Apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been a busy ol’ month. And it would seem that summer has smacked us full in the face here in the Orient, if there was a transitional period, I certainly missed it! The hot and sticky Hong Kong summer days are most certainly upon us and this DIY project is the perfect accessory for the season – it’s eye-catchingly neon (yes, the trend is relentless) but more importantly it’s lightweight, which if you’re anything like me makes a huge difference in the oppressive humidity.
I’m really into macrame, weaving and knotting at the moment, it’s a great little side hobby because it doesn’t call for loads of materials but at the same time can be very versatile and it doesn’t take too much time nor brain power. So get ready to relive those carefree school days because there are most certainly going to be more than a few blogposts involving friendship bracelet-type weaving!
What you need:
- 2 Different coloured thin (neon) cord. Cut into three 1 yard lengths of each cord (I used pink and yellow)
- Black thick thread. Cut into three 1 yard lengths (this thread will not be seen in the necklace)
- Sewing thread matching the colours of the cords
- Sewing needle
- Thin metal chain
- 6 metal ring links
- Stick tape
- Tie together one length of pink, yellow and black cord leaving at least 2 inches of slack at the top
- Order your cords; the black in the middle. Using the sticky tape, stick the cords down on a table top above the knot
- Take the pink cord and tie a forwards knot onto the black thread (the pink cord should create a “4” shape with the black thread), then tie a backwards knot on the same thread (the pink cord should now form a backwards “4” shape over the black thread).
- Take the yellow cord and tie a forwards knot onto the black thread (making a backwards “4” shape over the black thread). Then tie a backwards knot with the yellow cord onto the black thread (making a “4” shape over the black thread).
- Continue with Steps 3 and 4 until your necklace is your ideal length (everyone has different preferences over how long they like their necklaces to be , so as you weave be sure to measure it up against your neck until you reach your ideal length. I weaved mine to just over a foot in length).
- Repeat Steps 1-5 with the remaining 2 sets of cords. You should have 3 lengths of woven cords.
- Align the woven cords according to the colour of the cords, i.e. the pink side of one length with the pink side of the second length and then align the third length of cord, yellow-to-yellow.
- Using the pliers, hook a metal ring link through two cords just under the knots. Hook the third cord with another ring link just under the knots. The three woven cords should be attached just under the knots at either end.
- Using the sewing needle and pink thread, stitch the pink cords together so as to close up any gaps between two of the woven cords. Repeat with the yellow cords using the yellow sewing thread. Once sewn together the cords should resemble a thick, flat bib necklace.
- Depending on how long you like your necklace, attach one end of the thin metal chain (I used about an inch in length) onto a metal ring link and hook it through one end of the necklace. Attach the other end of the chain onto the other end of the necklace using another metal ring link.
- Use the lighter to burn the open ends of each cord to just above each knot.
So, a slightly longwinded how-to and it can be somewhat time consuming but it is easy to make. Have a try yourself and I guarantee that in no time you’ll be knotting these long summer days away!