This week, author Suzann Thompson shares some ideas for how to turn crocheted motifs from her books into simple, wearable jewelry.
Flower jewelry is all the rage, from pretty and inexpensive floral bib necklaces in the mall, to the stunning three-dimensional rose jewelry by Prada in the pages of fashion magazines. But you don’t need to buy flower jewelry. You can make your own!
Start with a simple pendant necklace, like this one made from Grandma’s Windmill Flower on pages 114-115 of Crochet Garden. I crocheted the flower using No. 10 crochet cotton (see details below),blocked the flower, then added a chain as follows:
Make a chain of ch st, at least 10″/26cm long.
Sl st into the point of one petal of the flower.
Continue ch st to match the length of the first chain (at least 10″/26cm long) PLUS 2 sts, turn.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each ch, stopping one st short of the sl st which attaches the chain to the flower.
Sk the ch before the sl st, sk the sl st, sk the ch after the sl st.
Sl st in each ch, until 1 ch remains. Sc in last ch. Fasten off.
Weave in ends. Tie the necklace around your neck and enjoy!
The double Mexican Hat (pages 24-26 of Crochet Garden) makes a lovely brooch. Once again, I used No. 10 crochet cotton to make the flower (details below). Safety-pin the flower from the inside of your garment (pin closes on the inside, flower on the outside).
I hope these ideas will get you started making flower jewelry. You can go on to try different flowers, explore the possibilities of making earrings, and maybe even use flower cloth technique to make one of those cute bib necklaces. The sky’s the limit!
Details for flowers shown here:
Both are made with Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, Classic 10 cotton thread.
For the Grandma’s Windmill Flower pendant necklace, using crochet hook 3.50mm (size 00 steel U.S.), or size to obtain a relaxed gauge:
Golden Yellow #422
River Blue #820
For the Mexican Hat pin, using crochet hook 2.00mm (size 4 steel U.S.), or size to obtain a firm gauge:
Fudge Brown #131
Victory Red #494