Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Class: 3 Necklaces - Perfect for Christmas Gifts

You heard it right folks, 3, count them, 3 necklaces



I think we can do it!!!  You can make 3 Christmas presents by the end of the night (or maybe you'll have to keep them for yourself:-) )  Why 3 you ask?  Well because I just couldn't choose just 1, and 2 of the 3 are really quick.  The last one is easy but a little more time consuming.

So what do you need to bring you ask...

Necklace #1 Asymmetrical Leather Bow Necklace 

  • a strip of leather or faux leather 4"x 1" (I bought an old purse at a thrift store for $.50 to cut)
    • make sure it is thin and flexible
  • a strip of leather or faux leather 2"x .5 " (that's .5 as in a half inch)
  • jewelry chain - you can buy jewelry chain, a cheap necklace, or just reuse one you already have
  • a clasp - if you are buying new jewelry chain
  • 2 small and 2 large jump rings (the tutorial creator used 1cm and .5cm jump rings that she found packaged together at Jo Ann Fabrics but I don't think the exact size really matters)
    • read package carefully to make sure they are jump rings.  i bought the wrong kind and was about to chuck the necklace out the window mid-project :)
  • jewelry pliers (you can find inexpensive sets at most craft stores - hers were $10 for five pliers of different styles, and she used a 50% off coupon) or needle-nose pliers & wire cutters together will probably work
  • hot glue gun (not everyone will need to bring one, but if you can bring one, please let me know so I'll know how many we will have)
  • a large-ish needle
Necklace #2 Lace Necklace


  • gold necklace chain - jewelry chain, cheap necklace, or reuse one you already have
  • a clasp - if buying new jewelry chain
  • 9" piece of lace - vintage lace would be so pretty if you have some ( I ended up trimming my lace to 6" once I held it up to my neck- feel free to do the same to whatever size you want)
    • I have some if you'd just like to use mine
  • gold thread
    • I will provide unless you'd like to bring your own
  • hand-sewing needle
  • I will be providing the metallic gold spray paint, but you are welcome to buy your own to do another necklace at home

Necklace #3 Ribbon and Pearls

  • 2 1/2 yards of approx. 7/8" or 1" ribbon (I choose grosgrain)
  • package of pearls or beads (I bought a package of 240 piece 10mm pearls and have made 2 necklaces with maybe enough for a 3rd)
  • thread to match ribbon - (a thicker thread will be most easy to use)
  • hand sewing needle
  • binder clips (optional) makes it a little easier to sew

So take a little break from your machine and get to know your hand-sewing needles better.  We will definitely need some extra desk lamps as we will be making small stitches and working with little pieces.     Head lamps would be awesome for this:-)

As always, please RSVP and let us know which class you will be attending.  Thanks again!


Erica said...

I am going to copy this lace necklace! I love it! Wish I was there to creature with you!

Jenny J said...

coming to the jewelry class! although i did have a really tough choice.

let's see if i can make some "theo" pants later in the month all by myself. now that's talent!

The Dwelley's said...

I am going to this class. Christmas gifts :) can't wait.

Brianne-zam said...

Toria will be joining us!