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Felted Pebbles Bib Necklace

About this design:

As soon as these felt rounds came in, I knew what colors I wanted to use together. I sat at my desk with piles of felt in front of me all mixed together and a shape started to form. All I had to do was figure out how to make the pile into a necklace! I absolutely love wearing a collar/bib necklace in the fall and winter and am so happy with how it turned out. This necklace could absolutely be made half the size and still be a cool statement piece.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 20-30 10mm felt round, mixed colors
  • 50-60 15mm felt round, mixed colors
  • 10-16 20mm felt round, mixed colors
  • 2mm faceted crystal rondelles
  • C-Lon Fine Weight (.4mm) Bead Cord for forming the main structure
  • C-Lon Size D Thread for embroidering on the crystal
  • 2 5-6" lengths of large cable chain
  • hook or your preferred clasp
  • awl (or a skewer)
  • adhesive to secure knots

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Start by laying out all of your felt in the way in which you would like to to appear once stitched together. IMPORTANT: take an overhead photo.
Step 2:
Using about 5-6' of C-Lon Fine Weight (.4mm) Bead Cord, thread most of your felt on a long strand from one end of the "pile" to the other end, make sure not to squish them tightly together. Now that you have a very long strand of felt, snake it into 3 even rows. "Fit" the rows into each other bending them into a funky smile and sew the rows together. Keep in mind the shape of your original layout. Make sure to reference your photo.
Step 3:
Now you need to add more texturing/pebbling to the the piece. Sew your remaining felt rounds in varying sizes into and top of the your collar.
Step 4:
After I had these steps completed I was going to stop, but something kept nagging at me ... felt is warm and cozy but it just doesn't sparkle. I chose to select a specific color, smoke, to embellish with tiny faceted crystal beads. I stitched anywhere from 10-15 crystals onto each bead in 2 different crystal colors using C-Lon Size D Thread. This went very quickly as I went in no particular order.
  Step 5:
To finish the necklace you will need to create a "drill hole" through a felt round using an awl or a sharp pair of round nose pliers at each end of your collar. Try to do this through a large felt round. Loop your chain link through the newly made hole and attach to the rest of the chain. Add a clasp and voila!

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Using the felt rounds, I bet this piece is lightweight and easy to wear. I also really like the colors you mixed together–Very fun and innovative piece for the winter season ahead.

  2. kye
    kye says:

    I agree with CC this is so unique and perfect for winter. I love the texture and colors of this fantastic necklace.

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Kind of like having a kitten around your neck – so soft and cuddly. Yeah I agree – perfect for winter.

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