Monday, November 16, 2009

Work in progress: The Lady of Shalott - part two

I've made some progress with my new bead embroidered necklace. The Tennyson poem that tells the story of the cursed Lady of Shalott says that she was doomed to look at the world only in the reflections of her looking glass, and then to weave what she saw into tapestries.

I've included some small mirrors (shisha) to represent her looking glass which have been embroidered into place. I'm attempting to hint at her tapestries through the sinuous lines that are echoed over and over in related colors. I'm planning for most of the piece to be done in deep teal.







Here are all the construction steps:

Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four


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9 comments:

Jean Hutter said...

WOW this is going to be amazing - I can't wait to see it finished.

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Jean! I'm loving the colors :-)

Barbara said...

oooooo... this is lovely. The blue sinuous curves also make me think of the river that she takes to Camelot.

This is one of my favorite poems -- I memorized it in high school for speech team.

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Barbara! Exactly: there's the river and there are shisha mirrors that represent her looking glass. I'll be adding tears too. I'm delighted to find another fan of the poem and the story :-)

Kathryn Lane Berkwowitz said...

I can't wait to see it finished ! Teal is my favorite color because I can't decide which I like better, blue or green.
Your necklace is going to be magnificent !

Cyndi L said...

Thank you so much Kathryn!

Christine Ritchey said...

I love the process photos! This is going to be an incredible piece and I'm drooling to see it when it's finished!

I'm a huge Tennyson fan and The Lady has always been my favorite poems. I've never thought of trying to use poety/prose as jewelry inspiration, but I will now!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Christine! That's where a lot of my pieces come from...my favorite authors or characters :-)

Cyndi L said...

PS...working on Juliet next...

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