Woven Necklaces

Hoarding beads runs through my veins. I've always loved making jewelry! Even in the midst of filling weaving orders and warping looms, my fingers itch to sift through my bead collection to make some wearable art. 

A couple months ago, I began to expand my search for new textile materials to use in my weaves. I love knowing that the story of my art extends beyond my own designs. It feels amazing to use vintage, world-sourced materials in a new way because they always come with their own history and personality! While sourcing materials and talking to collectors, I found myself picking out small charms and baubles as well.  Without realizing it, I began to combine my love for fiber and jewelry at the same time and now I wear these pieces all the time!

 The greatest thing about these handwoven/handbeaded necklaces is that each one is incredibly unique. I wouldn't be able to recreate one if I tried! The foundation is woven from my collection of favorite yarns. Hand-dyed wool and cotton remnants that I don't have enough of to use in my larger wall hangings. Ontop of each weave I carefully selected a combination of beads, gems, charms and sequins from around the world.

Necklaces include agates and druzies, Native American buffalo bone, Greek ceramics, vintage Venetian glass, Turkmen metals, Moroccan sequins, Ethiopian telsum, Egyptian assuit and Czech copper, among others. Sourcing new pieces has become another one of my favorite hobbies!

The three pieces above are now available in my shop. Each is backed with leather cowhide for durability and tied on a soft suede lace.

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 Visit my shop to read the story of each necklace. Whenever I wear one of them I always get questions and enjoy sharing the story of each bead that is featured!

Gilded Geode Necklace

My latest stop in Hobby Lobby led me down a very distracted path towards the jewelry aisle. I loved the geodes and face stone charms that they had but I didn't love the fake gold on the outside. It was super orange and cheap. I almost left without them but I had a tiny epiphany and now I love them.06

This tutorial is obnoxiously simple, so bear with me. Even if it is just as a reminder that you can turn tacky things into something pretty!

Materials

  • Cheap Gilded Geode
  • Gold Leaf
  • Glue
  • Brush
  • Jewelry Chain

Here is the tutorial in two steps. 1. Brush glue on the places of the stones that are already gilded. 2. Use a brush to dab gold leaf onto the glue and let dry.

You can see the before and after on the stone above. On the left is the plastic-looking gold but I have attached new gold leaf on the right edge. I think it adds an extra touch of elegance and turns a cheap geode into one the looks specially handcrafted!

DIY Leather Rings


Sometimes I like to dream about my alternate self - on a beach with great hair and long fingers. My early years as a piano student included my teacher saying 'you really need to streeeetch to get that last chord... yep, keep stretching... well, okay, I guess we'll find a different song.' My early years also included me working as an elementary school para-pro and losing hand-measuring contests with fourth graders during recess.
One thing I have realized is that small hands do not equal small fingers, so my little sausages work great at holding rings on! 
Materials
  • 3" Leather Strip
  • Ring
  • 2 Metal Jewelry Clamps
  • Pliers
First, use your pliers to clamp one end of the leather onto the ring.
Wrap the leather around the ring as far as you want. I went about 1/3 of the way.
Finally, clamp the end of the leather to the ring and trim the excess leather. Easy, right?
Make a stack of these rings with different colors or try exposing the different sides of the leather. I love these rings because they are super easy and can look edgy or elegant, depending on the day.