January 31, 2011

a necklace tutorial and a giveaway!


Don't you think that it's been forever since Studio Waterstone has hosted a giveaway - a PROPER giveaway? So, with eco-friendly recycled goodness, colorful stones, and a fun tutorial in mind, why don't we get this party started! First, the tutorial...just in case you don't win. (Note: Giveaway is Closed)

studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace


What You'll Need:

recycled leather - a small scrap about 3" x 3"
scrap fabric to coordinate with
assorted bead and/or stones
small needle and thread
two strands of twine - silk or waxed linen (I used the linen) each about 39 - 40" long
button
glue
fray check

Tools:
sewing machine
hammer and awl to poke a hole through your leather
or a small drill



What You'll Do:

studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Remember last week's tutorial?
I used a scrap of leather from an old handbag to make the leather cuff.
This week I'm using the same piece of leather.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Draw a circle on the backside of the leather - mine is about 1 5/8"


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Cut out your circle


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Gather your scraps and stones. Cut a couple of different sized circles from your fabric.
I cut one smaller than the leather and one larger.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Time to sew!
I prefer to stitch with a contrasting thread and make it a little messy and whimsical.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Scratch up the edges of the fabric a bit to ravel and then use your Fray Check.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Attach your stones and beads now with the needle and thread.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Time now to poke a hole through the upper part to attached your necklace.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Take your two strands of twine and find the middle, stick it through the hole and...


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
...pull the thread back through the hole.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Pull tight and separate two strands on each side.
Time to play!


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
I begin threading my beads and knotting the twine.
I'm measuring for an approximate 18" necklace.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
See the button? I tie it onto one end and tie a loop onto the other end to create the clasp.


studio waterstone tutorial recycled leather necklace
Love the organic feel.

***NOTE***


This Giveaway is Closed.



61 comments:

  1. super cute! Love your tut, but I'd rather win yours than make my own. I am now a follower!
    Erin S

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  2. Well..... i'm a loyal follower of your blog... have been for a while, I really Like you on facebook and i shared your facebook post thingy on my wall.

    GynnaB

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  3. Oh how lovely this necklace is! And it makes me, yet again, vow to learn to sew... Unless, of course, I win the awesome giveaway :)

    I'm a follower, just FB'ed your giveaway, am a FB "liker", and will be blogging tomorrow (hopefully anyway!)

    Happy Day to you!

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  4. What a great tutorial! You have me looking at old leather in a whole new way! I would love to win this thank you very much!!!
    Shannon

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  5. Already a fan! I did post on my facebook page! Whoopie!

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/My-Life-Under-the-Bus/165270740165621

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  6. What a lovely necklace...a very creative way to use up scrap leather!

    Count me in on your giveaway!

    I'm already a follower of your blog, and
    I'm already a 'liker' of your Facebook page :-)

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  7. I love the organic feel too! Simply fabulous!

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  8. I like your FB page. I also "shared" your link with my personal friends. However, I'm not sure how to link my post.

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  9. following WaterStone .. love this necklace. You make it look so easy to do.

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  10. Hi Lori,
    I gave a little mention on my FB page
    http://www.facebook.com/savvyspaces
    I can't wait to see the purses you add tonight....

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  11. I "like" you on Facebook 'cause I really like your designs and your recycling mentality. Thanks for the terrific tutorials.

    Ann
    mycriticaleye.com

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  12. I have been following but now am doing it officially. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. What a gorgeous focal! I love that you use recycled leather in your piece!

    Alice

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  14. That is a beautiful tutorial. If only I knew how to sew. Can I use a glue gun or duct tape? teehee!
    And I am a follower.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  15. I could totally see this necklace being sold at Anthropologie! Maybe they will be knocking on your door?

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  16. what a fabulous tutorial! I'm a follower!

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  17. What a great tutorial and beautiful necklace! Thank you for sharing it! I am now a follower on facebook, twitter and blogger. :D

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  18. What a lovely necklace. I've followed your blog now and know I'm going to enjoy it!

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  19. I'm a follower!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  20. I'm a fan on facebook too! :)

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

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  21. Love that necklace! I made something similar for a challenge about two weeks ago. Fun to use all those leather scraps I have. :-) I became a follower.

