30 March 2010

Antique lace flower necklace

I am so excited about today's tutorial.  I made this necklace for Easter.  I've had the lace piece for a long, long time.  It was my great grandmother's and I don't know what she used it for.  It came in her jewelry box unattached to anything, full of possibilities.

Here's what you need:

a piece of sturdy lace, or portion of a doily
ribbon (3 kinds - one for the necklace part, one for the flowers, one for the loop closure)
ribbon and thread
hot glue

And here is what I did.  I formed flowers from some 1.5 in. wide wire rimmed ribbon.  I folded it in half lengthwise and wound the ribbon clockwise (folded side UP) into circles, to the size I wanted my flowers to be, hot gluing just a dab as I went along to hold it together.  I added the embellishments (a bead, a button, a pearl) and attached the flowers to the antique lace with hot glue.  Then I attached some 3/4 in. wide ruffly (of course!) ribbon as the necklace part to either end of the lace using hot glue.

Finally, I fashioned a closure with a fabric covered button and tiny loop of ribbon.

So fast, so easy, so UNIQUE.  Don't you think?  I got tons of compliments on it at church on Sunday.  Looked great with these darling flip flops from Target:


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jenjen said...

I love it Lei. So different but romantic and pretty!


Tortoise and the Hare said...

So pretty! Love that the lace belonged to your Grandma...very special. I might just need to make one for myself now :)

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely adorable! great job! I love that it has sentimental value. I dropped in from Blue Cricket. Hope to see you back at my place soon! until later...