Mar 092018
 

I have to admit when I first started seeing ribbons, sari silks and other fibers in jewelry I didn’t really care for the look. But, like with so many trends, these things tend to grow on you.

Now I’ve gone completely over the bend, using a tool intended for knitting yarn cords in my jewelry!

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One thing that’s interesting about this style is the contrast between the soft fibers and the hard metal findings. It’s also unusual and unexpected, and then there’s all that texture, which I love.

Of course, if you don’t care for the fibers you can still trying knitting with wire. 

That’s really fun, and the results are SO different.

By the way, in the video I mention that I had trouble with knitting strips of sari silk. While I was putting away the materials from this video I decided to give it one more try.

I turns out that the piece I was working with was more stiff and the fabric was thicker than most of the other strips, hence my problems. Knitting with soft, supple, lightweight sari strips isn’t hard at all! And the results are beautiful. Definitely worth a try.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the How to Use Knitting to Make Jewelry-Wonder Knitter Tool Tutorial video at YouTube.

Mar 062018
 

Using fibers, especially silk, in jewelry making has been popular for quite some time. So when the folks at Thread Nanny asked me if I would like to try out their silk ribbons I jumped at the chance!

My first thought was to do silk ribbon embroidery, but after doing some research I realized there are lots of other things you can do is well.

knitted silk necklace cord cover

Today I am using a really cool tool to knit silk ribbons into cords for necklaces. Adding fibers with texture and weaving in beads makes them that much more unique and beautiful. Of course, you don’t have to stop at creating necklace cords! You can also make them into bracelets, handles, belts and more.

If you’d like to learn more about the Wonder Knitter and the things you can do with it be sure to watch my video this coming Friday. There are a lot more possibilities than you might expect!

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Make Jewelry out of SILK! Knitted Necklace Cord-Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Aug 102012
 

I love that the combination of glass beads, silk ribbon, metal chain and charm dangles make this necklace a study in contrasts.

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I  purchased the pendant, but then added a cute bird’s nest charm and threaded in silk ribbon to soften the look.

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The supply list is below the video, and it’s shorter than you might think!

Materials:

  • purchased necklace pendant with chain dangles
  • purchased charm of choice
  • 25 inches chain
  • lobster clasp
  • 1-3 jump rings
  • 30 inches silk ribbon
  • scissors
  • two pair chain nose pliers

Instructions:

  1. Use a jump ring and chain nose pliers to attach additional charm to chain dangle of purchased pendant to customize.
  2. Attach a lobster clasp to one end of 25-inch chain, using jump ring if necessary.
  3. Weave silk ribbon through a link of the 25-inch chain every 2 to 3 inches. Tie off with knots at ends and trim at angles.  Be sure to leave some slack in ribbon for a graceful appearance.
  4. Use a jump ring to attach customized pendant to ribbon/chain length. Attach a jump ring to end of chain opposite lobster clasp if necessary.