Saturday, December 30, 2006

'Penny necklace'

Toby made me the most wonderful necklace for Christmas, it is about 5 foot long, knotted on various shades of hemp, which I wind around my neck a few times ( see the top image). When I am not wearing the necklace, it hangs on the kitchen wall in one long line and looks really pretty. What makes it extra special, are some of the elements knotted onto it. Many of them have memories for me. In the bottom image you can see some close up, for example, 'Bubble beads', these are the 2 creamy coloured handfelted beads, made from our cat 'Bubble's fur!! There is a tiny pencil, Laurence, (my husband and Toby's Dad) often has little pencils behind his ear when he is working, making things, and this is one of them, from Ikea, and he drilled a hole in the end so it could be strung onto my necklace. There is a black bead, this is made from volcanic ash, we bought a string of them on our holiday in Lanzarote, to break up for Toby's jewellery designs. Bottom right is one of the many stones with holes that Toby and I collected on the beach in the Isle of Wight this year. There are so many elements, vintage crystal beads, old keys, curtain rings, hooks and eyes, poppers, parts of suspenders! pretty buttons people have given us, pieces of chain, it goes on and on, it's quirky, unusual and pretty, I am SO pleased with it.
Thank you Toby!!


Blogger natural attrill said...

you are very welcome!!!!!

12/30/2006 11:06 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Lucky Mom! It is an amazing creation!

1/01/2007 10:46 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

this is such a treasure, lucky Penny and well done Toby! Happy New Year to you both, Karen and Kamal xxx

1/02/2007 3:15 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

That looks an amazing necklace. Happy new year

1/03/2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger PG said...

It is wonderful! What a very special present to have, you must be so proud - the tiny pencil is the best. Happy new year to you both, too, not forgetting Lawrence.

1/04/2007 9:11 PM  
Blogger Pea said...

Crazy but cool! (I mean that in the nicest way x)

1/15/2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger Sybille said...

This is so lovely! I am jealous!


1/18/2007 5:25 PM  
Blogger Emm@ said...

Penny and Toby, this is the most amazing piece of jewellry I have ever seen! Your ability to put so many disparate elements together and come up with something so gorgeous is just astounding.

How do you thread them all together? Do you drill tiny holes in everything?


Emm@ xxxxx

3/12/2007 3:51 PM  
Blogger natural attrill said...

Hello Emma,
What a lovely compliment, thank you!
Toby drills holes in some things, but alot of the elements in this piece have holes already, beads, hooks and eyes, buttons etc
Tried to see your blog but think you must have deleted it, and starting a new one? Let us know when you do and will visit again.

3/12/2007 5:05 PM  
Blogger Emm@ said...

Ahhh, no, it's still there!

3/29/2007 7:26 PM  

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