PENDANT WITH “PIROT KILIM” MOTIF W/INSTRUCTIONS
>>> Before proceeding with instructions, just a few introductory notes about Pirot Kilim. I'll make it short this time, because the post is going to be a long one, anyway. I feel sorry that we here don't realize that world is going crazy about this type of rugs/kilims and don't push it harder to promote a variant, typical for this part of the world. Pirot is a little town in southern Serbia, with a long tradition in weaving. Color combinations are beautiful, motifs are influenced partially by Turkish textiles from the time of Ottoman Empire, and there are some motifs that are genuine to this part of the world and that existed before the Ottoman Empire. The technique of weaving is though quite unique and extremely time consuming, but kilim is the same from both sides, there are no knots between the color sections, no visible yarn ends. Original Pirot Kilims, made in certified weaving workshops, are of exquisite quality.
On the picture below is a sample card from the beginning of the 20th century, that belonged to one of those workshops and used to help the clients deciding which carpet they want. Incorporating these motifs into modern jewelry, textile or even architecture, is one way to keep them alive.
|Vintage sample card, with motifs;|
>>> Bellow is the drawing for a pendant inspired by one of those motifs, but if you make it with larger beads, it can be a wall decoration, too, or something else.
|The drawing of a pendat;|
>>> The pendant is divided into three sections: the top one, the middle one, with a motif and the bottom one, with fringes. Here are drawings, followed by written instructions. You can always zoom them in case you are not sure about something written in instructions. Please, bear in mind that English is not my native language :), if something sounds weird, you know why!
|Technical drawing of the top section;|
|Technical drawing of a middle section, with a motif;|
Technical drawing of a bottom section, with fringes;
NOTE: make sure to follow the written instructions,
because here I made some minor mistakes :) However,
use it to see how to distribute the fringes;
>>> Here are the instructions:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEADING: PENDANT WITH “PIROT KILIM” MOTIF
It is up to you to decide which technique to use: bead loom weaving, or needle work. However, fringes need to be sewn. Use a very thin, long needle, as well as thread (it’s best to use nylon thread) because, in order to secure and hide thread ends you will need to go through beads in and out, sometimes more than once. Use the smallest size Delica beads, because, this pendant is going to be huge, even with them. Use this chart as an example, but you can always decide yourself about the colors. An estimate of total beads for this project would be around 5000 beads J! You can plan to buy appx. some 2750 of Brown beads, 1320 of Green ones and 960 of Pink. Add some extra for each color, in case there are irregular or broken beads. Plus, you will need 11 bigger size beads for fringes ends, in green color. You can now start beading, as follows:
1st ROW (BROWN) 8 beads
2nd ~ 10 ~
3rd ~ 12 ~
4th ~ 14 ~
5th ~ 16 ~
6th ~ 18 ~
7th ~ 20 ~
8th ~ 22 ~
9th ~ 24 ~
10th ~ 26 ~
11th ~ 28 ~
12th ~ 30 ~
13th ~ 32 ~
14th ~ 34 ~
15th ~ 36 ~
16th ~ 38 ~
17th ~ 40 ~
18th ~ 42 ~
19th ~ 44 ~
20th ~ 46 ~
21st ~ 48 ~
22nd ~ 50 ~
23rd ~ 52 ~
24th ~ 54 ~
25th ~ 56 ~
26th ~ 58 ~
27th ~ 60 ~
28th ~ 60 ~
6-1-48-1-6 HALF OF THE MOTIF
THE OTHER HALF OF THE MOTIF
(in a mirror like order)
END OF THE MOTIF AND BEGINNING OF BEAD FRINGES. There are eleven fringes. Zoom the photo with the fringes section to be able to see how to distibute them. End each fringe with one larger green bead. Here’s the color way:
1st and 11th fringe =>
From first to 14th row sew 2 brown beads in each row. From 15th to 28th row sew 2 pink beads in each row. End with 1 larger, green bead.
2nd and 10th fringe =>
Extend each color section for 4 rows, for a total of 18 rows with 2 brown beads and 18 rows with 2 pink beads.
3rd and 9th fringe =>
Extend each color section for another 4 rows, making a total of 22 rows with 2 brown beads, followed by 22 rows with 2 pink beads.
4th and 8th fringe =>
Extend each color section for another 4 rows, making a total of 26 rows with 2 brown beads, followed by 26 rows with 2 pink beads.
5th and 7th fringe =>
Extend each color section for another 4 rows, making a total of 30 rows with 2 brown beads, followed by 30 rows with 2 pink beads.
6th fringe (the middle one) =>
The last one fringe consists of 34 rows with 2 brown beads and 34 rows with 2 pink beads.
Don’t forget to end each fringe with one larger, green beads.
Note: this pendant is going to be really huge, depending of bead size, proportions may be, at least, 6(8) X18(20) cm. In case you want the pendant to be supported with round circle Torque, as it needs to be pulled through, plan to add additional 8-10 rows at the beginning of the pendant, to be able to fold it back and make a tube. You also may add additional, for example, gem beads instead of a classic chain, it’s really up to you. Finally, use the pattern to alternate it according to your own needs.
Have a great beading J!