Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Despite the rainy evening...

We had another Craftacular night Tuesday! YAY!!! We have had 2 classes in a row where not 1 but 2 tables were full! I need to get some more chairs, but hey, that's a great problem to have! I love seeing crafters out in full force and this group was as diverse as ever! Everyone that showed up was super cool and diverse, but when has it not been? We had a great grandmother, a boyfriend and

girlfriend, a 9 year old (she's a repeat!) and her cool aunt, among many others! I just can't tell you how much I appreciate all the support our craft night has been getting. It's so much fun to get together with new people and all share one common interest... making something! And it's such a great place to bounce ideas off of each other!

One of my favorite parts of the evening was when, at one point, everyone concentrating on their projects so much that the room was silent. All in all it was a great evening and making a fabic necklace is so fun and super easy.

so, i know... you are sitting in your desk at work, reading this and wishing you could make one too!!! well you can and here's how...

all you need is:
  • scissors
  • assorted wooden beads or marbles (we even recycled some beads from broken necklaces) it doesn't matter what they look like b/c they will be covered.
  • a 1-2 in. wide strip of a fabric of your choice... thicker fabrics make chunkier knots. (we were measuring the length of the fabric by stretching out our arms and cutting it as wide as our "wingspan"... i'm so technical!)
    *a little tip... i like ripping the fabric instead of cutting to make it look frayed. it give the necklaces a nice touch. just cut a slit to start the fabric and then pull!

once you get your strip of fabric ready, you simply fold it in half (to find the middle) and make a knot about an inch to the left or right of the mid point. it's easier to start in the middle and work your way out. place your bead as close to the knot as possible and wrap the fabric around it. then tie another knot. make sure your knot is as close as possible to the bead to keep it secure. repeat until you like how your necklace looks. i kept mine long and tie the two ends together to finish it off. that way, it just slips over my head for an instant accessory!

REMEMBER: a great thing about this project is you CAN NOT mess this it up! the look of it is really organic so if you run out of fabric, just knot more onto each end. and if you want to get really crazy you can even mix it up a bit and add a different print/color! JUST HAVE FUN! :)

oh and i have to give a shout out to my friend robin and joy! THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH for coming and helping out and staying late to clean up after! you are awesome!

i'm thinking up a project for next week so check back soon to see what it is!


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