Another finished piece, this time a pendant. I started with an early attempt at reticulation, which worked beautifully in one part of the brass but didn’t spread to the rest of the piece.
I then cut it out with a hacksaw, tidied up the central hole and polished it.
Initially I wanted to stitch it onto black silk, until I found a piece of black cotton velvet. The edges of the brass and the pearl purl sink so nicely into the pile of the velvet and it gives another wonderful textural contrast.
Some of the longest bullions I’ve ever stitched, and with a slightly slubby thread too. The bullions and the purl are actually holding the metal to the fabric.
I finished off the french knots inside the hole and added some trios in a dark red silk thread to the ends of the purls.
The pendant is two almond shapes cut from pelmet vilene which are laminated together and the velvet laced over them.
The back is another slightly smaller single piece of vilene which has been covered with black kimono silk with a slightly crepey texture.
This was invisibly ladder stitched onto the black velvet and the bale stitched on with red thread.
I really feel I want to do something more with these pieces of jewellery than just accumulate them like I do with my purely textile work. I was wondering if they might be the sort of thing that would sell on etsy… Any thoughts from the wise?