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A Berry Silk Necklace

I was inspired by an old costume necklace my daughter was given. I was able to reuse the wooden beads from that necklace and make a new fashionable necklace instead. I came across the silk fabric scrap while I was rummaging through my sister’s craft supplies…I snatched it up so quick, I don’t think she even noticed!

The necklace is so simple and so much fun to make! The colour combinations just happened to work out perfectly!




WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • x7 natural unfinished wooden beads –1x 30mm; 2x 25mm bead, 2x 15mm, 2x 10mm
  • x6 wooden beads or wood balls – 4x 15mm, 2x 10mm
  • 48” long piece of scrap fabric at least 3” wide – preferably silk or a similar lightweight fabric
  • 1 cup blueberries (for dyeing wooden beads)
  • 1 cup salt (for colour fixative)
  • Large and Small cooking pot
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare beads for necklace:

Prepare Dye:  Add 1 cup of blueberries to cooking pot.  Add  double the amount of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for one hour. Strain.

Colour Fixative: To get beads ready for dyeing, you will need to soak beads in a color fixative before dyeing. Colour fixative consists of ⅛  cup salt to 2 cups cold water. Add beads to fixative and simmer for one hour. Rinse the beads in cold water before adding to dye bath.

Dye Bath: Place wet beads in dye bath. Simmer together until desired color is obtained.  I simmered my beads for one hour and than left the beads to soak overnight. I found the beads would float to top so in order to keep them submerged, I covered them with a old cotton fabric scrap. Note: the actual colour will be lighter when its dry.

Prepare Silk fabric for necklace

Cut fabric scrap into long rectangular strip: 3” wide x 48” long.  Fold fabric strip in half and sew along edge with 1/2” seam allowance.  Turn stitched fabric strip inside out (use a safety pin to help feed fabric inside out). Now fabric tube is ready to be assembled into a necklace.

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