Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Crocheted Feather Pendants

I am in the midst of a personal creative renaissance and it feels so good! It's been some time since I've felt such an overwhelming urge to constantly create, experiment with a variety of processes and mediums and churn out work with abandon. I leave the cube farm at the end of each work day, primed to make stuff! As such, I've been immersed in my usual foray of fibrous activities: crocheting; knitting; weaving; spinning and playing around with the dye pot. In addition, I have also begun to dabble in photography as well as paint and make sculpture again (my art group is back together working on a large project and I'm loving the energy I have for the endeavor). At any rate, each evening I flit around my work space from project to project making progress on parts and pieces before heading to bed with a sense of satisfaction and last night was no exception. I bring you my latest little experiment...

I crocheted these lovely little feathers (about 3" in length) in a variety of size 8 perle cotton colorways (more in the works) and a US size 6 steel hook. After completion, I stiffened each feather with commercial fabric stiffener found at the local craft store (not sure that I love this stuff, but I am working on thinning it down so it's not so "Tacky Glue-y"). Any advice that you all may have regarding this type of product is definitely welcome! Finally, I attached jump rings to the tops of each feather and strung each one on a ready-made pendant. Voila! A pendant that I can create in a matter of hours!

These are so dramatic when worn. I just love that they are simple pendants that make a statement. Here's a larger view of the "sparrow" colored feather (thread procured from Sarah's Colorwave Yarns)...

And the "cardinal" feather (thread for cardinal and amazon feathers was procured from Artfabrik)...

And finally, the "amazon" feather...

Now, I off to take my lunch break in order to crochet more of these in the SoCal sunshine!


  1. LOVE this idea! So, it looks like it's just chains, looped back into the "spine" of the feather! Brilliant design!

  2. Awesome! Very beautiful and lovely colors. Great to see your creativity again.

  3. Thanks ladies! It's just a bunch of chains and slip stitches. Totally easy (not so much on the eyes...I'm getting old)!

    1. Is this pattern available anywhere? They are just BEAUTIFUL!

  4. I've been reading through your blogs today. I too went through a divorce and lost my house, etc. yada yada in 2009. I love your resilience and all the color and fun you surround yourself with. Looking forward to watching this new blog. My crafts have saved me in many ways, and I've been enjoying blogging about it lately. Anyhoo, love your feather pendants!

  5. Thank you! Thank you! Just finished a crocheted tam and wanted to make a feather as a finishing touch. I made one myself similar to yours, but I chained out and slip stitched back. It is quite acceptable, but looks more like a pine sprig. I "googled" crocheted feather and there you were.
    This is a great idea and I hope you don't mind my copying for my own use. Thanks............Liz ps: I know what you mean about the old eyes. I have a stronger pair of reading glasses I use for crocheting.

  6. these are absolutely gorgeous! would you be willing to share the pattern?

  7. Try using liquid starch, no diluting.

  8. Hi Everybody, with Regina's written permission I have written the pattern of her feather necklace. You can find it Ravelry.