Years ago I found a vintage necklace hand-woven from faux pearls in the shape of a necktie at an estate sale. I had never seen anything like it and of course I was curious to figure out how it had been made.
The vintage thread that the necktie was made with had started to break and some of the beads had fallen off. It was too fragile to be worn so I didn’t feel too bad about taking the necklace apart. It was a complicated little piece but I managed to figure out how to recreate the necktie shaping. I have since found purses and other shaped necklaces made in a similar fashion and I would like to create more patterns in this style. It is time-consuming and I wouldn’t exactly call it easy but you can make these ties yourself. I have found a few vintage pearl ties since that very first one but usually they are damaged or smelly or the old thread is rotting away.
I have made a few finished necklaces for sale in my Etsy store but if you want to try your hand at making one for yourself I have finally written down my complete DIY pattern. It was almost harder to write down the pattern than it is to make them, it took a few years and a lot of pearls to get it all figured out. I also drew illustrations to go along with the instructions and I think it is fairly easy to follow the steps but I would say that this pattern is for those who don’t mind a challenge.
I found the perfect thread to make these ties after a lot of trial and error. Some thread was too thick and some broke too easily. But this Coats and Clarke is the perfect balance of strength and fineness. In order to weave in the pearls you need to sew through each pearl around 3 times so the thread needs to be strong and fine and the needle needs to have the smallest head possible.
And you need a lot of faux pearls, around 500, for one necklace. You definitely want to use a nice glass bead and not a cheap plastic one. The necktie needs to have a bit of weight to it so that it hangs well and the shine on a glass pearl is so much nicer. I use a 6mm pearl to get the size tie that I make and it looks like the original vintage one.
If you want to try the pattern you can buy it here and let me know how your tie turns out.
I’m releasing two new hat patterns this summer from my most popular hat designs. Now you can make these great hats for yourself.
This rain hat is perfect rainy days and fun to make. It even comes with instructions for little storage case so you can take it with you instead of bringing a bulky umbrella.
This pattern was first published in the book Hat Shop by Design Collective. You can get a PDF version here
And one of my favorite summer hats that perfectly covers up my frizzy humidity hair is a classic cotton turban in colorful fabric. This is easy to make and a breeze to wear.
I have several in gingham because I love the look, but they look great in florals, plaids and solid colors as well.
Make your own turban from 1 yard of quilting cotton, gauze or linen.
You can get the PDF downloadable pattern here
I made this little collage right before the Holidays and used it as the image for some postcards and tags for the holiday craft show I did. I also added part of it to my Etsy store as a new banner.
This is my little set up at the craft show.
My daughter and I love The Walking Dead and one of our favorites Quotes from Rick is “…I’m doin’ stuff Lori, (long pause) and things”. So with that in mind, I made some jars to hold your precious “stuff and things”.
And these are the Lost Souls rescued from obscurity and ready to be taken home.
I love making little things for a craft show every once in a while, it gives me a chance to just play and have fun.
This year I will have my little hand crafts that I can’t help making available at the Yuletide craft show at 1305 Gallery on Main Street. Show starts on Final Friday, which also happens to be black Friday this year, and runs through the end of December.
I’ve been having so much fun working on my latest yarny project. Most of you know I’m undercover on these projects but I really needed to share these because I think they turned out so great…
I have no idea how long they actually took to make. I worked on them in the evenings while watching 3 different versions of Tess of the Dubervilles among other long, slow period pieces.
The pink one is for a semi-secret mission and the blue one is for my daughter’s 14th birthday. We took down the horrible ceiling fan in her room and wired this up in its place and it works!
I might be out of my mind, but I’m thinking of making more!
I have finally written out my instructions for the crochet turban that I have been making for several years. It was inspired by this great vintage pattern that I found in a box of old sewing things that was left behind in the first house I bought.
It was such a beautiful and simple pattern that I had to give it a try. I experimented with it until I got the pattern exactly how I wanted it with the inexpensive modern yarns I could buy at the craft store. I love to crochet but I am hardly a yarn snob. If I only bought the beautiful but expensive yarns from the yarn shop I would never finish anything. Knitting and crochet, for me, is all about the fun and having great accessories that I can wear (until I’m tired of them and pack them up to be rediscovered later) or give to friends and family as gifts, and no one ever complains that the yarn should have cost more.
So, now you can purchase a copy of my crochet turban pattern at my Etsy store and when you do I will include the entire original vintage pattern as well. I’m imagining seeing turbans of every color imaginable all over the place, a turban revolution if you will.
Enjoy! – Jeni
How did I not know about this book sooner?
It was written by a Scadinavian design duo, looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I guess it’s not too early to start knitting for next year!
Just found this great tutorial from Yellow Suitcase Studio on making a patchwork blanket from felted sweaters. I love this idea, looks like it would make a great gift too. This tutorial is really well done with lots of great photos.
I love this tutorial on how to DIY your own Miu Miu wanna be sneakers that I found on Honestly WTF. Hmmm, just might have to try this.
images from HonestlyWTF
Right now I’m making collage rings that can double as pin cushions. I’ve been eyeing ring type pincushions for awhile and found some nice ones, but decided that I wanted one that could also be worn as jewelry. It’s a sweet little (or not so little) way to show my love of yarn, old buttons and bits of vintage fabric. I am planning to do a tutorial of this ring soon but for now here are some process shots of a productive day.
Some crocheted tops all lined up and ready for their buttons.
With bits of vintage fabric and buttons ready to be sewn on.
The final step is sewing on the back.
Getting ready for the next project: tassels….
P.S. I took these photos in the middle of a power outage during a thunder storm, they turned out pretty good considering….