November was hosted by lovely Christine and her choice of picture was one very matching the weather outside:
Yup, all the leaves are gone by now. The sky might not be as brilliantly blue, or not today (it's raining), but the branches sure look like that.
I wanted to make something that matches the empty branches, but I felt it'll make me way to sad and right now that's the last thing I need. So I deviated just a tad :)
First it came the flower. As my enamel colours are very limited, I am truly happy I still have a bit of the aqua, we will pretend it's the colour of the sky. The flower was ready on Sunday, however I wasn't ready to finish it until today. I knew how I wanted to finish it, which in my mind was the same thing as being done... sorry... I run a lot like this lately.
I looked for a bit of fabric to match the flower, but all my fabrics were turquoise or deep blue. Too deep and dark for what I wanted. I recently received some silky scarfs from my mom, but those weren't in the colours I wanted either (although beautiful nonetheless!). As I was scratching my head, I remembered I bought some mohair / wool mix yarn, in some blue-grayish hues. That should do it, right?
Luckily for me, it continues beautifully from the end of the flower (where the blue of the enamel is not that bright). I wrapped a piece of wire in the yarn, then crocheted the neckpiece with the yarn and another, thinner wire. I also used the thin wire on the flower 'hanger' - for some empty branches.
Being completely exhausted already (not from this, from my crazy life in general), I couldn't bear the thought to make the clasp, so I used one of two clasps I won (long time ago) from Cindy Wimmer. I just love this clasp - I think I'll just have a session of clasp making soon, so I have them when I need them :)
This is the result - I'll give it a wear soon; I am a tad worried about those 'branches', I want to see if they can be worn or not. If not (if they catch the blouse material) I have an idea to replace them with a bit of embroidery thread; it won't have the same curly effect, but it'll be fine, I think.
And no, my little foldio still cannot 'host' an entire necklace. I'll give it a try in natural light tomorrow, hopefully you get the idea of what it looks like.
Thank you to all who visit, I know I've been mostly invisible the past few months, I promise I have good excuses for that. I'll update the blog soon.
And, again, thank you so much to my great CC7A partners and virtual friends. You have been so patient with me, and I hasn't been a great host.
Please visit all the wonderful ladies, I am sure they've made beautiful pieces - Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating it this weekend (we did so in October).