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Art Show: The Artist-Made Statement Necklace

Asymmetrical Needle Felted Necklace

by Harlan

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Art: Asymmetrical Needle Felted Necklace by Artist Harlan
Last year I created a needle felting class making use of tapered ropes as the foundation for a variety of design possibilities. As is normal when I am creating a class, I make a number of prototypes and experiments to see what is possible and how to explain the process of recreating the necklaces clearly. This asymmetrical necklace was one of my experiments and the one that I like the best. 

I was very interested in creating a fiber necklace that was sleek,  a quality not often attributed to fiber and to needle felting. After creating the tapers and joining them into the basic necklace, I created and applied the gradient brown to black netting. I have no real explanation for the addition of the fiber scrolls at the tip of the necklace. The thought occurred to me and adding them felt right. The beads on the right hand side of the necklace were added to echo the gradient shift in the tapers and in the netting by shifting from turquoise beads to black beads and from large to small. To balance the weight of the design elements on the right hand side of the necklace, I created a peyote stitch ring of black beads to circle the outside smaller taper. A simple button and loop closure completed the necklace.



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