Double-Strand Necklace with Leather, Swarovski Crystal Embellishment, Organza Ribbon and Aluminum Chain


Flowers are popping up everywhere--as lapel pins, jewelry components and accents on accessories. They are also found in all sorts of colors, from the PANTONE® color of the year, Tangerine Tango, to any shade of leather, ribbon or fabric you can find and in any combination you can dream up.

Crystal Flower

STEP 1
Cut a 3-inch square of Lacy's Stiff Stuff™. Cut out a small hole from the center to accommodate the point of the 18mm rivoli. The rivoli should sit flush on the Lacy's Stiff Stuff; if it doesn't, enlarge the opening in small increments until you are happy with the fit.

Mix a bit of two-part epoxy following manufacturer's instructions. Apply a small amount of the epoxy to the edge of the opening in the Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Set the rivoli in place then set the assembly aside to cure.
STEP 2
Cut about 3 yards of crystal FireLine®, then thread on a size 10 beading needle. Place a knot on the end of the thread. Coming up from the bottom, pierce the Lacy's Stiff Stuff right next to the rivoli. Pick up two Delica® beads then bring them down to the surface alongside the edge of the rivoli. Pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff right after the 2nd bead. Pass the needle back up at the beginning of the 1st bead. Pass the needle through the two beads then pick up two new beads. Pass the needle down, then up, between the 1st and 2nd bead. Pass the needle through the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beads.

Repeat, adding two beads, working back one bead in the previous pair and stitching through three to secure the beads to the Lacy's Stiff Stuff and to create a bezel around the rivoli with an even count of Delica seed beads.
STEP 3
Create a row of peyote. Pass the needle through the 1st bead. Pick up one Delica then pass the needle through the 3rd bead. Repeat all the way around, picking up one bead, skipping one bead in the base and passing through the next.
STEP 4
Create the next pass in the peyote row. Pass the needle through the 1st bead added in Step 3 to step up and position the needle for the next pass. Pick up a bead then pass through the 2nd bead added in Step 3. Repeat all the way around the rivoli to create a complete row of peyote.
Repeat stepping up and adding beads using the peyote stitch. Work until the beads create a bezel around the rivoli.
Do not create so many rows that the bezel starts to gap. Once you notice this, switch to rocailles to finish the frame.

Weave the thread down through the beads working in a zigzag pattern so the thread is never visible. Pass the needle through the Lacy's Stiff Stuff.
STEP 5
Cut six 1/2 inch x 3-1/2 inch strips of black leather. Place a light mark 1/4 inch in along the 1/2 inch ends. Using the hobby knife, cut slits into the leather at 1/8 inch intervals, not going beyond the 1/4 inch marks on the ends so the strips remain bounded in the piece of leather. Using the 1.7mm x 1mm oval hole punch, punch one hole in the center of each end of each strip of leather.
STEP 6
Draw a circle 1/4 inch from the edge of the bezel. Using the oval hole punch, place one hole just inside the circle. Place five other holes equidistant apart around the perimeter of the circle. Color the Lacy's Stiff Stuff with a permanent marker that matches the leather. Place a brad through a hole in the Lacy's Stiff stuff, right side of a strip (leather facing up), the left side of a second strip (suede facing up) and a flower washer. Place the assembly onto a steel bench block nestled into a sandbag. Using the ball end of a ball-peen hammer, gently tap the end of the brad so it splays out and secures the assembly together.
STEP 7
Place a brad through the next hole to the right in the Lacy's Stiff Stuff, fold the leather strip toward the next hole (leather end facing up) and place onto the brad. Add the left side of a second strip (suede facing up) onto the brad, followed by a flower washer. Repeat splaying the brad to secure the assembly.

Repeat all the way around the rivoli.
STEP 8
Bring the needle from the back to the front between the edge of the bezel and the leather strip. Work the needle so it is in a row in the peyote, level with the leather. Pick up five rocailles then pass the needle through the next bead in the row. Continue all the way around the bezel.

Weave the thread to the underside of the flower, tie off securely then trim.
STEP 9
Cut a 1-1/2 inch x 1/4 inch strip of leather. Using the oval hole punch, place one hole 1/4 inch in from each end of the strip. Color the Lacy's Stiff Stuff to match the leather. Place a flower filigree on the back of the flower and trim the Lacy's Stiff Stuff to mirror the shape of the flower. Thread a beading needle onto 1 yard of smoke FireLine, knot one end and weave it into the Lacy's Stiff Stuff near the edge.
STEP 10
Line the strip of leather up to the filigree flower to assess the best placement. Thread the FireLine through a hole in the filigree, a flat brass washer, one hole in the strip of leather, a flower washer and a gunmetal crimp bead. Pass the thread back through the washer, leather, washer, filigree and the base to secure.

Repeat this thread path to make sure the filigree and leather are anchored in place.
STEP 11
Continue to anchor the filigree to the base, stitching in the openings around the perimeter of the filigree.

Repeat Step 10 to secure the other end of the leather strip to the filigree, to create a bail for hanging the flower.

Knot and trim any thread ends.

