The fight for freedom
and a separation from England in the 16th century put Ireland
in great turmoil. Born to the land a woman, and by her deeds,
a pirate, she was given the Gaelic nickname of Grainne Mhaol,
meaning loosely cropped hair, as she had cut her
hair short and dressed like a man. Her nickname was later shortened
to Granuaile (pronounced Gran-Yale). She became a Chieftain of
the OMalley clan and ruled with an iron fist for many years.
Elizabeth I was intrigued by Granuailes strong will and
determination, as well as her great ability to lead her clan
in a time when men would have normally held such a position.
was inspired by the tale of Granuaile. As a Queen of her clan,
I wondered what type of crown she would have worn. As a woman
of the land, her crown would best be made up from Irelands
natural bounty. These things might have been clinging to the
cliffs of the western coast, or maybe gathered from the moors.
Woven together, these natural things could have formed a crown
for this fierce woman Chieftain.
This is an asymmetrical
neckpiece. Three pods, each on a stem, drape in the front of
the neckpiece for a soft look. The stems are gathered together
at the closure which is in the front of the neckpiece, offers
a hidden connection. The stems of the pods wrap around the neck
to overlap the front closure with another pod to give balance
and as a camouflage for the closure. The pods are 3-D shapes
using Peyote stitch with a surface embellishment. Each pod has
an added sleeve of leaf shapes at the top giving the look of
an artichoke. The leaf shapes are also made out of Peyote stitch
(circular and flat). The stems are made out of circular Peyote
stitch and circular Herringbone with a variation. The Herringbone
variation uses fringe beads to give a touch of texture and interest
to the stems.
- Tubular Peyote
stitch with increasing and decreasing
- Flat circular
Peyote stitch with increasing and decreasing
- Surface embellishing
Skill Level: Advanced. Must be comfortable
with Peyote stitch and Herringbone stitch.