I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at what I'm working on right now. Last night I got the grand idea to create a heart pendant for my dear friend Christina who's birthday is coming up on March 17th. Currently she is deployed to Iraq so I need to be sending this soon. She loves bright green so I'm using a nice bright green variegated silk thread. Yes I said silk thread...yup I jumped right on into more difficult with my own two feet! AND it's small sized I think it is similar to a size 12 Perle and I'm using the smallest size needle, "very fine" size #8. I have to work very carefully on this one because the silk thread twists and knots very easily and it can get loose easy too (which is a good thing if I mess up LOL). I think it's going to be a delicious pendant though! I'm also adding 4mm green Swarovski Crystal beads and had to change the pattern a little for it...I wish I had done it a little differently but it still looks really nice.
I think I'm going to need to stiffen this though because it gets bent out of shape really easy...so I'm going to look into sugar water stiffening method because I don't want it to yellow or ruin the thread. I'm going to put it in a nice jewelery box so it's protected when she's not wearing it...wouldn't want bugs to get to it!
I've done the heart pattern twice already so I'm doing okay on it, it's just I have to be careful and take my time. I'm also taking breaks so I don't get too tired and start messing it up.
I love my friend dearly and it is worth all the work and effort to make this for her! I know she will cherish and take good care of it too.