Monday, July 04, 2011

New Beachy Chic and Bohemian!

So my mom has been crocheting a lot lately..a family talent passed down from my grandmother...and she recently showed me some bracelets she wants to try and make. (she's decided to move on from blankets and booties..and pot holders..she made me some cool orange and green ones ;-)). It was more like a cuff with lots of beads in it..super cute..but when she showed it to reminded me of these necklaces I made for myself probably 10 years ago with bead crochet in just a simple chain stitch. I loved those necklaces..but never ventured very far with it since I also got into the silk knotting at that time and got blindly hooked on that and still have hardly looked back.

Since it got me thinking about it again I pulled out some of my old Stringth brand cord from Rio Grande and tried to make one. I forgot how much fun it was to make and how much I loved the look! But I needed more cording for it..I actually gave away almost all of my Stringth since I started using Griffin Silk. In doing some research online and asking questions at my bead group Beadingaholics I found an awesome nylon cording with beautiful color choices I never had 10 years least that I knew's called Superlon Nylon Beading thread..or S-Lon.

Finally I got my new S-Lon cord in but I think I need a smaller size because I'm a pearl girl and really want to add pearls to my work..and it just does not seem to fit through this size D.

Still I'm super excited about these new necklaces I made! So refreshing to do something a little different again. Being so into the look of silk when I knot my pearls..I always love to leave a little showing in between beads because I think it looks so much more natural and organic...these have a thicker fiber look that I am really digging.

Amazonite and Brown Cord Crocheted Necklace

Olive Opal and Dyed Sugilite Crocheted Organic Chic Necklace

This one I made for my mom :)

Blue Coral and Triple Gemstone Charm Crocheted Necklace

All can be found in my shop at Jonara Blu Maui


Regina said...

Beautiful! I saw them at your shop. They are lovely, great work. I bet your Mom loves the Amethyst necklace.

Christina J. said...

Those are great! I love them all, but especially the first one. It's fun to try out something new.

Jonara Blu Maui said...

Thanks Regina and Christina! It is good to try something new..I get in such a rut of making a lot of the same bridal jewelry..I do like it..but I need a break sometimes. I procrastinate on trying something new and now see how I'm really missing out because it makes me excited for beading again! My mom did love the amethyst necklace..its her color and looks great on her :) Hope you guys are having productive creative days!

ChezChani said...

Ohh I love those. No idea how to do that, so impressed :-)

Jonara Blu Maui said...

Thank you! chain stitch crochet is easy! And you just add your beads on before hand and pull one up when you want it in the stitch!

Marjorie said...

Very nice indeed! I've been a lifetime crocheter myself. Great job incorporating this craft into your jewelry!

Jonara Blu Maui said...

Thanks Marjorie! It may just be simple crocheted but it warms my heart that I can use some of it in my jewelry making because it reminds me so much of my grandmother :)