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A fear of sameness and how to make a cochet necklace saviour

by Cybele
Does sameness scare you? Every now and then it gives me the heeby geebies. It happened the other day, so I’m fighting back with a doily.
My crush for crochet started with a friend of my mother’s, Phoebe. She breezed in and out of our lives, arriving with a laugh and disappearing with a twinkle in the eye. The ten year old me couldn’t get enough of her stories of lovers and other adventures. Like the time she cut a hole in the middle of her mother’s crochet tablecloth and wore it as a dress, in all its holey glory, to an ultra-conservative party. She wore a good pair of knickers.
On Saturday night we went to a party with a conservative crowd and I realised I wasn’t wearing a crochet dress. Instead, I was dressed the same as everyone else. It was a 70th birthday party… oops!
I wanted to rush home and cut a hole in my tablecloth, but I love it too much.
On Sunday morning I woke up with a plan and during the babies’ afternoon sleep I pottered away while the rain pattered on the roof. The last time I played around with my thrift shop crochet was in the summer heat and I ended up with Christmas baubles.

How to make a crochet necklace

Ingredients for an easy crochet necklace

Saves $13 (let’s just say you could buy one for $15 and your thrift shop crochet also cost 50 cents a piece)
Reusing fabric significantly reduces carbon emissions, water use and packaging.
Nail file or medium-fine sandpaper
Clasp from old necklace (not pictured)

How to make a crochet necklace

1. Snip the skewer to match the width of the doily. You can probably do it with a really sharp knife, but I do love any excuse to bring out my big Bertha scissors. File any rough edges with a nail file or little piece of sandpaper.
How to make a crochet necklace2. Cut the doily about half an inch up from the centre.

How to make a crochet necklace


3. Give the cut skewer a good coat of glue.
How to make a crochet necklace3.  Roll towards the centre, as tightly as possible.
How to make a crochet necklace4. Stitch along the skewer to help set the glue. Leave the ends long and loose. Mr 4yo woke up and my necklace clasp went walk about (no doubt it’ll turn up tomorrow), so I can’t show you how to tie them on this time, but thankfully it’s pretty easy.
How to make a crochet necklace Or you can just tie it on as I did. Why let perfect be the enemy of good?
Seriously, this little tutorial is really just the beginning. Have a play. Why should the kids have all the fun? You could spray paint it neon or add embellishments.Doily-necklace-sq1
Bele x
Has anyone else had a  ‘I dress like my parents’ freak out?

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  1. this is so pretty! I’ve recently started saying phrases that my mother uses, like “pull yourself together!” which has freaked me out. I never thought I would sound like that.

  2. Hilarious, I wonder if it’s inevitable that we turn into our mothers? I now have my mother’s habit of getting everyone’s name confused x

  3. I LOVE this necklace and it is so easy to make. Gosh you’re creative! 🙂 Would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.

    • Cybele @ BlahBlah

      Bec, you’re a sweetheart. I know you must be creative to be able to do the job you do. Plumbing takes a lot of lateral and creative thinking x

  4. I absolutely love this necklace. It is so cool and creative and really funkifies (is that a word?) a classic outfit. Loving it!

  5. I am guilty! Love the necklace. Such a great idea and very feminine 🙂

    • Cybele @ BlahBlah

      You’re amongst friends! I don’t know many of us who don’t end up with some similar habits to our parents x

  6. Oh my goodness! Look at those scissors!! Love! That necklace looks beautiful one you. Isn’t is wonderful to be individual. That’s what I love about meeting new women–we are all so different and beautiful. Just like this site. Thanks for a nice visit!

  7. Thankfully no I’ve never dressed like her because she has no style. You will never catch me in a beaded shift dress or 10 year old high waisted stonewash jeans.

  8. Gosh you look absolutely stunning in this photo lovely! I would have NEVER thought to do this – love me a doily with a small vase of flowers on it xx!

  9. Very clever! Looks gorgeous and works perfectly with what you’re wearing. Will have to have a scour at St Vinnies for some doilies!

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