Darlene’s Thread: How to Make a Silk and Bead Necklace, Work with Chenille Like a Pro
Happy New Year!
This is my favorite time of year when we all feel as though we have a new beginning. There’s nothing like starting a new sewing project to get the creative juices flowing. There’s nothing like starting a new workout routine to improve your health and well-being and there’s nothing like inviting a new pet or child to share your life! There’s always time to experience new beginnings when we set aside time for them. Sewing old and new is one of my favorite activities to spend time on!
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Once you begin your sewing adventure you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is to make something with your hands or how creative you’ll feel transforming flat fabrics into wearable garments. You may even be surprised at how much you’ll treasure your new sewing machine, your new circle of sewing friends and a fascinating variety of new projects.
Silk and Bead Necklace
I fell in love with a silk and bead necklace in Venice Italy and made one when we returned home. The easy One-Stitch necklace instructions are listed below. You may want to hand paint the silk to take this to the next level, or use crystal spacers instead of beads for a more elegant look. Either way, it’s sure to elicit a compliment or a conversation. You can choose the fabrics and beads to match any ensemble giving you all claims as the artist you are!
1) Fold the silk strip in half lengthwise and sew 1/2″ seam from edge.
2) Turn right side out. Work one Styrofoam ball into the silk tube and push it to the center.
3) Weave the silk tube through one large bead hole on each side of the Styrofoam ball. The pointy tip of an awl will help you push the fibers through the hole. Repeat the process until the entire necklace is beaded.
4) Tie loose ends together or stuff one end inside the other and top stitch or slip stitch for a cleaner finish. Striking!
Have you ever wondered how a ‘furry’ chenille texture embellishment is made? This easy topical decoration adds warmth and personality and can be used on a wide variety of items from bathmats to teddy bears. Making your own chenille has its advantages because you can choose the exact color as well as the length and thickness you want the chenille pile to be. Anyone can do this with a simple straight stitch! Having a chenille attachment foot like the one offered in our January 10th Today’s Special will make adding chenille even easier!
Here’s all you have to do: cut 1/2″ or 3/8″ or 5/8″ bias strips ( I ordered them already cut!)
Lay or layer them in stacks of one, two or three onto your project and stitch down the center.
With a wire brush or stiff bristle (like a nail brush) give the edges a vigorous brushing and watch in amazement as all the little fibers perk up!
Your easy to execute chenille fringe can make a warm and inviting statement on your next project!
Tune in on Monday, January 10th for a very special Singer Today’s Special! Here’s our schedule:
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