Wednesday, 30 May 2012

"Grace" is what it's all about.

Also called elegant, sophistication, affected, appropriate, apt, aristocratic, artistic, august, chic, choice, classic, clever, comely, courtly, cultivated, cultured, dainty, delicate, dignified, effective, exquisite, fancy, fashionable, fine, genteel, graceful, grand, handsome, ingenious, luxurious, majestic, modish, neat, nice, noble, opulent, ornamented, ornate, ostentatious, overdone, polished, rare, recherché, refined, rich, select, simple, stately, stuffy, stylish, stylized, sumptuous, superior, turgid, well-bred.

To me that was quite a revelation - I was born in August, and I can relate to most of the synonyms above.

When I was still a little girl, I attended boarding school because of distances between our farm and the town. All the farmers' children attended boarding school, so to me it was a very natural thing to do. My dad/mom would drop me off before school starts on a Monday morning, and fetched me again straight after school on a Friday, normally at about 13h15. I then would spend the weekend on the farm.

My mom was really very good with sewing, baking, creating things, painting,  and often made me special dolls' clothes. She will then dress the doll in the new clothes, and should they go to town during the week, leave the dressed up doll on my bed in the boarding school. I will then find the "surprise" on my bed when I return from school that day.

One of my very special memories from those years is a particular doll that was dressed in a full length pure white wedding gown. I came home from school one day and there was this beautifully dressed up dolly on my bed. I can still picture the image, it is so vivid.

Many of the beads in this collar came from my mom's stack of beads after she passed away some years ago. The sequence beads were used on that very same wedding dress for my doll. "White" resembles pure, grace, and to me the wedding gown for my doll my mom made me.

The white rose represents a little girl, the white glass cabochon below the rose purity, various white shells, white cabochons and glass cabochons were used in creating "Grace".  Embellished with glass beads, glass seed beads, glass pearls, sequence beads, this collar to me will be a direct reflection to my doll and her wedding gown.

I embroidered on white leatherette, ultra suede is the backing, the length of the collar is around 53 cm. A toggle finishes off this collar.

To create depth and texture I made use of Picot Stitch between some of the cabochons.

Hope you will enjoy this creation as much as I did when creating it.


  1. beautiful piece, beautiful inspiration

  2. Thank you Bev, really appreciate your friendship and comments.