I finally finished making my Tatiana necklace! It is a beautiful pattern designed by Manek-Manek Beads. I'm so excited to have finished it because it is made almost entirely with tiny size 15/0 seed beads, and it took me many days and nights using my magnifier Ott Lamp to weave them all together. I broke a bead or two along the way, and I went through 9 (!) size 13 needles, breaking those mostly when I was trying to maneuver them around the crystals.
The entire necklace is done in Right Angle Weave (RAW), including the bezels. The rope is done in Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW). Through making this necklace, I learned a new love for RAW and all the things it can do.
In my September 2 post, I showed you the beads all set up and ready to go.
Here is a picture of the beginning of the necklace as I was just getting started.
Before I show you the final pictures, I just want to say that this is the first time I have purchased a pattern from Manek-Manek. She has a wonderful way of writing the instructions so that they are easy to understand and follow. The diagrams are clear. She has beautiful designs, and even though some are quite advanced, I have confidence that I will be able to complete any pattern that I purchase from her. She is also very friendly and easily accessible should you need help at any point in your project. I shall definitely be buying more of her beautiful designs in the future to make for myself.
Here is the finished necklace:
And here is a close-up of the crystal embellishments that I substituted for size 11/0 seed beads in the column bar parts of the necklace:
I feel like a queen when I wear it out, even if I'm just going to the grocery store. ;)