Two days ago, when the boys were playing with friends, so I was able to do some serious beading. Unfortunately, I had a couple of disasters before I had a success.
The first disaster was a watchband which ended up too small! The second was my first attempt at a herringbone rope which I had been working on previously, and decided to hide the thread end. Well, suffice it to say that you cannot pull a thread through a size 11 bead too many times. I tried forcing the needle and ended up breaking the beads. I am still trying to decide if I can fix it or not.
So, feeling pretty stressed, I decided to string a simple necklace to get that wonderful feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a piece. I used a couple of multi-colored strands of freshwater pearls that I had hanging around from another project.
After the boys were put off to bed, I sat and strung up those pearls, and then… I just couldn’t do it. I don’t know if it is perfectionism, or a need to challenge myself, but I could not just let myself string up that simple necklace. I guess that need to create something is very strong in me.
So, I decided to add a focal element in the middle. Of course, I had to finish it up the next day since it ended up taking me about four hours to restring the beads and create the focal point. Luckily, I love it! I guess sometimes it pays to follow those instincts. (But wouldn’t it have been fine as a simple piece?)
Here is what I came up with:
As you can see, the pearls are very colorful. It really struggled with how to make an appropriate focal piece. I was worried it would be too much. I knew that I couldn’t really add any more color elements, and I wanted to use what I had on hand. Luckily I had some small orange and yellow crystals and some large pale yellow crystals. Somehow I had some pale yellow seed beads, too. It must have been fate since I am not a big fan of yellow.
The centerpiece was strung with the pearls, seed beads, and three types of crystals. (See close-up.)
- Focal piece made of dangles.
The focal piece is just a packed bunch of dangles coming out of beads on the wired strand. I used size 6 seed beads on the strand under the dangles because they have large holes. Then I made dangles of yellow seed bead in different length with crystals or leftover pearls on the ends (topped with a yellow seed bead to hold in place of course). I made the dangles near the edges shorter to give it a bit of a rounded look. At the very edges, I added a couple of dangles that were only seed beads. It took me about four hours to make the focal piece!
So, did I do the right thing? Is it good to be a perfectionist? Only if the end product comes out good? Only if your husband puts up with you? Today at least, I am happy that I am.