Into double figures! Make number 10. Sounds good until I realise I have 42 left to make.
This make was inspired by a Marni.com necklace that I saw in one of the Sunday supplements. The Marni necklaces are beautiful and follow one of the hottest trends of the moment – ruffles but if you don’t have the cash to splash out then have a go at making one like this.
I used about 2 metres of black ribbon for the pleated section and about 1.5 metres for the ties. The ribbon came off a beautiful box of perfumed goodies that I received for my birthday. The beads (22 taupe coloured and 22 very small black) I took from an old 80s necklace. I also used two jump rings from my jewellery making supplies but they aren’t strictly necessary if you don’t have any to hand.
Starting at one end of the 2m piece of ribbon, start to fold tiny pleats. I creased them by running my thumb nail down the fold and then putting a couple of stitches at the top of the pleat to hold it.
I have to admit this does take a little while to complete. After I had pleated the entire piece, I pressed it very carefully – I was terrified that I’d melt the ribbon!
I then sewed the beads on one by one alternating the larger taupe coloured with the small black ones that act as spacers.
The ribbon I used was already shaped at each end but if yours isn’t then cut each end on the diagonal then hem them raw edge.
Slip each end through a jump ring and stitch in place.