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.
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!