Lately, everything that I am making is about the process and no product yet. I don't mind and I am really enjoying learning about the process. It's a nice break from my usual try-to-finish-a-product-as-fast-as-I-can mentality. Old habits do die hard, so I opted to make a few quick things for instant gratification. I made Melody a little beaded crochet necklace. It couldn't have been easier and you don't even need to know how to crochet. If you can make a chain with a crochet hook, you can make this.
I learned about this technique from Arnetta Kenney, a professor at F.I.T., last weekend. I took a weekend class (knitting related) with her and she showed us the necklaces that she made with this technique. They were beautiful and it inspired me to come home and try it out.I just used materials that I had at home. For Melody's necklace, I used embroidery floss and blue tiger's eye beads. I strung all the beads on first. Then with a crochet hook, make a slip knot and make a few chains. Slide a bead or it could be several beads down under the hook, and crochet some more chains. Keep repeating or it could be random. But all you have to do it make chains with a crochet hook and slide a bead on.She was so thrilled when I showed it to her after she woke up from her afternoon nap. I made it about 24 inches so she could easily slip it on and off her neck. No clasp needed.
Of course, then I had to make some for myself. It is so much fun that it can get addictive.
For this red one, I used crochet thread (Size 10) and the beads are Garnets (round) and silver and black glass seed beads (#10).This silvery sparkly one is made with metallic crochet thread and the beads are Mother of Pearl (rectangle) and Clear Quartz (round).