I feel like I've been working on finishing this lariat necklace for forever, I guess I've been busy with my day job, replacing a kitchen faucet and generally catching up on housework now that ski season is over. Today I'll throw in the towel and get my skis out of my car too. Anyway, this set is finished and ready to head to the Ann Arbor Fiberart Guild's Fiber Feast at the end of April. If it doesn't sell, it'll probably end up at Synchronicity or Higher Art Gallery.
I'm still on a purple, gold and brown kick. Even the next bangle I'm working on is the same colorway. Usually I'm inspired by something else or am tired of looking at this color set, but it hasn't happened yet so I'm rolling with it. I wanted to keep this lariat necklace simple at the ends because there's a lot of color change in the lariat itself. I used swarovski pearls and crystals as accents.
I think it's also important to point out that all of these pieces are just variations to the St. Petersburg Chain stitch. I love how it looks and feels with tiny seed beads, so I keep coming back around to it.
Larger chandelier earrings can be the bane of my existence. The perfectionist in me is annoyed that the left earring is not hanging as well as the right, even though they're stitched the same. They're best stored hanging so the thread can bear the weight and sort itself out. I've worn them a number of times and gotten some really nice compliments so in the end, that's what matters.