I’m the kind of person who thinks thoroughly about the things she throws away, because you never know how and when the things can become of any use to you. However don’t worry, my house has not yet turned into a rubbish dump and I’m not addicted to rubbish collecting, let’s say that for now I’m only an harmless domestic hamster;) It often happens that it’s a pity to get rid of some things just like that, you can always give them a second life, right?
I was arranging my beads a few days ago and you have to believe me when I say that I can do it every single week and I will always find something new, something which surprises me with its presence. Unfortunately, four days after the whole clean-up enterprise, I usually do not remember in which box I’ve put this or that and I can start arranging everything from the very beginning…..on a side note I’ve noticed that I need some things, therefore it is a high time for new beads shopping:) Anyway, let’s get to the point. It is during the last clean-up that I came across my old embroidery floss, which is very old indeed… I bought it about 13 years ago, when I tried a cross-stitch, however we didn’t get on with each other too well and I didn’t finish my work, but the embroidery floss was left, and as it was a shame to throw it away… I still cannot do it now…. I’ve decided to use it somehow. There were also some leftovers of my spiral string with which I did my previous necklace. Among my things I found a beading wire, which I bought some time ago, because I thought I would make use of it, in the end it lay around untouched until today. Materials – checked! An idea – checked! Let’s go for it! I will show you how to do a quick and easy necklace from nothing. It feels a bit like you want to make something to eat, you open the fridge and there is nothing inside… still, you take what is left and prepare a meal. I had to deal with the same problem here, I had some material leftovers, I couldn’t even choose any colours, I had to manage with the things I had.
WHAT WILL WE NEED:
- leftovers of embroidery floss
- spiral strings or other strings, which you can also bind together
- a beading wire or dividers, I didn’t have the latter ones.
- a chain
- crimps, to finish the necklace
- a clasp (a lobster claw in my case)
- jump rings
- glue – to attach the crimps
- a cutting plier – to cut the wire
- scissors – to cut the embroidery floss
You start by measuring the length of the necklace, mine consists of 3 strings and each of them has different length. I didn’t use any measurement tape, the longest string was about 90 cm, the medium one was about 82 cm and the shortest about 76cm. The ends of the string were secured with glue so that they wouldn’t unravel.
The next step was to twist the embroidery floss round the string, do it tight but not too tightly, the point is to cover our string.
Remember about the end of the embroidery floss, you can glue it to the string and cover it with a wire later on or make a knot, cover it with the wire and cut the rest of the floss, which is sticking out – I chose the second way to do it.
Anyway, whatever you do it will be secured with the beading wire, so you don’t have to worry about it. It is your choice how much wire you will put around each string.
And you continue the same way with the rest of the strings.
At the very end of your project you put all of the 3 strings into the crimps using the glue, then you attach the jump rings, clasp and chains, voilà – our necklace is ready!
I called today’s necklace, a boho necklace as it reminds me of the boho style and in a moment you will see the finished work presented on a model 😉
Below you will find a short version of the tutorial: