This necklace is my second commission ever!  I think it turned out great.  It’s a lovely mix of candy colored 6° seeds crocheted into a rope, inspired by one I made for myself, Old Tyme Candy.

This one is longer, and has more sparkle.  The new owner is a tiny person, so she can wear it doubled, as a short necklace, or full length, in a 20s flapper style.



IMG_3839Who would have believed this was lurking under the Hot Mess?  Well, most of it anyway; the crocheted rope, the focal, and all the beads were there, just waiting, waiting, waiting.

IMG_3840It took a while for the focal to speak to me.  At first, it seemed too bright a yellow for what was in my mind’s eye.  I tried to dye it a darker shade, but that didn’t work.  It is resin, so unlike the bone focals I’ve used in the past, it didn’t take the stain from coffee or tea.  Or anything else I tried.  Bright yellow it is!

Incorporating silver lined brown and topaz beads in the surrounding embroidery took things down a notch.  Not nearly so glaring, methinks.  I picked up the yellow again on the outside using some opaque crystals.  Hmmm, isn’t that a bit of a oxymoron?  Opaque Crystal.  Hey, you know what I mean!

IMG_3841Originally I’d planned to do a round focal, but while stitching a different geometry came to mind.  I was tired of round.  Tired of going around in circles too, but that’s a post for another time.  As Prince Charming pointed out, this looks like a rotor from a Wankel engine.  A Wankel Focal.  I like.

The necklace is a two for one as well.  Instead of permanently attaching the focal, I decided to make it removable.  Again, a bit of noodling for the noggin.  How best to do that, and still have the focal’s back look clean and finished?

The necklace would still need a claps.  Maybe two clasps.  This is what finally transpired.  You can unhook the sunflower and just wear the rope by itself.  Or not.

Choices!  Lots of choices!  That’s what Soraya is all about.

Rainbow Sherbet

IMG_3731Anyone remember ice cream trucks?
Cups of rainbow sherbet?
Flat wooden spoons?

That’s what this necklace reminds me of.  Running after the truck, coins clutched tightly in hand.  It’s 34 degrees today, probably not a good day for sherbet.

Bead crochet, with an extra beaded bead as a focal.  Another tick off the Unfinished Project list.  Another piece completed.  Feels sooo good!

I made this using circular slip stitch, size 6 beads, 6 around.  It has a nice weight; not too heavy, not to light.  The beads themselves are a mix of finishes – color lined, matte, opaque; all swirled together.  Brass end caps and clasp complete the piece.


IMG_3672A bead crocheted necklace fit for an Empress.

Deep dark matte green beads highlighted with a pop of gold make up the body, while the carved jade pendant sets the whole off with boldness.

The creation of this piece was fairly straight forward.  In fact, it’s been finished for several weeks.  I just couldn’t for the life of me think of what to name it…

My usual pun-inspired ideas weren’t working.  This necklace has depth and weight; something cute just wouldn’t do.

It reminds me of the deep dark ocean depths.  Probably because the pendant is a carved fish.

It’s a nice fish though, no spikes or sharp teeth like the actual denizens of the Marianis Trench.

Old Tyme Candy

IMG_3534Good Enough to Eat

But I wouldn’t try it on this necklace.  You’d be more than likely to break a tooth!

A bead crochet necklace using 6°s in a plethora of pastels.  Well, perhaps they’re a bit more intensely colored than pastels.  Not primary colors either.  So, what would you call them?  Some colored druks and a toggle clasp complete the piece.

This one will be staying with me.  Because I really like it, and because it has a mistake.  I was less than careful when crimping the clasp, and managed to shatter one of the glass druks, so the toggle ends are not symmetrical.  OK for me.  Not for something to sell.


IMG_3480A little something to keep the hands busy.

Bead crochet necklace with a hefty focal.  I think it may be agate?  Not sure.  If anyone reading this can identify the stone, let me know.  it looks like grey marble, but is not.  That much I am sure of.

Anyway, there’s sparkle along the back, courtesy of some silver lined grey 6ºs, while the front is a lumi mix, which is a little of everything earth toned.

The clasp is a hammered gunmetal toggle.  The focal pulls it all together.

The necklace rests right at the collar bone, so is suitable for wearing with casual as well as dressier attire.  I modeled it with a black v-neck sweater.

Quite striking.



Every so often, a body needs to make a statement.  To say something specific, ending with a decisive period.  Period.  This is the kind of necklace to wear.  Resolute.  Determined.  Strong.  Classy.

A bead crochet necklace with a lovely carved jade pendant to keep it firmly anchored.  Scattered throughout the sea green rope is an occasional hint of green gold.  That picks up the greens and tans of the jade.  A subtle pop of color, if popping colors are subtle.

The jade is carved on both sides, though it is not a mirrored duplicate.  There are variations which mean it was hand carved, rather than computer-milled on a machine.

What will your statement be?