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Crochet and Jewellery Making: A Success Story?

Crochet and Jewellery Making: A Success Story?

Crochet isn’t often associated with jewellery making. When we think of jewellery, most of us imagine elastic thread and wires — what we’d expect to see in accessory stores. In actuality, jewellery making can be far more diverse, borrowing techniques from a multitude of other crafts. Today, we’re going to focus on one stitch craft rising in popularity: crochet.

It can be difficult to find unique jewellery, especially on the high street. Thankfully for us crafters, we don’t have to go through the turmoil of doing that. For a unique piece of jewellery, many crafters turn to crochet to open up their creative possibilities. The best part about it? Necklaces and bracelets are so small that you don’t have to learn many stitches.

This type of jewellery is quick to produce and simpler than crocheting a jumper or stuffed toy. The techniques enable you to create standalone knots and loops in all sorts of shapes and patterns — something not as achievable with beading thread, jewellery wires, or chains.

The best time to start learning how to crochet jewellery is right about now. Summer is drawing to a close (boo!) which means that autumn is just over the horizon — the best time of the year for crochet jewellery. Not only will it fit in with current trends, but yarn and thread are much more comfortable to wear when the weather cools down than cold metal.

If there’s one expert that we want to talk to about this subject, it has to be Sarah Millsop. Here are her thoughts about what happens when crochet and jewellery making collide.

“Crochet — The Crossover Craft”

Crocheting is a fabulous and versatile technique. The basis of this technique is working with one strand (thread, ribbon, yarn, etc.) and a working ‘loop’, as opposed to knitting which works with rows of ‘loops’. This means that crochet can lend itself to jewellery really well.”

“By using a single chain stitch, I can create a simple necklace without the need for any metal findings. People often have sensitive skin and don’t get on well with metal findings like clasps and jump rings, but by creating a soft, fluid piece with crochet, you can do without!”

“I love to see crafters experiment with crossover crafts and skills. Many crocheters wouldn’t think they could use their skill set to make beaded jewellery. Likewise, I’ve only ever learnt to crochet for jewellery. The fact I can do basic stitches has led me to home decor projects.”

‘Crochet Lariat Necklace’ — Sarah Millsop

“This very simple but effective necklace is made using a simple stitch. The most difficult part of this jewellery is just pre-threading all your beads! As this is a long lariat, there are no metal findings or clasp, so it’s also a great piece of jewellery for anyone with sensitive skin. Simply wrap it around as many times as you like and you can adapt how you wear it as you like.”

TotallyBeads introduced us to knitting with beads in the fabulous Metallic Thread Knitting Kit earlier this month. When I was given the metallic threads, I thought they would look fantastic as a chain foundation in a lariat necklace… so I dug out my Crochet Hook!”

“If you already know how to crochet, it’s quite simply a single/chain stitch knotted and glued to secure when you achieve your desired length. If you’re yet to learn, follow the simple steps in my project. This is a great use of TotallyBeads metallic threads, ideal for many projects!”

“Let us know what you create with any crafting crossover! Love, Sarah.”

Read the Full Crochet Lariat Necklace Project Here!

Check out our Crochet Beginner’s Guide to learn more about this versatile craft.

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3 thoughts on “Crochet and Jewellery Making: A Success Story?”

  • Hi I have tried this and like the effect but find the threading of the beads on beforehand puts me off as it is very time consuming and I like to pick up my hook and yarn and just go – [a bit impatient I know]. Any tips for speeding it up?

    • Depending on the size of beads you are using, you can use an easy eye needle (one where the whole body of the needle allows for threading), but the holes in your beads will need to be big enough to take a double width of thread. Otherwise, run/dip a few inches worth of your thread into a wet glue (like PVA) or clear nail polish. Allow it to dry and cut the tip to a fine point. Your thread will be rigid enough to use it as a needle and it will also prevent the end from fraying.

      Hope this helps, love Sarah x

  • Hi Sarah
    I currently do paper crafting and sell my cards, and also a little sewing but want to get into jewellery making as something to do for myself. I thought I would first attempt to make bauble hooks for the Christmas tree but am not sure what gauge of wire to use. Can you help?

    Thank you in anticipation.
    Karin

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