Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Love Story: Spirals n 'Shay

January's theme for Ornament Thursday is Love Story. It may bring to mind that sappy '70's movie with Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neill . Today's project has nothing to do with that. One of the crafts I love is crochet and I'm happy it's back with a vengence. Spirals n shay uses crochet and my flat spirals for a one of a kind necklace.

Supplies you'll need are

Five (5) silver plum flat spirals

Size 8 seed beads in coordinating color

Pearle Cotton size 5 in coordinating color

Two (2) soldered sterling silver jump rings

One (1) "S" sterling silver clasp (I made my own out of 18 gauge sterling wire)


1 big eye needle

1 crochet hook size 2.5mm


Rather than give an entire set of directions, I'm going to focus on what I love most, the crochet. Below I show you how to crochet the beads onto the embroidery floss.

Bead crochet is fast, easy and lovely to look at! See why I love it so much? So go get a hook, a few spirals, embroidery floss and start hooking! While you're at it, you can sing a few bars of my version of Love Story:

Where do I begin?
To tell the story of how great a hook can be?
The sweet yarn stitches that are lo-va-lee to see
The simple truth about the joy 'Shay brings to me
Where do I start?

You know the lyrics now, go ahead - SING!


Margot Potter said...


Wonderful project and your photos are FABULOUS!

I love this because love comes in many forms. Perhaps the creative force is the greatest love of all?! Paging Whitney...


Kriss said...

Very pretty. I love your step-by-step instructions complete with photos!

Melissa said...

Really gorgeous! I always have trouble following crochet instructions - your photos make everything beautifully clear!

Lisa said...

Cindy...I love how you used the disks! Very clever.

Heather Powers said...

i love the mix of textures Cindy! hmm, the big 'shay, I may have to pull out my hook and give it a try.

JenniferJangles said...

Love the spiral beads. How fun!
Jennifer Jangles

Jean said...

This is SO beautiful! I love this!


LampworkDiva said...

Thanks, Everyone! Gotta spread the love of bead crochet every where I go!

Linda at Make It Mine Mag said...

Loving the project AND the step shots--so clear. Like Lisa, I love that you used the disks as dangles! Thanks so much for sharing it.

*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Great piece Cindy! Love the spirals and the texture and the repetition of the seed beads...

Katie Hacker said...

I just learned how to crochet with wire and beads and I can see how easy it would be to "get hooked." Love your necklace!

Sweetwater Designs said...

What a sweet project..I'm going to have to find time to try it. Great post!

LampworkDiva said...

It's a fun project - if you know how to crochet already, you can do this in under an hour. Thanks for stopping by! :-)