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Project

Braided Dupioni Silk Necklace Craft

Created By: Dana Gallagher

Introduction

Dupioni silk in sherbet shades has a lovely luster. When you tear the fabric into strips, it frays, giving this braided necklace a soft, fringed look.

Materials

  • Dupioni silk

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Rip dupioni silk into 1-inch-wide strips; 1/2 yard makes 3 necklaces.

  2. Step 2

    Knot ends of 3 strips, and braid. When you get to the end, hand-stitch additional fabric strips onto the first 3 (stagger the new additions if possible to disguise the seams).

  3. Step 3

    Continue braiding to the desired length (our necklaces are as long as 60 inches), and knot. Knot ends together to make a loop.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2010

Reviews (12)

  • geoferr 26 May, 2013

    I have to agree that this is a disappointing craft. Dupioni silk is beautiful because of its sheen and its drape. The jagged raw edges of torn silk rob it of its sheen and the stiff braiding robs it of its drape. A necklace should lay gracefully on the body, not stick out as if starched. Use raffia if you want this look.
    How about turning silk into flowers and using them as a brooch? More complicated than braiding? Sure, but worth the effort and respectful of the fabric's qualities.

  • Mrs_Cat 26 May, 2013

    I'm sorry, some of the crafts here are cute, and others are just disappointing. This one would fall into the latter category. It looks like someone's filthy dreadlocks. Is this supposed to be chic?

  • DebCory 16 Mar, 2011

    Where can I find the close up of the necklace that it says is here, I can't find it. Is there a video showing how to do this?

  • PMirror 14 Mar, 2011

    Super%21

  • Tiffany_Sun 11 Nov, 2010

    Hi everyone - we replaced the image with a closer crop so you can see more detail. hope this helps! - Tiffany Sun, Online Editor

  • jenzee 19 Sep, 2010

    I agree about the closeup... "enlarge this image" doesn't make it large enough to see detail. Unfortunately this seems to be a problem with a lot of the craft projects on this site.

  • jenzee 19 Sep, 2010

    I agree about the closeup... "enlarge this image" doesn't make it large enough to see detail. Unfortunately this seems to be a problem with a lot of the craft projects on this site.

  • lbuser 13 Sep, 2010

    sandyalmeida - the fabric only tears one way. I believe it is selvage to selvage. Just clip a tiny clip through the selvage near the end of the fabric - it will tear straight. If you don't have the selvage on a piece of fabric, this is a way to determine the grain (which goes with the selvage). If it does not tear, clip the other edge.

  • sandyalmeida 13 Sep, 2010

    Which way do you tear the silk, straight of grain or selvage edge???

  • carteelady 11 Sep, 2010

    A close up would be very helpful.

  • gmalitty 11 Sep, 2010

    It would have been good to have closeups of the necklace to get a good idea of how the braid and fabric turn out. It/s very hard to decide this way.

  • racnyc1 11 Sep, 2010

    Is it difficult to tear the silk? Silk is generally a very strong fabric...