Wednesday, February 1, 2012

EBW February Challenge "Nest"

Bird Nest Loop Fringe Necklace

I've created this one-of-a-kind beadwoven necklace for the Etsy Beadweavers Team February Challenge "Nest". Just about all creatures on earth are hardwired to seek and build their own nest for themselves and those they love. A Nest conjures feelings of warmth, comfort, care and home. My husband and I love to birdwatch especially the nesting activities that begin in the spring. A bird will find bits and pieces of any and all suitable materials to build and then line their nest. From grasses, twigs, leaves, feathers to yarn, string, ribbon or other manmade substances that might catch their eye. I love to watch the hummingbirds gather spiderwebs for their nests.

I started this necklace with a base rope of cubic right angle weave with purple/brown matte rainbow beads and then embellished it with a loopy fringe using a variety of purple seed beads and some amethyst, cat's eye, crystal and dagger beads as accents. Nestled into the center of the necklace is a sweet raku pottery bird surrounded by gold luster purple and copper bead embroidery and attached to the base rope. The 24" necklace has a vintage matte lilac Czech glass button as a closure. The bird is about 3" wide by 2" high and the center of the necklace with fringe is about 3.5" high.

Perfect for the bird lover and those who just love a lot of funky fringe!
Please visit our team blog, ( between the 9th and 15th and vote for your favorite entry. Search EBWC to find more incredible entries.

One of my very favorite element designers is Olivia of ODDDesigns.  She just happens to be a resident of the Triad in NC as well.  Her raku pottery pieces are irresistible!  Featured in this necklace is a beautiful raku bird by Olivia at

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