarn, I am using a combination of fishing line and metallic gold sewing thread. Then some recycled beads, and a disc from an old belt.

necklace (close up)

I love the way the thread/fishing line combination has worked out. It gives the look of wire, but is soft. It was pretty CURLY when I first made it, so I had to iron it flat (between two old towels)


And this is the end result. I don't like the row of chains which run above the first row of beads. If I was to make this again, I would eliminate them by adding a row of beads in the centre of the foundation chain... I think it would look better that way.

It was all done by the time the washing cycle was finished. I honestly think I spent more time selecting the beads than actually making it up!

As for the haekelbeutel bag... it's not dry yet... but it is LOOKING PRETTY FABULOUS!


Anonymous said...

Nice necklace!

And aren't you glad you felted the bag? I can wait to see it all dry!

Puglette said...

your necklace looks great! and fabulous news about the bag...can't wait to see it!

Lauria said...

What a great idea to fake the look of metal! I love it!

Also, my mom has a front loader and there is a way that you can stop it. If you turn it off, it will take 5 minutes, but it does drain and unlock the door.

So if there is ever an emergency (OMG, I threw in those hand wash only socks and they'll shriiiiiiiiiink!!!) and you need to get something out of your washer, I'm betting that your washer is the same way.

But it probably wastes a lot of water and I'm not sure that it would be worth it to just check on a felted project...

Sam said...

The necklace looks fabulous. When I first saw it I thought it was wire - so clever :-)

Can't wait to see the bag. Glad you survived the experience, lol.

Cee Burr said...


Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Hi ya Purple! just catching up on your blogging, as usual you have been so busy and every thing is wonderful and exciting, I too am afraid of felting, I will over come that fear one day though.
Necklace is fab!

Unknown said...

... well written people, I enjoy a good, interesting blog!

Anonymous said...

We're hoping you're safe from the fires!

laughing purple goldfish said...

we're about 50 kms from the fires... and under no threat - THANKFULLY