A couple of days ago I showed my first attempt at the St. Petersburg Chain Stitch, and I got really inspired…. Learning something new is sometimes exactly what the doctor ordered when I’m stuck and uninspired :-)… I had to unpick a row of what I had already beadwoven… I was originally making a triple St. Petersburg chain stitch, but once I made the centrepiece for the necklace, it just didn’t seem to work with it…. so I unpicked one of the rows leaving me with a double chain stitch, which works much better.
I bead-embroidered, bead-weaved and embellished the vintage emerald square Swarovski cabochons with lot and lots of Swarovski crystals in shades of turquoise/green and emerald. I used 3 different sizes to create a more 3-dimensional piece, in comparison to my usual more flat bead-embroidery and am so, so happy with how it came out!!!! :-) I love the colours, the sparkle, the shape, the feel but most of all I love how it looks on the body!!!
The St.Petersburg stitch was such a pleasure to learn and to execute that I’m sure I will be using a lot more of it in the near future… my next design will probably be a bracelet made using this technique… simply fun!!!! :-) In the meantime… here is what I created with my first St. Petersburg Chain Stitch – Emerald Queen: