Sep 21

I’m happy to announce that you can pick up your free pattern sheet starting tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept 22) for this Anthropologie-inspired “statement” necklace. If you are in Portland, OR, drop by the Knittn’ Kitten and ask for the sheet!

Knittn’ Kitten
7530 N.E. Glisan St.
Portland, OR.   97213

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Here is a necklace from Anthropologie that inspired me when designing this project:

Autumn’s Bounty Bib (Retail: $80)

I found a whole bunch of different kinds of materials at Knittn’ Kitten that would make great statement necklaces:

I’ll let you visit the Knittn’ Kitten store itself to explore or the Flickr Group to see more of my quick snaps of potential materials.

AND A BONUS! To kick off the Project Sheet Party, I have also written a bonus project sheet for this PeaPod Necklace, inspired by (but a different technique than) Jessica’s Ribbon & Pearls necklace at Oh So Happy Together. Be sure to ask for the sheet when you drop by the Kitten!

You will find a huge variety of wooden beads and ribbon at the Knittn’ Kitten to make your own variation on this necklace! So schedule a trip into your week and get over there!

Be sure to share your version of the project, as well as any spoils from your own Knittn’ Kitten trip at the Knittn’ Kitten Flickr Group!

Stay tuned for more free projects, every Tuesday through November 10 from the following designers:

September 29 – Teresa Sullivan

October 6 – Diane Gilleland

October 13 – Joey Groendes

October 20 – Christine Blystone

October 27 – Susan Beal

November 3 – Lee Meredith

November 10 – Bridget Benton

Sep 16

I used some of the supplies I got from my favorite Portland, OR craft thrift store, Knittn’ Kitten. You have to visit it if you are in Portland! I got some ribbon, wooden beads, and assorted other stuff.

Craft a Day in September, Day 8: The first draft of the “peapod” necklace. Inspired by Jessica at Happy Together’s ribbon-pearl necklace. I didn’t love the spacing of the beads, so I redid it to look like this:

The second draft of the “peapod” necklace. I thought it was cuter with the beads right next to each other — looks like a peapod, right? Sorry for the photos – it’s hard to take pics of a necklace on yourself.

Here’s a slightly better view of the necklace.

Here’s another version. This one’s a bit more preppy with navy grosgrain ribbon & kelly green beads.

The supplies: A beaded applique and some organza ribbon.

The result.

My 3 year-old son was in on the crafting with me too, so we made him this little toothpaste necklace with a kitschy charm and some baker’s twine.

Sep 12

I made some things on Days 3 (the Quilt Blocks) and 6 (Secret Swap stuff) and 7 (started on a crocheted rug).

Day 8: Vintage Supplies and Ribbon Jewelry

I bought supplies for an Anthropologie-inspired necklace at Knittn’ Kitten: three sequined and beaded appliques and some gold braided cord.

I used vintage ribbon to add to this necklace I already started. I had already put together a vintage brooch and some chain links.

Jun 25

Happy Together recently had a tutorial for a ribbon and pearl crocheted necklace that was inspired by a Lanvin necklace. I had these huge wooden beads hanging around and some ribbon (I only had black and red), so I tried my hand at crocheting a similar necklace. Instead of attaching the beads after the necklace was crocheted, I strung my five beads onto the ribbon before I started crocheting, and then incorporated them into the crocheting at specific intervals.

This necklace is big and bold (probably a little too big and bold for me), but I like the technique and I definitely want to play around with the idea a little more.

Apr 1

As I was making the graphic for “Make Something Cool Everyday”, my son picked up some of the alphabet pasta that I used and started to string them onto a pipe cleaner. I was so impressed that he started his own crafty project! I threaded a ribbon onto the pipe cleaner and let him use the pipe cleaner as a beading needle for the pasta. I also had some terry ponytail holders out that he strung onto his necklace. Not a bad project for a 2-1/2 year old to come up with on his own!

He loves to “do a little project.”

Feb 26

I made a few necklaces for a Craftster swap, and I just LOVE the way this one turned out! My swap partner also liked it. She said: “I love it!!  It is amazing and looks so cool on, I can’t even tell you!”

The shape of it is inspired by a necklace Enora wears in the movie “Serenity” (watched while working on this project – ha ha! love it when inspiration strikes like that!). The point of the swap was to make a necklace or bracelet with stuff you have laying around your house. I had a lot of vintage jewelry that I used for a project awhile back, plus some broken jewelry.

I got a lot of this stuff at Katherine’s house when I was doing a zine reading at the library with a make and take craft project. I made packets of random goodies to glue to magnets, thumbtacks, and pin backs. So the project is long over, and I still have a decent amount of random (mostly broken) jewelry.

What’s Katherine’s house? Katherine is a friend of mine who collects bins of jewelry from Goodwill and separates, cleans, and matches it all up. This is her hobby and she loves to do it. Her house is FULL of jewelry, and she sells earrings for $1 a pair, so I’ve gone over to her house a few times and purchased stuff, either for projects, or just to wear. A lot of the components of this necklace were gotten from trips to Katherine’s.

1. The star is from some 80s-looking star earrings. I used it for a link in the necklace, repeated two or three other spots on the necklace (near #10 and past #16). The bead cluster was found in my mom’s bead box. I had attached it to a stitch marker, but I removed it to use for this project.

2. The apple is from a necklace I got for my bday from Erika from Texas Haute Sauce. It broke, so I cannibalized it for this project.

3. The green bead cluster is from a necklace I got from

4. Wrapped pearl is from some earrings I got from Katherine’s. Net-covered pearl (on #11) is from same pair, and little pearls on #7 and #15 are also.

5. A rhinestone button I wired to a jumpring so it would face forward (not down)

6. Black charm from a pair of (vintage?) earrings from Katherine’s.

7. Pearl, from #4 earrings. Wooden glittery heart I wired to a link, also from Katherine’s. Gold diamondy-shaped thing from Katherine’s, too. I added the other one on the opposite side (#11) to keep the feel of the necklace symmetrical.

8. I love this one! Rhinestone cluster from a vintage clip-on earring. I wired it to an oval-shaped chain loop – I think it’s cool!

9. From a pair of earrings, also from Katherine’s. The red bead is from the necklace mentioned in #2. The button is combined with a small piece of these cool art deco earrings I got (yep, at Katherine’s… I’m telling you, her house is amazing!)

10. Another star link (#1) and a bead cluster from same necklace as #3

11. Other half of diamondy earrings in #7, pearl/net bead from #4 earrings. Random gold/pearl at the top is from Katherine’s.

12. Cool telephone from a pair of clip-ons from Katherine’s.

13. Green freshwater pearl from same necklace as #2.

14. Petit point from a pair of clip on earrings – I bent it when trying to remove the pokey part that was sticking out of the back of it! Oops! I still like it, so I used it.

15. A button + pearl combo. Simple, but I like the look!

16. The butterfly is from a barrette I got in the late 90s that never quite worked for me, ’cause it closed in the opposite direction I part my hair in = it would always be upside-down the way I would naturally use it!

Jan 21

We had a huge black plastic catering tray (and clear lid) that were both #6 plastic, ideal for shrinking in the oven. I did a few little experiments with the clear lid (not worth posting – they warped badly!) and then cut into the black tray. It was thicker, and also I have never seen anyone post about using the black plastic before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect!

The ridges on the tray made me think of moustaches, so I cut a couple out and punched holes in them. The black plastic behaved differently than the clear plastic. Clear plastic shrinks to about 1/3 its original size. The black plastic warped a bit, and didn’t shrink much.

I still had time to string it into a moustache necklace and take a quick pic!