by Janet Schnittger.
(Dayton, Ohio, USA)
This is a hand-stitched, bead embroidered necklace – a truly one-of-a-kind piece.
The process to make one of these necklaces is quite time consuming. First, the cabochon was glued to a piece of suede, and then surrounded by individually hand stitched seed beads. After this was completed, I begin stitching the embroidery, one to two beads at a time, until the design was completed. I started with a particular sketched out idea for this piece, but ended up in a whole new direction!
After the embroidery was finished, I carefully cut out the piece and added a backing of another piece of suede. Then I laid out more beads and proceeded to add fringe. I completed this piece using a simple, unassuming flexible brass neck wire. This piece took me a total of approximately 10 hours to create over a 2 month period.
I named this piece “Deco Nights” because it reminds me of architecture of the Art Deco era, a period in architecture and art I am particularly interested in. The colors comprise of rich blues, royal purples, brilliant turquoises and beautiful aged gold and bronze. The central gemstone is Purple Fluorite. Surrounding this is semi-precious Chrysocalla, Miyuki and Czech seed beads and crystals.
The neck wire on this piece measures 18″ and the front piece measures 8.5” x 3”.
RetroDog Designs at Etsy
What a detailed piece. It is fantastic. You did a wonderful job coordinating the colors along with the beading and embroidery. I am curios though to know what the original design was to be.
AWESOME piece! RetroDog’s designer is very creative and talented! I love the jewelry! Keep up the GREAT work! I look forward to seeing many more unique pieces coming from this designer!!!
Thank you so much!! Leigh, It actually started out as an oval pendant with only a few rows of small beads around the Fluorite. When I get a creative idea, I kind of go to town on it! 🙂
by: Lorraine/Wired Orchid
Janet, this necklace’s design and execution are exceptional. Beautifully done!
Oh My Gosh!!!
This is just gorgeous, Janet! Totally stunning. I’ll bet it’s absolutely jaw-dropping in person. It does recall Art Deco wonderfully.
I’m in awe of your neat, even work with all the tiny seed beads that went into this project. Everything is so precisely placed.
Thank you so much for sharing this masterpiece with us!
Thank you so much!! I had so much fun making this piece. Would you believe it is only the second bead embroidered piece I’ve ever done!
Only your second project with this technique? Wow! I can’t wait to see the pieces you’ll be making a few years from now! 🙂
Bead Embroidery is my most favorite type of beadwork. Although I enjoy a variety of jewelry making techniques/mediums, I seem to always gravitate to embroidery. You did a wonderful job on this pendant. It is absolutely stunning! Best wishes, Carol
What a lovely piece and so intricate!
I hope you werer justly rewarded for your efforts!