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Despite Darcy

About this design:

I signed up for a Craftsy class featuring wire, chain and leather... with Candie Cooper. I have lots of those components but don't have enough ideas about how to use them.

One of the lessons was CROCHET! It's been so long... You mean you can crochet with WIRE!!! This really was SO easy and fun. Once you "get it" that each crochet loop will be irregular... then it's okay.

ByTheWay: This design is called "Despite Darcy" because my adorable yet demon-possessed kitten of 5 months decided to "help" by grabbing a mouthful of wire and running with it. You can imagine the knots and the trauma.

Didn't have earwires. :(
Will create a funky bracelet soon. I'll keep you posted.


Red Creek rounds, heishi and pillows. 26 gauge brass wire. Brass filigree rounds and brass lobster clasp from my stash.

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    My LB cart now has lots of tiny gauge wire in multiple colors so I can create more!
    I’m going to put Darcy on the porch once the purple wire comes in… because I have visions of an awesome amethyst crochet neckleace!!!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    how pliable and swingy is the finished product? I have the wire but have not been motivated to start. I think yours is very cool!

    Darcy is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Hi Becky!
    Really pliable. The first strand I crocheted was much looser than the others. They can easily be stretched or “shrinked” to fit. Candie also used basic Beadalon wire which was more flexible.
    I am really curious about Irish waxed linen. I think it will LOOK really cool, but will it “behave” in the crochet process?

  4. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    BTW Darcy is indeed lovable and adorable, but she has nearly destroyed my house and my 2 older and “stable” kitties are still wondering what and who she is!!! Thank God for kittens!!! Thank God we only fall for that prank 1 time!!!

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    They are so cute so we won’t kill them. :)

  6. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Oh what a sweet little kitty. Of course, they aren’t so sweet when they create havoc and mahem. But, they’re still sweet.

    Your picture is a little dark so I can’t really see the stones. What size are they? I can see they vary but… It would seem you need more weighty ones so that they can hang or is the idea to make it look like the stones are floating.

    Sorry for the DUH questions. I’m just not familiar with this type of creativity. I can’t imagine trying to do this with “help” from Darcy. :)

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Great job, Julie, have to learn how to, I’m not sure about waxed linen, but I think that C-Lon would work great. That kitty is just adorable and it has mischief written on it’s face :D

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Great crochet wire working, Julie! Love how it turned out. And Darcy looks like a sneaky little devil, but so cute too!

  9. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh my goodness, Darcy does look like a little devil! But such a cute one! What a darling little face! LOVE the necklace! It looks so light and airy! Don’t think waxed linen would work well with a crochet type stitch as it tends to stick to itself rather easily. Plus, what you’ve done with the wire looks fabulous!
    Btw, one of my older, “stable” kitties grabbed a paw full of wire tonight and created havoc. Then he sat in my bead tray and walked away with half of my beads stuck to his rear. It’s not just the little ones…

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Gail, You are right. There is potential danger from everywhere. Thank goodness I have a porch and the FL weather allows me to “banish” the kitties there… :)

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Nancy, Yes, the idea is that the beads rather float on the wire. The round are 6mm and the pillows are probably 6x8mm. Rather small beads but they look good all grouped together. It’s the color mixture that I was focusing on for this piece. Very earthy. The brass wire looks really nice with the beads.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh my Darcy!! Such a cutie. She looks so much like my former cat Mikie..found her in my friend’s front yard…tiny, cold, wet, crying. Wildest cat I ever had. This was back when phones had cords and she literally jumped rope every time I was on it. I’m seriously thinking all cats of that coloring are a little crazy!!
    Love the necklace. It does look very light and airy. As far as cord…S-lon & C-lon are what is used by most of the people you see selling bead crochet jewelry on Etsy use. I’ve seen pieces done in tight crochet and then some some in a looser crochet like your necklace. I giess it.dependa on needle size.

  13. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Thanks Julie. Now I understand. Can’t wait to see more of this type of thing. Would pearls be appropriate? They tend to have very small holes but the glass pearls might work. But FW would be prettier and love to see this technique done with small keishi pearls. Oh yes, you mentioned amethyst color – look forward to that.

  14. franny
    franny says:

    delightful Darcy & necklace & conversation – enjoying all – saw something similar with mixture of brightly coloured small gems & black waxed thread but it may have been knotted….I like this lacy look, Julie!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I’ve seen Candie and another woman do bead crochet with wire on the PBS show “Beads, Baubles, & Jewels”. I have tired it with wire, but got frustrated pretty fast. LOL You did a wonderful job!

  16. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Very cool design, Julie! Can’t wait to see more. Darcy is too cute!

  17. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Love the necklace and admire you for your patience with Darcy – - she is so totally adorable, though, it would be really hard to stay mad at her for more than a minute !

  18. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    What a fantastic idea! It turned out beautifully! Love the colors as well! Great design! I agree, Darcy is absolutely adorable! She has spunk! lol I had a cat(she looked exactly like Darcy) when I was younger that would sit on my book when I was trying to do homework or slap my pencil out of my hand while writing! Those are the ones you remember! ;)

  19. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the necklace! Your crochet work is a lot more tidy than mine. You came to it knowing how to crochet….I didn’t have a clue. I more or less learned how to crochet wire from a video on another website.

    Adorable Darcy is a tortoise-shell and they can be little stinkers just like calicoes who tend to be bossy stinkers! I’ve had both kinds so I speak from personal experience. My calico never did become a “stable” cat she was a wild child up to the end! My tortie was named “Pepperoni” and the calico was “Rosebud”. After she got a bit too chunky her name became “Rose-pudge” or “Pudge” for short. :D

  20. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Great work, Julie!
    Cutie kittie! Is Darcy named after a famous British actor…??

  21. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I am using S-lon for something else right now and I bet that would be perfect for crochet!!

  22. Laud
    Laud says:

    I don’t know crocheting, but the Irish linen works fine for tatting, which is just another form of knotted line. I’m really impressed by your work–looks like chain.

  23. Laud
    Laud says:

    Oh, and Darcy looks just a wee bit worried. (Adorable kitten!)

  24. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Julie, Here’s a pic of the cat with the beaded rear end. The caption should be “What? I didn’t do anything. That stuff was already ON the floor”


  25. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Not sure why its upside down though…

  26. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Gail, Darcy is just as bad. But she’s still so tiny (less than 5 pounds) that she can fit nearly anywhere. She tends to blame all her problems on Heidi and Hannah…

  27. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Nancy, YES!!! Pearls would be great with this. In fact she had a triple strand of pearls that she crocheted with fine monofiliment. So the thread was invisible and the pearls just floated. Perfect for bridal or prom.

  28. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I really like the “floating” effect you’ve created with this technique. I’ve seen these and have always wanted to try, but even though I crochet, it seems so intimidating to do it with wire. I look forward to seeing more of yours!

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