This was the Big Secrete Project!
From the moment I saw the dress at the first fitting I Knew she needed a shawl to go with it and "I" was just the person to knit it! The dress is called "Mermaid" style but I am old enough to think "Mae West." Those women always had some type of stole to remind them to keep the shoulders up and elbows back.
Then I got to thinking about what I wanted it to mean, and what I really wanted to give her. The wedding dress she would never wear again, but I wanted to be something she could wear again and still have special meaning. I choose a segment of pattern stitch from the "Simurgh" pattern because the shaped of the scallops went perfectly with the lace on the dress. It's a start in the center and work to the end pattern. As I worked I thought about adding beads to the edges "of Course".
I had boxes of Antique beads from her Grandmother and Great Grandmothers who use to knit fine beaded purses in the 1920's. We ended up with a stole that was a gift from her generations past with new crystals added by me.There was Old, New, and a Borrowed Blue bead from another project hidden in one corner. It is something she will always be able to wear.
I gave it to her the morning of her wedding BEFORE makeup! She was so surprised and happy.