I have created a neckpiece inspired by the myth of Persephone. Flowers woven from tiny beads and rich bead embroidery make a very pretty piece. I found some wonderful glass chips that remind me so much of the pomegranate seeds Persephone ate. I learned some new techniques whilst making this, a picot edge to the bead embroidery just suited it, also the reducing of the strap at the back presented a challenge. I used Beadsmith Fireline thread to secure the flowers and leaves. Originally developed for fishermen, it is very strong, but virtually invisible. This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m impressed with it. Many blissful hours of work have gone into Persephone, I thought very carefully about the position of all the flowers, I'm glad that I decided on an asymmetrical design, it suits the nature inspired theme perfectly.
|Painting of Persephone by Rosetti|
It occurs to me that Persephone would wear very different clothes during her time in the underworld. After a few months in girlie flowery garments she is probably pleased to put on something black, stylish and with a hint of the gothic! I may well have to make another darker version for her that would suit her other persona.