Can Washers and Ribbon Equal Jewelry?

You can make jewelry from the strangest, and coolest, things. After flipping through the new issue of DIY Holiday I decided that I wanted to try making my own jewelry. Time to make a visit to the hardware store. Yes, you read that right, the hardware store.


I love the way Chloe Chatenever uses metal washers and ribbons to create a sophisticated necklace! Who would have thought you could make a luxurious necklace with washers? Chloe used brass washers, but I decided I wanted to try using steel instead. I wear silver more often.

I found a roll of navy ribbon in my sewing cabinet, and after a long day of work, I settled down with my washers, ribbon, copy of DIY Holiday, and a little trepidation. How did Chloe join those washers using the ribbon? Turns out it was easier than I thought!

  This is my first try at this technique. I will use smaller ribbon next time and as you can see on the right my gauge is starting to even out. I was surprised at how much flexibility the string of washers has.

After the first few washer, I didn't even need to look at the instructions anymore. I've worked about a dozen washers, and I am getting the hang of the gauge, the Goldilocks effect of not too tight and not too loose.

Necklaces, bracelets, I'm going to be doing several of these for holiday gifts this year. I need a set for myself as well. I'm so glad I ventured outside of my crochet comfort zone and tried a new craft!

DIY Holiday has simple beading, weaving, spinning, quilting, knitting, and sewing projects and patterns. Try something new and order your copy of DIY Holiday today!

Best wishes,

P.S. What craft do you want to try?

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