|According to my client, this is from the fireplace episode of Dr. Who.|
The opportunity was too good to pass up. After a few messages back and forth about price point and preferences (we agreed that something like this deserved Swarovski crystal pearls), I dove in, working on the design. Part of doing a project like this is translating the craft of the original (which I believe to be bobbin lace) to my craft (crochet, of course). To do that, I had to break down the different elements to capture the essence of the original. On looking closely at the necklace, I decided 3 things were absolutely necessary:
|Le collier en question in close up|
2. The scallops (which would be slightly openwork and which I gauged would need to be made in 3 tiers)
3. The solid rows at the top to anchor it all
The scallops, not surprisingly, were what required the most time from a design standpoint. I tried all kinds of patterns. The scale and the dimensions took some tinkering; a lot of what I tried was just too big, and most of them had scallops that were complete half circles. I realized that the drop pearls wouldn't have the necessary support if the scallop was too deep. Here are some of my attempts:
|3 times was not a charm. These are the ones I didn't just unravel and start over. Swatches like these inspire future projects.|
In an interesting example of, as Robert Frost would say, "how way leads on to way", one of my failed attempts led to an interesting side project. This swatch, from a vintage lace pattern, got me thinking:
I soon turned the scallop part of the lace into a a complete flower:
|The green flower had more stitches in the ring that starts the pattern; the purple is a later refinement that I like better.|
|I realize now I took the picture of the wrong side. On the front you can't see where the pieces are stitched together.|
Have you had any memorable projects that took some hammering out? Any design that led to a completely separate project or to a fun variation? Leave us a comment! Pictures are always welcome.
Vive l'artiste! ~Ellie, Maitresse de Crochet
P.S. On Friday, mon amis, I will post the pattern for these little flowers so that you fellow crocheters can try them out yourself. Happy hooking! ~E.S.