Here is a necklace I pinnned a long time ago:
At the time, it was for sale at Anthropologie for $148, but I looked hard at it and thought, “I can do that!” So when I met some friends at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago to get candles I wandered over to the ribbon aisle, where everything was 50% off (like it is about every other week). So I bought a handful of ribbons in bright colors, and spent about $5 total.
I took each spool and cut two 9-inch pieces, two 12-inch pieces, and two 16-inch pieces from it, hoping to make sure the knots fell at different places on each strand. I tied four strands that were about sixty inches each, doubled them over in the middle, and knotted them tightly. Then I took the final strand, which was about thirty inches, and tied one end tightly below the big knot. At the other end I used one of the thinner ribbons to tie all the loose ends together and attach that end with a tight little knot just below the base of the big knot on the other end. Then I trimmed all the loose ends around the knot closure.
It ended up being about twenty-four inches long, so I can slip it over my head without untying the knot every time, which was my intention. Here’s the final product:
I thought with that big knot it would look awkward from the back, but it really doesn’t:
My only regret is that one of the ribbons I selected (the one with the multicolor stripes) was much stiffer than the other ribbons and keeps the necklace from having the loose, flowing look I liked in the original. But since I didn’t even use half the ribbon I bought I think it looks pretty fantastic for about two dollars! The next one I make will have all softer ribbons, perhaps some of them filmy. And I think one in neutrals would be pretty.
Priced at just $4.99, it is now available in every format your little heart could desire at Smashwords, or, if you prefer, it’s also for sale in a Kindle version at Amazon or a Nook version at Barnes and Noble!