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Project

Bead Necklace

Introduction

This craft comes from Julie Pennington Hardee, learn more about Julie and her designs at jphardee.com.

Resources: We used 1-inch solid wood beads (Item No. WD-DP-9103-93) from Sunshine Crafts, sunshinecrafts.com. Julie recommends going to local fabric stories and thrift or vintage stores to find vintage scarves to use as the fabric for the bead necklaces.

Materials

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric of your choice (silk or rayon)
  • Thread
  • Sewing scissors
  • Chalk
  • Yardstick
  • Loop turner
  • 1-inch wooden beads

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use a thin piece of fabric (preferably silk or rayon).

  2. Step 2

    Cut fabric so the length is 55 inches and the width is 5 inches. (If your fabric isn't long enough, piece together two swatches to make the right length.)

  3. Step 3

    Sew the sides of the fabric together to form a tube. Leave ends open.

  4. Step 4

    Take a loop turner and turn tube inside out.

  5. Step 5

    Take a 1-inch wooden bead and slide the bead to center of tube.

  6. Step 6

    Hold the bead tightly to mark center. Tie a tight knot on each side of center bead. Repeat process until you have about 8 beads inside fabric.

  7. Step 7

    Sew ends closed on a sewing machine.

  8. Step 8

    Leave enough fabric on the ends to tie it around your neck (about 11 to 12 inches total).

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2007

Reviews (17)

  • myfbil 9 Mar, 2009

    What a great idea katiefitz! I think the spacer beads would be much nicer than knots.

  • czacza 9 Mar, 2009

    The presenter was adorable. I'm going to do this craft with my elementary school enrichment program beading class!!

  • katiefitz 9 Mar, 2009

    If you want the necklace to be a bit more understated you can use glass marbles instead (like the ones that you use in flower arrangements). And instead of knots between the beads you can use silver spacer beads.

  • kelleygoo 9 Mar, 2009

    I reallly like this idea. It would make a great gift.

  • gram300 9 Mar, 2009

    I also made these 15 years ago but with a bandana. I like the silk idea and I'm going to put the fabric end into a clasp or ribbon crimp of some kind and then add a large, decorative toggle. That should up date the look.

  • leeannleblanc 8 Mar, 2009

    It can't be too tacky people if they are selling them at a Sex In The City store! Although they are not for me, a little too much bling, they are very fashionable and very cutting edge I think. Great for the younger more adventurous type!

  • sewlovely 8 Mar, 2009

    I think this necklace is stunning and the photo also. It may have been something people did in the US but I've never seen it done (I'm from Ireland). I think those of you leaving negative comments should think about the people who designed this and shared it with you all, it's not very nice to read negative comments as a reader but especially as a designer. My mum always says "if you can't think of anything nice to say, say nothing".

  • sewlovely 8 Mar, 2009

    I think this necklace is stunning and the photo also. It may have been something people did in the US but I've never seen it done (I'm from Ireland). I think those of you leaving negative comments should think about the people who designed this and shared it with you all, it's not very nice to read negative comments as a reader but especially as a designer. My mum always says "if you can't think of anything nice to say, say nothing".

  • Anna_Marie 7 Mar, 2009

    Mmmmm...I'm going to have to agree with HeresDebbieK....this is a tacky necklace, and the opening photograph is bad, too. Very surprising.

  • Jokin 7 Mar, 2009

    I had forgotten all about this crafty necklaces! I made these with my kids years ago! It was great fun, economical and they made great gifts! An awesome classic, dusted off and brought back to life with some fresh ideas and embellishments. I'm ready for round 2!

  • dets 7 Mar, 2009

    I too think this is a great craft item. I saw it many years ago but old crafts can have new ideas with new people!!! How about exposed beads hanging in between the bottom few covered beads? Also, if ;you can find plastic beads, then you can easily wash the necklace should it need it. Watch out for the cloths with metalic threads as they can feel scratchy against your neck.

  • jjrdsmomy 7 Mar, 2009

    This really is a blast from the past! We made these with pony beads instead of knots between the big beads. We also used marbles instead of wood beads; but the necklaces were rather heavy! Have fun!

  • GlennaCheryl 7 Mar, 2009

    Yes, this is a blast from the past but it is likely brand new to the younger crowd. Those viewing it as outdated might be showing their age. Besides, it can't be easy to come up with a knock-your-socks-off craft every single day.

  • Takoda 7 Mar, 2009

    This is absolutely wonderful. Why would anyone say it's not a good craft. I love it and it's a great way to coordinate outfits with a "necklace", What a unique gift it would be. Thanks so much for demonstrating it. It's something that even people, like myself, who are not at all "crafty" can easily make!

  • Vivie 7 Mar, 2009

    Sure looks good to me! Can`t wait to try it.....Looks easy enough!

  • beverson 7 Mar, 2009

    I have never seen anything done like this. I think it's really cool. I'd use different colors that match my wardrobe, and make it a little longer. I have several scarves I never wear, but I'd wear them done like this!

  • HeresDebbieK 7 Mar, 2009

    Good lord!! This is so outdated. Can we get something a little more up to date please? Talk about digging to the bottom of the barrel for a craft of the day!!