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  22. Liked you on FB, too. Fun things you do with leather. Off to browse your blog some more.

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  23. I love this necklace the finished project and the inspiration.

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  24. I blogged about it here:
    http://theprettybee.blogspot.com/2011/02/color-me-happy-outfit-4.html

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  25. What a great tutorial! If only I liked my sewing machine.

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  26. And...I am a liker on Facebook! I posted about this on Facebook too!

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  27. Now I'm a follower on your facebook! Marge B.

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  28. I love the tutorial and will definitely give it a try!

    Wanted to wish you good luck with all of the changes happening in your life. Blessing to you in the coming weeks!

    I'm a follower and have posted the giveaway on my blog

    http://kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com/

    Take care!

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  29. Love the necklace and all of your work. Follow your blog and like your FB page and follow that.
    Heather

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  30. Oooh...love it! And you know I am already cyber-stalking you (in a nice way) all over the net. :)

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  31. This is really gorgeous, and I love the tute too! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  32. Okay, I posted on facebook and my blog with links.....I just love this, and your products our beautiful!

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  33. Almost missed this one...glad I got here in time! I certainly don't have the patience to make one of my own, plus I haven't learned how to use my sewing machine yet, so I'd love to win one! Still, I enjoyed your tutorial and bookmarked it for someday when I'm feeling ambitious :)

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  34. I shared your giveaway on my personal Facebook page:

    http://www.facebook.com/LisaAPetrillo

    And my Lucid Moon Studio Facebook page:

    http://www.facebook.com/lucidmoonstudio

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  35. Love to try my hand at the give away!

    I follow... and have been for quite awhile...

    I have blogged about your give away
    via...
    http://zibagz.blogspot.com/2011/02/february-is-here.html

    I like you.. however I do not like face book it is too overwhelming to keep up with it all...

    I do have you listed on the side of my blog as a favorite read.. even includes a photo of recent activities... that is how much I like you ~:o) but you know not as a stalking kind of way.. in case you were wondering....

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  36. Awesome tutorial and necklace!

    I am officially a follower

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  37. I just "liked" your FB page as well.

    Looking forward to catching up on your blog. This is my first visit!

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  38. Hi, I'm a new follower. Love the necklace and thanks for the tutorial.Karen

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  39. I'm not a follower but I am now! I can't believe it took me so long to jump on board.

    Thank you for the tutorial! but I hope I win so I don't ahem....actually have to use my sewing machine. It is evil and sometimes I hear it growling in the closet.

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  40. oh my..this is really beautiful! thanks for sharing your "how to"!

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  41. Lori,

    Inserted your tutorial and giveaway on my blog.
    http://rtbrnthnkng.blogspot.com/2011/02/giveaway-alert-studio-waterstone.html Loved your piece. You did a great job on presenting your tutorial, the projectory of the images are great.

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  42. So glad I've stumbled across your blog - your pieces are so creative! How nice of you to not only share the how-to but also the finished art!! I am now a stalker, er, uh, follower. Yeah, that's it, I'm a Follower......

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  43. I shared on facebook and here's me:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/shannon.chomanczuk

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  44. Oh my gosh! this is gorgeous! Love it!!
    I'm now a blog follower!

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  45. Love the necklace - your ideas are always so uniquel. I am now a follower.

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  46. Wow- what a beautiful necklace- I will definitely try this. What kind of sewing machine do you have- mine is kind of wimpy.

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  47. LOVE what you do!!!
    Just found you through Livewire Jewelry.

    I am now following your blog AND "liking" you on Facebook

    I am thrilled at a chance to win that lovely necklace. Thank you!

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  48. I follow, I blogged:
    http://graygirlstudios.blogspot.com/2011/02/giveaway.html
    I like, and I talked about it. Hope to win the eco-friendly, recycled goodness!

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  49. Gorgeous necklace- thanks for the wonderful tutorial- I think I am going to try one- but I would like to win yours too. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  50. And I "liked" you on facebook too.

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  51. Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/

    Contact me here if you have a concern.

    Jane
    http://diylessons.org/

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  52. Wow, what a beautiful necklace! This is my first time here - I came via LiveWire's blog post. Thanks for the tutorial - I will have to try it out!

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