By Faith Morgan, associate editor of fresh style
My grandmother is an antiques dealer—which is really just a fancy term for hoarder. Much of the furniture and decor in my apartment filtered through her home at one time or another. She knows that I love vintage style, so she’s especially keen on giving me bits of old jewelry or retro trimmings—usually accompanied by the declaration, “But that’s not old. I used to wear that.”
I spent years with this fantastic length of orange and white flowered trim from Granny. Do you ever have those pieces that you’re reluctant to cut into because you like them so much, and you’re afraid to mess them up? This was one of those things for me.
Once I finally mustered the courage to dive in, I really enjoyed working with the material. To make the most of what I had, I cut it up into smaller bits to use as accessories—plus it was such a busy pattern, it would have been majorly overwhelming used as a single piece. I snipped and clipped, following the lines created by the pattern, to create bib necklace shapes. (Not wanting to waste a single bloom, I even used the leftover scraps to make earrings and barrettes.)
I dipped the shapes in liquid starch, and laid them flat on wax paper to dry overnight. For some, I used jewelry findings and chains to turn the shapes into necklaces and earrings. For others, I hand stitched ribbons onto the corners of the starched trim. (I also stitched little bits of felt onto the backs of the ribbons to keep them from snagging or fraying.) I left one longer length unstarched and stitched a long, wide ribbon on each end. I like to tie it on as a belt over plain shirts and skirts.
Everybody on our staff is a DIYer of some kind, and a lot of the projects you see in the pages of the magazine are things we actually do and use. So be sure to pick up a copy of our September/October issue for more fun and fancy ideas from our super-creative team!
Our beautiful friend Amita was kind enough to come model the necklace for us at one of our favorite cafes, Seeds Coffee.