Batik Fiber Necklace
Use Batik ribbon yarns in various colors and a crochet hook to create a beautiful fiber necklace. Assorted lightweight beads add additional intrigue to this jewelry craft project. This project is an excerpt from C&T Publishing Color Your World with Princess Mirah Batiks.
- 1 skein Princess Mirah’s Crafts Marigold 1⁄4˝ Batik cotton ribbon yarn
- 1 skein Princess Mirah’s Crafts Garnet 1⁄2˝ Batik cotton ribbon yarn
- 1 skein Princess Mirah’s Crafts Wild Lime 1⁄4˝ Batik cotton ribbon yarn
- 1 skein fine eyelash yarn
- Crochet hook, size Q (16mm)
- Large-eye embroidery needle
- Assortment of 16–24 lightweight beads (small, medium, and large diameters)
- Assortment of 18–30 large-hole spacer beads (gold, silver, or copper)
- 1–3 large pendant bead(s) (to hang at the base of the necklace as the focal point)
- Large jump ring(s) or beading wire
- Beading pliers
- Jewelry glue
- String 8–14 beads onto the eyelash yarn using a large-eyed embroidery needle. Do not cut the yarn.
- Leave a beginning 10˝ tail and crochet a single chain with the Garnet ribbon yarn and the eyelash yarn held together. While chain stitching, push up the beads randomly in the stitches to distribute them every 11⁄2˝–3˝ along the chain. Make the chain 20˝–22˝ long. Knot off and cut the 2 yarns, leaving a 10˝ ending tail.
Randomly distribute beads in chain.
- Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with the Marigold ribbon yarn and the eyelash yarn.
- String 8–14 large-hole spacer beads onto the Wild Lime ribbon yarn, using the embroidery needle if necessary. Repeat Step 2 with only the Wild Lime ribbon yarn.
- Evenly and tightly twist the 3 beaded chains together and knot securely at both ends to retain the twist.
- String 8–14 spacer beads onto the Marigold ribbon yarn. Repeat Step 2 with the Marigold ribbon yarn and the Wild Lime ribbon yarn.
- Leaving a 10˝ beginning and ending tail, single chainstitch a 20˝–22˝ length with the Garnet ribbon yarn.
- Twist all 5 ribbon chains loosely together and knot together securely at both ends.
- Determine the center point of the necklace. Attach the focal bead(s) at this point with the jump ring(s) or beading wire through a chainstitch and secure.
- Slip all the strands of 1 tail of the necklace through a spacer bead. Slide the spacer bead up next to the knot and secure with a dab of glue. Repeat on the other tail end.
Add spacer beads to tails.
- To wear the necklace, tie the ends into a loose bow.
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