Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Day

I had a long morning of schooling and errands to run. It wasn't until well after lunch that I could sit down and play with the new necklace. Now, honestly I wasn't sure it was going to turn out right on the first go. I was contemplating extra rows and redone stitch counts. Even when I finished the last side I still wasn't sure.It wasn't until I put some hardware on it and put it on, that I felt like it was, in fact complete. It laid very nicely.

While I thought it would also work as a tighter choker. The length I ended up at allowed it to sit at the base of my neck very comfortably. Comfort is important. Even better, the way I chose to work the bulk of the piece allows for it to be make in multiple sizes without changing the look of the piece.

I was feeling so good about how the prototype came out that I started digging for something different to make a final piece with. I grabbed a Lizbeth thread titled, Elderberry Jam. I know, I usually don't go in for variegated threads, but I thought it might be just right for this piece. The purples are a little darker in person that they showed up on the photo, but you get the idea. I finished tatting this one late yesterday, so it should get its hardware this morning and debut in the store later today. I was going to list the black version as well, but it doesn't really meet my standards as is. I was a little sloppy with the long chains and since I wasn't sure how long to make it, there are more cuts and ties in it than I like. I can make it in one go, so I'll remake the black before it arrives in the shop.

I suppose all of that should keep me busy today, but since it's the 1st I'm again crossing my fingers that some shoppers emerge and spend some money. April was a tough month. I made a third of what I did last year at this time and that isn't paying all the bills. Yep, crossing my fingers for a mad, sales crazy May.


craftie sylvie said...

I think both versions are really nice. Wonderful pattern. Bravo!

God's Kid said...

Your necklace is fabulous!!! And I love it in color too!!! :)

Ann Martin said...

Love the pendant effect!