Tilly and the Buttons recently had a guest post over at Casey’s Elegant Musings, where she posted a Springtime necklace tutorial. I was straight onto Ebay, ordering my polystyrene balls – and that’s not something a girl can say every day.
Here’s a close up of my lovely new necklace. As Tilly suggested, I made it out of scraps left over from an apron I made my mother for Christmas (pattern here if you’re interested):
I ended up sewing together three rows of scraps to make a massive 70 INCH tube. You need one heck of a pencil to turn that baby inside out. Don’t think I was being excessive; I used up pretty much all of those 70 inches knotting my balls into place. (There’s a really obvious joke and I’m not going to make it.)
You might wonder why Tilly leaves both ends of the tube open at first, only telling you to sew down the long side. Well, don’t try to second guess Tilly – what she says goes. Two open ends allow you to adjust the arrangement of balls (oh, shut up!) until you have your necklace just as you like it. Then you can sew up both ends.
This is a lovely make. It’s the type of necklace I see in a shop and never buy because they’re charging me twenty quid and I think, It’s some fabric and polystyrene balls, I could make that myself. But then I never do – or never did – until Tilly and her amazing maths prodded me into action. (If Tilly wants to work out the circumference of things FOR THE FUN OF IT, that’s her look out. I’ll just follow the directions.)
You should make a Tilly Necklace, too. It’s as much fun as you can have with a bag of cylindrical items…