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!

Leather Agate Necklace DIY

A few days ago I had to go through my forgotten jewelry stash for a photoshoot. I realized that most of the necklaces I have aren't my style anymore. What's a poor girl to do? Seeing as I have accumulated a stash of jewelry supplies since I was 12 years old (thanks for indulging me all those years, mom!) I decided to make something new.

I have been spending way too much time on Etsy lately and stumbled upon the wealth of jewelry supplies section! Almost everything for this necklace was purchased on Etsy - here's the list so you can check out the shops:

Deer lace: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221417856

Beading Thread: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221424161

Pink Shell Beads: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221424403

Sliced Agate Druzy: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/221429421

Cotton Yarn: As a weaver... I have too much of this lying around.

I wanted a piece that was different and could be used in layering. I have loved wrapping all sorts of jewelry in cotton yarn lately - it makes every piece feel more organic and handmade to me so I tried to incorporate this technique into the necklace.

1. String the length of the necklace in pink shell beads.

2. Slip knot the deer lace through the druzy.

3. Use wire to wrap the deer lace around the pink shell beads and hold together.

4. Cover the wire by wrapping the length of the leather in cotton yarn.

Jewelry DIY: Leather-Wrapped Quartz Necklace

Before I began weaving or picked up graphic design I have always been drawn to jewelry-making. Friendship bracelets were my specialty - I even taught my entire 8th grade class how to knot bracelets for a fund raising event (boys included). I have been so busy lately that I've forgotten how much I love creating wearable pieces, but working in a fashion boutique surrounded by beautiful jewelry has reminded me how much accessories showcase your true style. Most of the tutorials I share are impossible to recreate exactly but that is what I love! I like to share a skill while leaving enough room to incorporate your own style.

1. Cut 3 foot long pieces of deer lace and braid them together. Crimp one end and use wire to tie off the other end, leaving some extra wire to attach the quartz piece.

2. Wrap the wire through the quartz and around the crimped end of the braid. Then use another piece of deer lace to hide the two ends of the braid, and decorate the top of the quartz. Tie them off.

3. Cut the braid in half so that there is an even amount of braid extending from either side of the quartz. Wrap wire around both of these ends to secure them and leave a loop at the top to attach onto a chain.

4. Attach the chain onto the ends of the two braids. Optional: use string to wrap around the exposed wire at the top of each braid.