Day 16: Twisted Pearls – a diy pearl necklace

I am a lover of peach.  Peach and champagne – even better.  I love this necklace and it really is quite simple and easy to do.  I know that since I put my original post up for 24 Days of Girly Glam, you all have been waiting for this lovely necklace.  I didn’t want to wait until the end, so here it is!

There are so many fun things you could do with this technique.  Imagine changing the ribbon color, the ribbon width, the pearl color, the pearl size, the kind of beads.  Endless creating with just this.  I added a button closure to this necklace because I thought tying four pieces of ribbon might get a little unruly. I think my daughter will prize this, and if she doesn’t, it might just end up in my closet!

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Materials:
Embroidery thread (DMC 5)
Apprx 40 glass pearls (8mm)
2 yards 3/8″ ribbon
Needle
Button (optional for closure)
Elastic cord (optional for closure)

Time: 40 minutes

Cut two 36″ pieces of ribbon.  Cross them about 10 inches in and start your thread in the center of the ribbons. I tuck the tail under the loop at least twice.

You are going to start the beading on the side with your tail, so bring your thread back through. This side below will be facing out (people will see it).

Trim your ends and thread your first pearl.

Take one of the long tails of ribbon, thread the embroidery floss through it such that the ribbon rests nicely on top of the pearl, without a big gap. You are not going to use the 10″ tails of ribbon, so ignore those and keep them separate from the longer tails.

Put on another pearl.

Now take the OTHER long tail you haven’t used yet, and go through that with the thread and needle such that that ribbon rests nicely on top of the pearl.

I’ve twisted the strand here so you can see how the ribbon lays nicely across the pearl.

Place another pearl and keep repeating, alternating the long tails of ribbon.  Remember, that a pearl goes on every time you bring a piece of ribbon up and over.

It will start to look like this.

When you get to the length of twisted pearls that you like, end it by bringing up a tail of ribbon without placing a pearl. You want to finish it such that the orientation of the finish is similar to the way you started so that the necklace lays nicely on the neck.

Finish your thread off once.

Then bring the thread back through a few of the pearls and finish the thread off as hidden as you can make it inside the strand.

Tie the ends of your 10″ ribbon tails together.
Tie and trim the other side so the ends match.

Sew a button on one of the ends.

Sew the elastic cord in a loop on the other end.

From the outside, the elastic looks like this:

I think this closure looks quite nice.  If I had had a pearl button, I would have used that.

FINIS!!


Don’t you just want to make a ton of these?

My daughter just asked for another ring – never fear, one’s a coming.  Maybe not tomorrow but in a couple of days . . .

  1. Sharon

    Just found you today & looked back at all the projects. I can’t tell you how much I love this! I have so many people, including a 7 yr. old grand daughter that this will work for. Your work is exquisite & thank you so much for sharing! I just got more & more excited!

  2. anne

    Sharon – thank you so much. What a lovely comment. You just got me so excited!! It is great hearing that so many folks will be trying these projects, especially with the little girls in their lives. happy making!

  3. Anonymous

    Ooh. I think I like this one even better than the first ribbon/pearl necklace.

    Susan

  4. Anonymous

    WOW! Fantastic ideas, can’t wait to try this one too.
    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the world.

  5. Laura

    This is such a wonderful necklace – beautiful work! Perfect last touch for the evening outfit – whatever it would be to wear. thank you for sharing!

  6. Janet

    I think you’re wonderful! #16 is my favorite – very elegant! I can’t wait to use some of your ideas with when my granddaughter visits next summer!

  7. Anonymous

    Does anyone know how long this ends up being??

    • anne

      Mine end up being about 22 inches.

  8. Darla in Colorado

    Just made this necklace in black with steel blue pearls. LOVE IT!!!! My daughter wants one now and she is 25! Thanks for the tutorial! Keep on crafting!

  9. really amazing simple ideas!! totally love it :) thx alot!!

  10. Anonymous

    This is an utterly brilliant idea! I must make one for my mother on her birthday! :)

    • anne

      I’m so glad you like it! Thanks so much for the comment! Your welcome to all those wonderful commenters above, too! Thank YOU!

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