Black and Pink Ribbon Flower

STEP 12
Cut a piece of leather 4-1/2 inches x 3-1/2 inches. Place a light mark 1/4 inch in along the 3-1/2 inch ends. Using a hobby knife, cut slits in the leather every 1/4 inch, not going beyond the 1/4 inch marks on the ends so the strips you create remain bounded in the piece of leather.
STEP 13
Using the 1.7mmx1mm oval hole punch, punch a hole at the base of each strip of leather. Repeat on the other end.
STEP 14
Cut out a 1-5/8 inch circle of black leather. Lightly score the following circles onto the leather: 1-3/8 inch, 15/16 inch and 21/32 inch. Score the circle with straight lines, dissecting it into eight triangles all meeting at the middle.
Using the smallest punch on the rotary hole punch, punch one hole at each intersecting straight line along the perimeter of the 21/32 inch circle.
Repeat, placing one hole centered in between the intersecting straight lines along the 15/16 inch circle. Repeat using the 1.7mmx1mm oval hole punch, placing one hole at each intersecting line and one hole centered in between the lines along the 1-3/8 inch circle.

Note: If needed, pierce the holes with an awl to clean out any fibers; use sharp scissors or wire cutters to remove any pieces of leather left behind from punching the holes.
STEP 15
Cut a 5-yard length of organza ribbon then thread on a wide eye needle. Lace the ribbon between one hole in the center circle and an adjacent hole in the 15/16 inch circle. Work the ribbon so the circle is centered along its length. Repeat, lacing the ribbon through the eight pairs of holes, keeping the ribbon loose in between each lacing. If needed, use chain-nose pliers to gently work the needle and the ribbon through the holes. Weave until the two ends of the ribbons meet along the outer circle. Tie the two together then pass the ends up to the top of the circle.
STEP 16
Cut a 1-1/2 inch x 1/4 inch strip of leather. Using the oval hole punch, place one hole 1/4 inch in from each end of the strip. Thread a brad through a hole along the outer row of the leather circle, working from front to back, then through a hole just made in the strip. Thread on a washer. Place the assembly onto a steel bench block, positioned on a leather sandbag. Using a ball-peen hammer, gently tap the brad until it flares on the end, securing the washer and the assembly together. Apply more force to the end of the brad to ensure the riveting is complete. Assess the rivet to ensure it is secure. If needed, flatten the brad further so the materials are flush or, if the washer pops off, repeat using a new brad.

Repeat, riveting the other end of the strip to the back of the leather circle.
STEP 17
Using flush-cutters, cut a 2-yard length of smoke FireLine and thread on a glover's needle. Fold the piece of leather in half, matching up the holes on each end. Stitch the two ends together. Repeat stitching so the seam is secure. Punch a hole above the last hole along the first strip of leather on one end. Repeat on the other end.
Pass the needle up to this hole then bring it across to the new hole on the other end, bringing the two ends together. Weave the thread through the holes on the end so the connection is secure and the leather now circular. Weave the thread so it exits the lower hole along one end.
STEP 18
Weave the thread through the holes along the bottom of the piece of leather and through the holes along the outside edge of the circle of leather, joining the two securely. Weave the thread through the holes at least two times. Knot the ends of the thread securely then trim.

Optional:
Pass the organza ribbon into the opening of the leather strips. Working each end of ribbon in opposite directions, wind the ribbon around, filling the opening as much as you'd like. Stitch the two ends together using crystal FireLine.

Tip: Use a permanent marker to color the crystal FireLine to match the color of the ribbon.

Ribbon Rose

STEP 19
Using flush-cutters, cut a 3-yard length of smoke FireLine. Thread on a glover's needle. Assemble one end of the black organza ribbon, lavender grey faux suede lacing and black brass mesh. Stitch the three together. Leaving a 1 yard tail of thread. Working along the lower 1/8 inch, baste the three layers together, working for the length of the brass mesh.

Tip: Use the thimble to help protect your finger as you press the needle through the layers.

Place a glover's needle on the end of the tail thread. Curl the end of the three layers then stitch the curl so it is secure.
STEP 20
Using scissors, cut a 4-inch square of Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Anchor the curl of ribbons to the center of the square. Stitch along the base of the ribbons securing it to the Lacy's Stiff Stuff. As you work along the ribbons, continue to curl them around to form a spiral. Secure the entire length of stitched ribbons to the Lacy's Stiff Stuff.
STEP 21
Trim the suede lacing and stitch the end so it is connected to the layers and the base.
Stitch the organza ribbon so it winds around the bottom of the rose, and begins to hang below the base.
Baste the top of the organza ribbon to the bottom of the row above, spiraling the ribbon downward for 3 - 4 layers.
Slowly pull the thread so the ribbon cinches. Stitch the ribbon to the underside of the base, covering the Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Anchor the cinched organza to the base. Work the thread to about 1/4 inch in from one end. Trim any excess organza.
STEP 22
Cut a 1-1/2 inch x 1/4 inch strip of leather. Using the oval hole punch, place one hole 1/4 inch in from each end of the strip. Line the strip of leather up to a brass filigree flower to assess the best placement. Thread the FireLine through a hole in the filigree, a flat brass washer, the strip of leather, a flower washer and a gunmetal crimp bead. Pass the thread back through the washer, leather, washer, filigree and the base to secure.

Repeat this thread path to make sure the filigree and leather are anchored in place.
STEP 23
Continue to anchor the filigree to the base, stitching in openings around the perimeter of the filigree.

Repeat Step 11 to secure the other end of the leather strip to the filigree, to create a bail for hanging the flower.

Knot and trim any thread ends.

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