|Button Necklace, 24"|
Pattern Inspiration: Crochet Button Necklace or Wristwrap by Ashlee Prisbey
Yarn: Crochet Thread, found at a yard sale, no label. Crochet hook, 12.
|Mum's Button Jar Necklace|
|Mum sorting through her buttons, October 2014.|
|Pile of buttons....|
- First, I sorted, with mum's help, the buttons into a size small enough to fit into my ring. I used my silver ring as a way to help her figure out which would be the right size. If it fit inside the circumference of the ring, we put it into a pile.
- Then I chose a thread on which I strung the buttons. I kept the string attached to the cone as I threaded it through one of the button holes. I used quite a few buttons, probably 60-70.
- I then chose a small crochet hook, size 12, and some doily weight cotton thread in a pale aqua color.
- Holding both threads together, I chained about three inches as a base for the closure.
- Still holding the threads together, I slid one button up close to the hook and made a chain with enough tension to keep it close to the chain. I made 5 stitches and repeated picking up the next button.
- I found I liked a distance of 4-5 stitches best to space between buttons.
- I made my necklace about 24" in length, but you are welcome to customize it to your liking.
- Depending on how fancy you are, you could attach a clasp, just tie a knot, do as I did and make a base for the back of the neck. I did this by slipping the crochet hook into the stitches made in the 3" base, connecting the two ends with a slip stitch. It looked a tad messy, so I then creating a more finished edge by looping the thread over the base and then hooking through the bottom.
- Thread: I made my necklace with what I had on hand. I am looking for other shades of the cotton doily thread. I plan to use either olive green thread with horn colored buttons or black thread with red and navy buttons. If you look at the designer's blog page, you will see her bracelets. They are just a necklace wrapped around the wrist.
- Hook size: experiment and see how you like the dimensions you get with the finer weight yarns you have on hand. I was given all of the doily cotton thread and the tiny hooks by my sister Steph who found this bag of treasures at a yard sale.
- Buttons: do you have a button jar? Perhaps you frequent yard sales and Goodwill, keep your eyes open for a supply or... you could go to a craft store and buy them by the bag. A.C. Moore has them in color story packs, it will save you the sifting. But if you have a button jar, dump it out some rainy day and see what stories you find.
- Beads: this is a good way to use up any beads you might have on hand. I would suggest you use the thinner weight threads if you have small beads.
|A close up shot of the closure.|