the last quarter of the 19th century a fascinating period of
jewelry design came to the forefront of the artistic community
and they called it the Pre-Raphaelite period. It was started
by a group of young artists who decided to design work that reflected
their romantic lifestyle. They believed that everyday decoration
was just as important as painting and sculpture. These artisans
designed jewelry for their personal use. The paintings of the
time, especially those of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, evoked this
new style and made it a romantic Bohemian fashion. This movement
was later to be known as the Arts & Crafts movement in the
later part of the 19th century.
Circlet of Lace
has softness in its design that gives this piece a romantic side.
The spaces between the Peyote stitched tubing and the inside
edges of the lace shapes, have a peek-a-boo effect
on the skin. A Herringbone variation builds the base for all
of the ruffled Netted shapes. Small bands embellished with pearls
capture the tubing at intervals all along the necklace. The outside
edges of the Netted lace shapes have small pearls along the outer
front edges of the shapes and a beautiful scalloped edging on
the backside of the shapes. These beautiful ruffles are double
sides so there is lots of dimension. The tubing threads through
all of the little bands and ends in an embellished split circle
loop and toggle closure.
- Peyote Stitch
in the round, even and odd-count.
- Flat odd-count
- Split circle
techniques in Peyote Stitch for the loop closure
- A Herringbone
Stitch variation that switches the stitch to Peyote Stitch
- 3-bead and 5-bead
Netting with embellishing
techniques for the toggle
kit is more for the advanced beader. You must be familiar with
Peyote Stitch, Herringbone and Netting.
Photos for this
kit: Mark Rutledge