Saturday, 6 June 2015

A Time To Stitch 7 Blog Hop Reveal - Sexy Siren Killer Mermaid Necklace!

Hi and thanks for stopping by. 

I have been so excited since I first saw the hop advertised on 
Christine and Thereses'  blogs. 
I have done some embroidery before
 but I am  very much learning still.
So I jumped at the chance for an opportunity 
to try and improve my skills.
I think the great thing about hops like this
 is that they provide the perfect motivation
 to learn new skills 
or improve existing ones,
and I am really grateful
 for the opportunity 
to try and 'go larger' with my work. 
I think this is the largest thing I've made to date, or probably ever!! 

So, the name... 
I was trying to decide on a name for this piece without success so in the end I 
decided to just go with 
the working title 

(Do you ever find yourself thinking of a name 
for what you're working on as you go along....) 

'sexy siren killer mermaid necklace!' 

 I saw the cabochon on Etsy 
and just had to buy it along with the skull anchors.
They were a little expensive for what they were 
but I knew I wanted them 
to tie in with her fishy tail 
and the skull she is posing by, 
whilst waiting for
 her next ship load of sailors 
to lure to the crashing rocks no doubt.... 

I think she's the original femme fatale! 

I used a mixture of glass seed beads 
in shimmery sea tones 
contrasted with the 
gunmetal  seed beads
 to give her a harder look. 

She is a  femme fatale after all!

I used labrodorite beads around the cab 
because they are a dirty earthy colur 
which ties in with the skull anchors 
but also 
(and it's a shame this doesn't show up in the pics) 
they shine a lovely 
mystical blue 
when they catch the light 
which ties in with the sea scape theme.

I tried to make it look 'wavy' 
around the cabochon, 
like a puddle of water. 
That was the idea anyway! 

The Swarovski crystal bicones
 are shade  'Black Diamond' 
(very femme fatale) 
and I used blue jade rounds 
to sit on top of the snakey skull anchors. 

The large rounds on the neck strap 
are massive moss agates, 
interspersed with the Swarovski crystals 
and labrodorite. 

Finished with sterling silver findings. 

As you can see  my
 beading buddy
 was keen to 'help' 
the picture taking! 

 to Christine and Therese 
for hosting this fun
blog hop,
 and a little thank 
you from my cat 
for giving her 
something new
 to sit on! 

Looking forward to hopping along the participants list: 

1.       Therese (Host) 
2.       Christine  (Host)
3.       Amy
4.       Lola
5.       Lori F
6.       Kim
7.       Becky Pancake
8.       Karin G.
9.       Debbie (Kepi)
10.   LizE
11.   Maryanne
12.   Paula

13.   Wendy
14.   Janet
15.   Jasvanti
16.   Ginger
17.   Alicia
18.   Bobbie
19.   Shirley
20.   Sarah
21.   Cynthia

22.   Lizzie
23.   Samantha
24.   Sally
25.   Niki
26.   Karen W.


  1. Holy epic bead embroidery!!!!!!! this is pretty amazing, Lizzie!!! I love your mermaid cab selection - and I really love the overall design and feel of this piece. It's as though you plucked it right of the sea!!

  2. Your bead embroidery work is wonderful. From selecting the colors to the embellishments, you really pulled together a cool theme that is sure to be a conversation piece every time you wear it. I love hearing about your inspiration and how you came up with the title. Kitty looks very happy with it too!

  3. This is an amazing piece! I love the grand scale of it and am really glad you included a photo of it being worn. It's gorgeous! :D

  4. You had me at the name! Such a fun, fun piece - it looks like it was such fun to work on, and the stories you must have told yourself as you worked! So cool. Thanks for sharing some of the background and your thought process - it's one of the things I love best about blog hops, being able to share in other artist's inspiration.

  5. This is such a gorgeous, well planned, substantial piece, with a great vibe and Killer story behind her! I am in awe of what you did here. Bold, Beautiful, Edgy! You've got it all going on!!!

    Thanks for being in this hop! Hope you sign up again!!!

  6. your bead buddy is so cute! that is an amazing statement piece! with a beautiful colorway from the sea! This will be so much fun to wear and tell a bit about the inspiration behind it!

  7. Your bead stitching really does give the feel of water swirling around the cab, and the whole feel of the piece captures the inspiration you had. I love a bold piece - you will definitely be an eye-catching siren every time you wear it!

  8. Now this is a great piece, bold and original, I love the addition of the metal pieces with your water choices.

  9. Hi Lizzie,
    Wow I love your Sexy Siren Killer Mermaid pendant and necklace it is awesome. You did a great job on it. I love the colors and those skull anchors are just the right touch for your femme fatale mermaid. Thank you for participating in ATTS 7 and I hope you will join us for ATTS 8.

  10. Whoa! Killer is right! Fabulous piece with wonderful color and statement

  11. Whoa! Killer is right! Fabulous piece with wonderful color and statement

  12. Whoa! Killer is right! Fabulous piece with wonderful color and statement

  13. Beautiful what a statement piece, gorgeous work!

  14. Beautiful! I love bead embroidery, not that I have done any for so long! Love your design. Hope you are keeping well x

  15. Wow, that is incredible! I really love the bold statement this necklace makes. I've never seen a piece this massive before. I think Sexy Siren is a great name.

  16. Oh man, what stunning pieces. I love it! And Sexy Siren is the perfect name! I love the little skulls on it. Excellent work! Thanks for sharing with us!

  17. Such a successful piece!

  18. Holy smokes! Now THAT's a pendant *g*. Love the result of your bead embroidery efforts and all the symbolism entailed...very nicely done!

  19. Hi Lizzie, Your necklace is beautiful. You did a wonderful job of combining sea elements to create your lovely necklace. The mermaid cab is really unique.

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