Goes with anything

Isn’t that what they say about black?

Or in this case, all the colours. It’ll work with so many things! I’ve finished the fabric bead necklace, using up as many cones as I had. I also made a pair of earrings to go with it. Originally, I’d intended to have all the beads strung close together, as I wanted a sort of floral effect, but I discovered on wearing it that the beads would get forced upwards by movement and it looked extremely odd. So then it was deciding what to do about adding spacers.

The wire choker is quite thick, and the fastening at the back doesn’t allow most of my spacer beads to pass over it. So then I had a brainwave. I have a small collection of narrow clear plastic tubes which I’ve saved from using Piksters* after cleaning my teeth. I thought they might come in useful some time, and now they have. I cut small slices off a number of tubes, and worked out that putting two spacers between each bead looked the best. Because they’re clear, they don’t really ‘read’, they weigh nothing and they do the trick. Job done.

And finally, I have at last got round to adding the three-string clasp to my lilac necklace.

I made it in the first place to go with my beautiful silver, pearl and amethyst earrings, and I feel it works rather well. Another one to add to the collection.


And now that’s enough jewellery making for now. Back to fabric!


*Piksters are tiny interdental brushes for scrubbing between your teeth, and I find them more effective than using dental floss.


39 thoughts on “Goes with anything

  1. Clever! and so pretty.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, but I’m glad I’ve finished it. The process was fun, but I’m secretly longing to crack on with my patchwork coat, and I can’t while the cutting table is full of other projects. It’s basically clearing the decks…

  2. claire93 says:

    looks amazing, Kate, and I’m glad you made a pair of earrings too!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love All The Colours!
    Did you use anything in the fabric to stop fraying, or will you just let it go?

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll just let it go. Batiks are so tightly woven anyway, and most of the triangles are cut on the straight grain, so there’s no messy frays. also, I could have used Fraycheck, but it tends to make the fabric a bit stiff and hard, which I didn’t want around my neck.

  4. Debbierose says:

    Spacers do make a world of difference

  5. tialys says:

    Both sets look fabulous and yet another ingenious idea for the spacers.

  6. I like it! and I didn’t even see the spacers in the photo – you are right – they didn’t “read”. And I love earrings too! And hooray for getting the three-stranded one completed as well. I’m intrigued about the patchwork coat!

  7. magpiesue says:

    Brilliant! And pretty to boot! A most original way to recycle what i take to be packing material. So lovely to have the three-strand necklace wearable now too. Hurray!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think those little plastic tubes have lots of potential uses, so I’m glad I hung onto them. I shall wear my new colourful necklace to Days for Girls this morning – one of the ladies there and I have a tiny competition going on for the most unusual/colourful necklace 😉

  8. Dayphoto says:

    WOW! Nicely done!

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    There is simply no end to your talents. I love both your necklaces.And what a scrap happy post this would have made.

  10. so fancy, they look like they are already dancing around your neck and of course the earrings are essential.

  11. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That necklace is both elegant and fun – not an easy combo to pull off!

  12. Oh my! I’m drooling over both your necklaces… love the fabric scrappy one for obvious reasons, and the fancy beaded one is quite glorious. Lovely length on you too 🙂

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow and wow for the both of them. The one with the colorfull fabric is lovely when the sun shines, the other one is for weddings and other feasts. But ofcourse you can wear them at all times. Maybe a beautiful necklace will look good on Mouse too, to go with his tuxido ? lol

    • katechiconi says:

      Believe me, I have thought about making him a beaded collar for special occasions, but I have to remember that he does not respect his clothing at all! I shall think some more about it.

  14. Enough? enough jewellery making?! Are you mad!! There’s no such thing as enough!!!! x

    • katechiconi says:

      For now…. I have multiple quilt projects on the go and am finally teetering towards the finish line with one that’s been in the pipeline for 4 years. I’ll allow myself back into the bead boxes once that one’s completed.

  15. Stunning bespoke additions to your jewellery collection just in time for festive season occasions.

  16. kymlucas says:

    As always, I stand in awe of your many crafty talents.

  17. cedar51 says:

    aha, much better with the spacers (also a scrap) now looks like a structured neck garland….nice

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