Hydnellum necklace, mushroom earrings

Hydnellum necklace

I finished these pieces just in time for a jewelry exchange among members of our spinners’ and weavers’ guild. To make the necklace, I twisted three “ropes” of a chunky thick-and-thin handspun made of wool I’d dyed with a Hydnellum (H. aurantiacum, I think, but I need to confirm that when those mushrooms are out again this fall). Then I let three of these ropes twist back on themselves, resulting in a thick cable. I bound each end of the ropes with thread, then attached a clasp and mushroom paper beads for a closure. The earrings are also made of mushroom paper beads.

I’m particularly pleased that this soft green is the perfect colour for the person whose name I drew, and I hope she’s pleased with it, too.

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4 thoughts on “Hydnellum necklace, mushroom earrings”

    1. Thanks. I’m not a jewelry maker by nature – way too fiddly – but one week each year I’ll set up my bead kit on the dining table, sit down with a magnifying light, and listen to CBC podcasts while I put beads and wire together. Using the yarn made it a whole lot faster!

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