The greatest thing about blogging is that it is a two-way street. I love your comments and suggestions, and sometimes you show me things I would not have thought of on my own, at least not without considerable gray cell death.
I asked if you had any ideas on combining crochet and beads to make jewelry and some of you dug up some great suggestions. Inspired by some of those I made this necklace. It is very simple, and I had the beads and yarn that went perfect together.
I am loving crocheted jewelry, it's so easy to make, and so versatile.
The beads have a really nice pearlescent sheen that had the same blue reflection as the chenille yarn. It is organic, very light, and soft, and it reminds me of sealife. Perfect.
I t can be worn loose, or twisted like a cord for two different looks.
I didn't make these but I wanted to share the idea. They were a gift from my friend Ilana, who bought them on a trip to Africa. The large beads are handmade, using a "papier mache" technique. Printed paper is cut into very fine strips, and rolled and glued together. You can still see text on some beads.
These are made by HIV positive women and sold to support them. Beautiful, earth-friendly and humanitarian, that's my kind of jewelry.
For a fan of handmade jewelry these are a fabulous holiday gift, and easy to copy if you want to try it yourself.