- Scallop Stitch
Dimensions: 25″ long (with 3.5″ tassel), 0.5″ wide
Skill level: Novice to Intermediate
In early and classical Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth, social standing, and prestige. They were worn only by members of the higher echelons of society. Often used as ornaments, they bedecked Roman triumphal processions. Pliny records that in 61 BC at the triumphal procession of Pompey, there were 33 crowns of pearls and numerous pearl ornaments. The emperor Caligula loved pearls so much that he decorated his favorite horse with a pearl necklace and wore slippers embroidered with pearls.
This piece is named after the dignified and lovely Roman citizen, Pomponia Graecina, in the historical novel Quo Vadis, who adopted a little girl and loved her like her own daughter into adulthood. The knitted bond of love between them is a very touching picture of grace. With this in mind, the necklace was designed to be a graceful representation of ornamentation of that day but with a modern twist.
The necklace is a thick band of pearls resembling a ribbon. The scalloped edging is created using a scallop stitch the entire length of the band. The tassel in Pomponia’s Pearls has a three dimensional finial with two layers so that the pearl embellishments flair out slightly creating a skirt and a modulating shape to provide visual interest. The long pearl fringing is graduated in sizes which provides visual balance to enhance the aesthetics, and is anchored and hidden inside the tassel. The clasp uses the same pearls to create the toggle with a T-bar that joins in a loop to close the necklace.