begorra! Time to check your wardrobe and your jewelry box for something green to wear on St Patrick's Day on March 17. Better yet, make yourself some shamrock jewelry.
The shamrock is actually a 3-leaf clover of the Trifolium species. The ancient druids in Ireland believed 3 was a mystical number and regarded the plant as sacred. There doesn't appear to be much evidence for the story of how St Patrick referred the three leaves to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit of the Holy Trinity.
The 4 leaf clover shouldn't be confused with the shamrock.The fourth (or even more) leaflet is due to a plant's genetic mutation. It is an uncommon find so it is popularly thought to bring you luck if you found one accidentally. There are estimated to be 10,000 3 leaf clovers to every 1 four leaf clover.
I have included 4 leaf clover designs here because sometimes it is possible to convert to shamrock designs and vice versa.
shamrock boutonniere, corsage or brooch tutorial is from the Martha Stewart Living site. It is made from stiffened fabric. Make several for your Irish friends! via
sparkly shamrock brooch tutorial by A Fanciful Twist. It's quick and easy. Via
If you have any spare green yarn and like a quick project, try Vickie Howell's knitted shamrock brooch tutorial. I like how she bejewels the finished piece!
felt shamrock pin tutorial by the Stitcher Scribbler. Via
Tammy Powley's 4 leaf clover earrings are just lovely if you like wire work. Just omit one leaflet if you want to convert the lower charms to a shamrock rather than a 4 leaf clover.
ow to make this awesome four leaf clover beaded ring.
Jewelrymakingprofessor site has a couple of free videos for Swarovski fans. Her shamrock ring and pendant bead weaving video tutorials are worth checking out.
shamrock pendant tutorial is also on video. Please note this one is free only until March 17!!
his lucky 4 leaf clover wire pendant or charm instructional design from Favecrafts. Consider omitting one of the hearts and doing a bit of wire work to convert this one to a shamrock.
shamrock necklace tutorial.
polymer clay shamrock tutorial if you'd like to form the shamrock yourself.
lucky clover pendant necklace tutorial for those of you who like crafts.
The embed code for sharing is incomplete so I cannot show it here but GeltDesigns has a slide tutorial showing how to make a clover toggle clasp from bead and wire.
Did you know?
Besides Ireland, the only two other places St Patrick's Day is a public holiday is the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador and the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean? That's due to past Irish immigration there.
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