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 J. Lee 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 Katherine Baldridge said...

This is SO beautiful! I love this!


Cindy Gimbrone said...

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

Linda Augsburg 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 brooks 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!

Deborah Lambson said...

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

Cindy Gimbrone 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! :-)