My Mom's birthday is in September, but I started her birthday gift very early, because I knew this one would take a long time and with having a baby... time is a gift.
My parents will be going to China in the next year. The necklace below is Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) - both the necklace and pendant.
The pendant is the Chinese symbol for Longevity. In China, the butterfly is the symbol of Love. The "caged" beads on the necklace represent the Chinese lanterns.
Usually when I make a necklace that is this difficult of a pattern, I only attempt it once. But I like it so much, I might make one for me as well :)