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DIY – Woven Chain Necklace

This Christmas I decided to put my art A-Level to good use and attempted to create rather than purchase this years gifts. I’m from a huge family of six (whole) brothers and sisters so to avoid the usual financial quagmire, I thought it would be a pleasant Christmas morning surprise to present family members with a hand crafted good. DIY is completely addictive especially after the inevitable torrents of praise you’ll receive from family members who just didn’t realise how arty you were. Remember how happy you made your mother with macaroni Christmas tree decorations as a child? Well times this joy by a hundred and give them something they’ll actually like and use. After all, nothing says ‘I love you’ like a few pieces of hand spun chain and rhinestones.

 

I made this necklace for my sister. It was pretty simple to do although finding the right parts was a hassle. England is frankly useless for DIY supplies but you can buy some acceptable curb chain here. I went to MacCulloch & Wallis for the rhinestones, a three storied Alladins cave of fabrics and trimmings which is worth checking out if you’re into customising clothes. The embroidery floss can be picked up anywhere but I bought this wonderful bright packet in John Lewis’ haberdashery.
Even if you’re not particularly creative, this necklace will serve as incredible artistic PR so be prepared to smugly drop that inevitable line – “thanks, I made it.” This tutorial is courtesy of my favourite site Honestly WTF.
 My gorgeous sister wearing her gift on New Years Eve.
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