I love receiving handmade gifts - not that I don't like the commercial ones, but handmade really strikes a cord with me - it's more personal and emotional.
What I am writing about today is making a heirloom gift, something that was made from the heart and given to be treasured for years.
For my project I collected the doilies I had from my husband's grandmother who was as masterful in crochet as my own grandmother, and played to get the most desirable look. I wanted to preserve these and thus opted for a necklace - a great heirloom which I can pass onto my daughter in years to come.
Now if you want to make a necklace I would suggest small doilies - you can use even one if you think it fits the purpose.
The selection you see here is more appropriate for applying to a plain shirt or a tee. I couldn't resist playing and styling different looks.
For the necklace I had two options and as you see from the intro picture I chose the former.
In order to join the doilies together you can sew along the edges, but I decided on joining them with jump rings, because once sewn it would be very hard to unstich them later in case you are tired with the necklace and want to use them in another project.
I marked the alignment and position of the jump rings which is crucial for the position of the doilies. You don't want them sloppy and hanging.
Then instead of crocheting the ties I added a metal chain and my necklace was ready.
This is a really quick project if you have already made doilies and it is the perfect last minute gift which your loved ones would really appreciate.