by Marguerite Zorach
This month Sampler Club members got a tiny peak at the November artwork a couple of days early since she sent them out with the October selections. Because I had such early access to her pendant, I knew I wanted to make something with it before attempting anything else. Here's the pendant that I received... she calls them "Love, Autumn."
It's hard to tell in my photo, but there is a fabulous pearlescence to the pendant that helped drive my bead selection for this project. I really wanted to break out of my normal design mode and play with a mix of bead shapes and colors... all in a (gasp) asymmetrical design. I chose a mix of mostly Czech glass beads that pulled out the various colors from the pendant and the painting that inspired it. I was fortunate to have some plated hematite beads that echoed the pearly blue in the pendant with their metallic sheen. To round things out I also threw in some brass beads and gemstones (red wood lace stone?). Originally, I was thinking I'd use waxed linen for my stringing material, but it was quickly apparent to me that I would be better off using beading wire.
Without further ado, here is my finished necklace! I'm pleased as punch with how this one turned out. How do you think I did?