Friday, September 11, 2015

Embroidered Necklace - DIY


To make this beautiful necklace I was inspired by Macedonian rich traditional costumes and embroidery.

Macedonian folk costumes have a centuries-long tradition. They are part of the material culture of the Macedonian people and an important branch of the national artistic creation.

In the past, the peasant woman in particular, was the one who created the costumes starting from dyeing the yarn, weaving it into coarse cotton cloths and tightly woven wool yarn and cloths, sewing the parts of clothing and decorating it with rich embroidery.

How to make this necklace:

1. In making this fabric necklace you will need printed fabric. I chose a colorful one with colors that resemble traditional motifs and colors. The design is retro but I thought it would fit the project I had in mind.

1. Cut out a square of fabric.

2. Cut it into strips.

3. This is optional - embroider the piece and add beads. When done, to secure that it does not fray much, fix it with a blanket stitch around the strip

4. Fold the strip and sew both (upper) ends together.

5.  Repeat this with the other strips.

6. Line them up to see what arrangement makes the design look the best. Note that I made the central strip a little bit longer so that it protrudes / stands out from the other strips and marks the center.

7. / 8. Make tassels and add to the center and the two strips (from left and right) next to it.

9. /10. Crochet a chain / use a leather or cotton cord onto which you insert the strips of fabric. You can add tassels to the cord as a finishing touch too.

Your new attractive necklace!

The inspiration:

If you want to learn more about Macedonian folk costumes, please visit me here.


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! That is so beautiful!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Tammy!

Divya N said...

Your design seems to bring about the richness of Macedonian costumes very well using the typical ethnic color combination

Unknown said...

So fun! I love the fabric you decided to use. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - hope to see you again next week

Sum of their Stories said...

That's so pretty and such a versatile idea. A change of fabric or embroidery and it would have a completely different look. Lovely!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Divya! That was what I was aiming for :)

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you for having me!

Maya Kuzman said...

That's true. I am already working on another one.

Studio Kaufmann said...

What an amazingly original necklace.
Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Happy Sunday x

CLB said...

Haven't posted here in a while, but still loving everything you do and share. :)
Thanks for sharing your traditions.

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you so much Emma!

Maya Kuzman said...

I know you do Chris. Thank you so much!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

You made such a pretty necklace and thanks for sharing it with us.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Julie xo

handmade by amalia said...

This is seriously pretty, Maya, and the beads work perfectly.