HOW TO MAKE… A WOVEN NECKLACE
Q Cardboard, 10 x 20cm (4 x 77/ 8") Q Washi tape Q Pink embroidery thread Q Pale pink and coral yarn Q Tapestry needle Q Silver faux leather, 3mm ( 1 /8") wide Q Gold beads Q Gold necklace chain Q Gold beading wire Q Small pliers Fans of weaving, statement jewellery, and all things sparkly, rejoice! This tactile treat for the eyes – and your ensemble – combines all these lovely things in one beautiful, boho-style necklace.
Team it with a crisp white smock top for that floaty, ethereal feel, and you’ll be festival-ready in no time. Or, just drinks-outside-in-the-sun ready – either sounds good to us.
Never tried weaving before? You’ll pick up the basics in no time with this small-scale project. And, once you have, try experimenting with yarn weights, textures and colours to achieve different looks.
Mark out 5cm (2") across the centre of both short edges of the cardboard. Within the 5cm (2"), mark nine more lines, 0.5cm ( ") apart, on each short edge, then cut a small slit down from each mark.
Secure the end of the embroidery thread in the notch furthest to the right with a piece of tape. This will be the back of your loom. Turn the loom right side (RS) up, then warp the loom by drawing the thread up and down, looping it around the notches at the top and bottom and keeping the thread taut. Use another piece of tape to secure the end at the back.
To start your weft (the horizontal strings you weave in and out of the warp threads), take your tapestry needle under the first four or five warps, then work your way to the outer warp using tabby weaving. This is where you weave over, then under, alternate warps, then back across the loom in the same way, this time weaving under the warps it went over, and over the warps it went under. We started our necklace near the top of the loom, working four rows of tabby weaving in pale pink yarn, and starting and finishing with a long tail that can be woven in at the end.
You can either choose to follow the pattern we used, or create your own design, switching the colours and materials as often as you like throughout the design. After the pale pink yarn, we switched to three rows of tabby weaving with the faux leather, then alternated rows of coral yarn and the embroidery thread threaded with beads.
Keep weaving, combining different colours and textures, until you’re happy with the length of the weave. We added a few more rows
of pink thread, then switched to pink yarn, and finally added a few rows of faux leather, working until the weave measured 5cm (2").
To create the tassels at the bottom of the necklace, work a row of rya knots across the bottom. For each rya knot, cut a 16cm (63/ length of pink yarn and the same of pink thread, then fold the lengths in half. Bring the looped end up in between the first two warps (on the far left), then take the cut ends around the warps, bringing them forward to the front and back down through the loop. Pull to tighten, then push the knot up to the base of your weaving. Tighten again to secure, then repeat across the remaining pairs of warps.
Thread a few beads onto some of the embroidery threads within tassels, then knot them at the base to secure the beads.
Lifting the tassels out of the way, weave a few more rows underneath to help keep them in place. Cut a 15cm (6") length of wire, then weave this in at the top of the necklace.
Cut the warp strings at the top and bottom of the loom, then knot the cut thread ends as close as possible to the weave.
Turn the necklace over to the wrong side (WS). Knot the loose ends that are closest to each other and trim off any excess thread, then use your tapestry needle to weave in any remaining loose ends.
Cut a 70cm (275/ length of jewellery chain. Cut back the ends of the wire at the top of the necklace, then use the pliers to bend them back on themselves, forming a small loop on either side. Slip one end of the chain into one loop, use the pliers to close the loop, then repeat on the other side.
Lucie Panis-Jones Lucie is currently studying textile and surface design in Brussels, and spends her spare time curating her Etsy shop. Each piece is handwoven, and although Lucie mainly stocks tapestries and necklaces, she’s also working on woven...