One day, while flipping through a book of vintage crochet patterns, I found the solution to my short attention-span: I could make lace trim for my clothing! Oh, but then I'd have to sew it all on and measure it and stuff. Hmm. But I could make a necklace out of it. Yeah! And I can play with beads! And! And! And!
So the lace trim necklace was born. Attention deficit + vintage patterns = a good time. Since then, I have made several necklaces and bracelets for friends, and one for myself that matches most of the things in my closet.
The necklaces can be as complicated or as straightforward as you like. Want to finish in an afternoon? Skip the beads and focus on a nice thread color. Want something to make a simple outfit look more elegant? Add some shine with seed beads. Want a necklace that costs less than 10 bucks? You got it.
I have several sources of inspiration: a book of really smashing trim patterns, a lovely skein of hand-painted yarn screaming to be shown off, an outfit in need of the perfect accessory, or just thoughts of a friend and the colors they love.
Once you are inspired, then you have to think about the other variables: Do I want to add beads? Do I want something light and airy, or a more substantial fabric? Do I have all the materials needed?
After you have chosen a pattern and have your materials ready, you should make a test piece just to see what the pattern is like. I usually live on the edge (oh, the trim puns!) and start right in with the yarn, clasps and beads and all. Kind of like Luke using the Force. I would not recommend this course of action if you don’t like ripping out all your stitches a few times. A test piece will give you a much more concrete understanding of the pattern’s structure. You could even turn this test piece into a bracelet!
If you have never crocheted with beads before, this is a nice small project to learn the skill. Check out a previous Crochet Me article for specific directions on how to crochet with beads. Be forewarned: stringing the beads is a pain, and crocheting with them is a juggling act. Don’t expect the Zen-like calm you may normally experience while crocheting. Your necklace will look so great when you’re done, though, and it doesn’t take long to get used to the beading stitches.
The two pieces pictured use the very same lace pattern, give or take a few single crochets. One is a hand-painted wool with opaque carnival beads, the other is a mohair/silk with mixed translucent beads.
I am not able to view your pictures. Can you help?
Thanks - MMM
I don't see any pictures, either. Will try this out the next time i'm wanting to play!
I liked your idea of being creative, after all that is one most mommy should always be, that brings out their talent within. Your unique idea can even more inspired you to your greatest aspiration. I am into knitting during my day-off or after I work as sales clerk at cruel intentions necklace store, and for sure in the future I will come up with the same concept.
I don't see pictures either.