Marie Antoinette Necklace

Marie Antoinette Necklace worked in Hubble stitch with tiny Swarovski rivolis, bicones and freshwater seed pearls.

Marie Antoinette Necklace

Summer 2015 – I sailed with Steve from North East Portugal to Denia in Spain and took every opportunity to bead. We had fabulous weather – blue skies, glittering waves – it was tranquil and, well, heaven. I took my stash of chatons with me, as I’ve wanted to do something with them for a long time. I had this golden opportunity to explore Hubble stitch with them and, my goodness, I did! By the time we were passing the Algarve, I had filled a little box with my Hubbled chaton samples, and I started to realise some were my favourites. I made a series of them and then had to work out an interesting and original way to connect them all together. The answer was to Hubble it! In fact I worked in nothing but Hubble stitch the entire journey. So I created this pretty Hubbled chain incorporating tiny seed pearls and 3mm bicones. The name Marie Antoinette flashed into my head and kinda stuck, and I imagined the French Queen in a beautiful silk dress with tight bodice and soft, pink, voluminous decolletage, fabulously bouffant hair woven together with ostrich feathers, and this delicate little necklace adorning her neck.