My friends and I took a visit to the delightful little gem of a store on Saturday, filled to the brim with second-hand treats; a kaleidoscope of colour and bohemian flair. I've published a review about it on weekendnotes.com.au here. We all walked away with a number of fashion bargains.
I couldn't pass by a $3 necklace which caught my attention for a few reasons. Not only is this pretty piece a colour and style that I love, but on closer inspection I'd noticed how it'd been made; upcycled from a panda print necktie and wooden beads.
Initially I thought to myself, hey I could make that, and then remembered I've actually made one very similar a year ago using a sleeve of a paisley shirt and thrifted beads.
I followed a tutorial to make my necklace by Katja on Of Dreams and Seams. Going back over her tutorial I've noticed Katja actually used neckties for her necklaces.
Katja's designs are a little different, she closes the end of her necklaces with a metal clasp whereas my purchased necklace is left to tie in a bow:
:: Necktie Bow ::
After a little google research, I find plenty of upcycled necktie beaded necklaces in similar style, floating around the www:
:: Upcycled Necktie Beaded Necklace by Artstar by Aletha ::
:: Necktie Redo by The Crafting Chicks ::
:: Lilac Striped Necktie with Silver Beads from Herties ::
Aren't they great? I'm inspired to buy a couple of beautiful silk neckties and wooden beads from the nearest thrift shop, and get crafting for Christmas gifts. Are you inspired too?