Okay, so a few weeks ago I was
wasting time doing some research and googled Anthropolgie ~ the store, of course. I sometimes just like to drool over their jewelry. And their shoes. And their clothes. And their, well, you get the picture. Anyway, I came across a necklace that I thought was just beautiful ~ romantic, feminine and retro in a boho chic sort of way. I downloaded a picture or two of the necklace for my "archives" (better known as Somewhere-On-My-Computer-Hopefully-I'll-Find-It-Later-When-I-Need-It archives). And there it sat. Oh, I thought about making one for myself, numerous times, even. But it never got done. Sigh.
Don't you just love this?
Now I'm kicking myself because I've seen two (count 'em, two!) knock-off posts for the same necklace elsewhere over the past two weeks. So THAT was the kick that I needed to finally make my own.
It's really quite easy. All you need are a few crocheted doilies, a necklace chain, 3-5 7mm jump rings, two flat nosed pliers, a needle and thread, some tulle and perhaps some glue and a few embellishments if you prefer. I chose to use a vintage pearl cluster earring as my embellishment.
These are the doilies I had on hand. All but the one on the left are vintage, scored at a church barn sale last summer. Guess where the one on the left is from?
It's actually from the Dollar Store! Right now my local Dollar Store carries these in two sizes. They also come in white or ecru. I didn't end up using one for this necklace because it was a bit thicker than the other doilies and I wanted some consistency there, but I do believe that they would work just as well for this project.
I began by placing the medium sized doily inside the larger one, about 3/4 of the way down.
Then I folded them both over together toward me.
Then I played around with where I wanted the smallest doily to go. I then ran the chain in between the inner folds to see how it would look before committing to securing it onto both doilies with jump rings. Just make sure the chain is centered, and attach it right in the middle with one jump ring. Again, make sure to secure it through both layers of doily. I used 5 jump rings in all, spread out over the length of the folded doilies.
I also added a touch of tulle by sewing strips to the back of the necklace. I believe it was about 8 strips of varying widths and lengths. (I tried to get a decent picture of the tulle strips before sewing them on but, no go. Sorry!) And lastly, I managed to sew the vintage pearl earring onto the front. I just snipped off the metal clip-on part with wire cutters, and laced the needle and thread through the openings between the pearls, and then down and around the earring itself in order to sew it onto both doilies.
I'm pretty happy with the result. How about you? Let me know what you think and how it goes if you try to make one for your very own. It might just be the perfect Easter outfit fashion accessory you've been waiting for.
Have a great week!
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