Fabric and Fiber Necklace

Fabric and Fiber Fun Necklace
Erin Siegel
Try adding some fiber fun to your jewelry-making this Summer season! You can set off a handmade bead or component with soft materials, like in this necklace.
6 Fabric covered 20mm
beads in assorted colors
3 Cotton cord
covered 20mm beads in pink and white
1 Crimson glass link
1 Pink 40” hand-dyed silk
2 Antiqued brass 19mm ribbon
1 Vintaj 35x11mm hook
and eye clasp
2 ½” of cameo dupioni silk
Chain nose pliers
Painter’s tape (optional)
Nylon jaw pliers (optional)
Big eye beading needle
Fabric glue
Finished Size: 20”
Tip: If you don’t have nylon
jaw pliers, try wrapping painter’s tape around the jaws of your chain nose pliers to
prevent marring the ribbon end findings.
1: Cut the ribbon 2” from the
end. *Apply glue along the cut edge, fold the ribbon over ¼” and let dry. Apply
glue to the inside of one ribbon end. Insert the folded ribbon into the ribbon
end and squeeze the finding closed with nylon jaw pliers. Let dry. Use chain
nose pliers to open one loop of the clasp. String on the loop of the ribbon end
and close the loop of the clasp like you would a jump ring.*
2: Tie an overhand knot 4”
from the ribbon end. Thread the opposite end of the ribbon through the big eye
of the beading needle. String 3 fabric beads, tying an overhand knot after each
bead. Then, alternate between cord covered and fabric covered beads for the
next 6 beads, ending with a fabric covered bead.
3: Tie an overhand knot
around one side of the glass link. Tie an overhand knot around the opposite
side of the link. Tie another overhand knot against the previous knot.
4: Cut the ribbon 4 ½” from
the last knot. Repeat step 1 from * to *.
5: Place the piece of dupioni
silk between the glass link and the last fabric covered bead and tie it on with
an overhand knot. Apply glue to the knot and let dry. Trim ends to 1” and fray.
Pink silk ribbon: Marsha NealStudio. Fabric and cord covered beads: Wholeport.com. Glass link: Cindy Gimbrone.
Ribbon ends: Patina Queen. Vintaj clasp: Bello Modo. Dupioni silk: Ornamentea.

Erin Siegel is a jewelry designer, beading instructor and co-author of the jewelry book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords. To find out more, visit her blog, Erin Siegel Jewelry

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3 Comment

  1. Tania Tebbit
    June 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Great project for all those fabric scraps – I have a bit of a collection of Japanese fabric squares that would be perfect for this style of necklace – thanks for the sharing.

  2. Monique U.
    June 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Erin, this project is close to my heart! While I have only started dabbling in jewelry design, fabric and I go back a LONG way (to my childhood in the '60s). This brings to mind the headbands we used to weave. Thanks for the colourful inspiration!
    A Canadian fan.

  3. Jewels By Ine
    June 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I love this one! so cool! I will try this!

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