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Recycled Cotton Necklace


About this design:

I was inspired by a crocheted ribbon necklace that I found at a resale shop that a local artist made. I love it because it is so lightweight and unique. When I saw nancykathryn's crochet necklaces I finally decided to give it a try. I have never crocheted before, so it is a little sloppy, but I think it adds to the charm. ;)

Also, the 'yarn' is reclaimed cotton, so it is relaxed and 'untidy' in a appearance, which probably helps cover any mistakes...lol. Since I already have a ribbon necklace I decided to add a few charms that I made from beads to add something a little different to the necklace. I think it is fun and different.

I apologize for the lack of details in the photos, I had a hard time getting a good close up.

Components:

Reclaimed cotton yarn, platinum and navy shell pearls (LB), crystal beads (LB), glass Czech beads, head pins, jump rings

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Mmm, beautiful colors and great texture!

  2. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Yummy colors and I do love the messy look. It would be such an eye pleasing piece to wear.

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    N radon says:

    This is really great. I love the colors you used on this and all the additions make it so very unique.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone!

  5. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    pretty!

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Love the “messiness” of this. The colors are also stunning.

  7. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Cool!!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the kind comments. I must confess the color changes are in the yarn itself, but it’s a great combo in the yarn.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Cool!

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    olive penguin says:

    More ‘crochet fun’ when I bought the reclaimed cotton yarn, I also was inspired by Fresh Baked designs to by some reclaimed sari silk ribbon. I used some of that to crochet this headband. I think it turned out well, and surprisingly it’s the first headband that fit my head comfortably and well…go figure, I like to think it’s because it’s handmade. ;) I wanted to share to show my progression (so far I can make a chain, and by golly I will use that for everything I can! :D ) with the chain stitch. The funny thing is that I’m using a plastic crochet hook that came in a $1 kid’s kit. :)

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