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Ruffled collar necklace

Turn a piece of silk into pretty pleats with basic sewing

Shibori is a Japanese method of dyeing cloth, and this hand-dyed silk has a myriad of colors running through its folds. To showcase its brilliance and lend a bit of structure to the fabric, I strung a silk cord through it. In just a few stitches, you’ll have a statement piece that’s light as a feather.


Necklace 19–21 in. (48–53 cm)  

  • 1 yd. (91 cm) shibori silk
  • 18–20 in. (46–51 cm) “grande” silk cord
  • 2 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 6 in. (15 cm) 22-gauge wire
  • 2 boro glass end caps
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • hook-and-eye clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • pen
  • scissors
  • sewing needle and thread
  • T-pin or embroidery needle
  • tape
  • sewing machine (optional)

Supplies from Sonoran Beads, Check your local bead store for supplies.

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Step 1
Cut a 1-yd. (91 cm) piece of shibori silk. Fold it in half lengthwise, with the front sides of the silk facing each other. Sew the edges together by hand or with a sewing machine.
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Step 2
Use a pen to turn the silk tube inside out.
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Step 3
Cut an 18–20-in. (46–51 cm) piece of silk cord (Tape it up, p. 40). String the tube on the cord, gathering the tube to create a ruffle. Trim the cord within 2 in. (5 cm) of the finished length.
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Step 4
About 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) from one end of the cord, tuck the raw edge of the tube under. Gather the tube. Using a needle and thread, sew the tube to the cord. Repeat on the other end.
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Tape it up
After you decide where to trim the cord, wrap a piece of tape around it, then cut through the center of the tape. Leave the tape on when you string the end cap; it will prevent fraying. 
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Step 5
On each end, use a T-pin or embroidery needle to make a hole in the cord. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire and string the cord. Make a set of wraps and trim the excess wire.
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Step 6
On each end, string an end cap and a bicone crystal. Make a wrapped loop.
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Step 7
On each end, open a jump ring. Attach the loop and half of a clasp. Close the jump ring. 

sewed coinsIf you like, sew beads to the necklace. I went through the coin pearls two or three times to secure them to the cord.







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