How to make watercolour lace statement necklaces

Get revamped Victoriana style with one of Jeska Hearne’s antique lace statement necklaces, updated with splashes of aqua and jewels aplenty

We’re loving lace and all the fresh new design twists we’re seeing on this most classic of materials right now. These statement necklaces are so pretty, and pack just the right amount of punch with their bold colour wash and striking jewelled embellishments.

There’s minimal sewing involved here, making it a great project for a quiet weekend morning or rainy afternoon. It’s also a really good opportunity to use up any scraps of lace trim that have been hanging around in your stash but not yet put to use. If refreshing shades of blue and turquoise don’t float your boat, there are heaps of Dylon fabric paints to choose from – perfect for experimenting with palettes.

Materials:
• Cotton or linen lace scraps at least 20cm in length (or a vintage lace collar if you can find one – Etsy is a good source)
• Inexpensive chain necklace with clasp closure
• Dylon fabric paint pots
• Paint brush
• Mixing palette
• Sewing needle
• Beading needle
• Beads and sequins
• Cotton thread in a matching colour
• Kitchen towel
• Jar of water
• Scissors
• Waterproof surface
• Iron

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Step 1
Choose your lace, preferably cotton or linen as they take the dye in best. Vintage lace collars are great if you can find them, as they’re the perfect half moon shape for a necklace.

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Step 2
Decide on your colour scheme and mix up your paint palette.

Step3
Place your lace on top of a double layer of kitchen towel on a waterproof surface.

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Step 4
Water down the colours slightly to give a more muted effect and then start to paint, building up the colour in layers.

Step 5
Dab off any excess paint with kitchen towel then place near a radiator to dry.

Step 6
Once dry, iron the lace between two clean pieces of kitchen towel with the iron on the hottest setting to fix the dye.

To make a collar necklace

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Step 7
Fold the lace over at the top and stitch to create a tube, then feed the chain through and out the other side. Gather and fasten in place at each side of the chain with a needle and thread.

Step 8
Embellish your motif with a nice scattering of beads and sequins.

To make a rosette necklace

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Step 9
Fold your painted strip of lace in half and stitch across the end. Press the seam.

Step 10
With a needle and thread, sew a loose running stitch along one edge. Then, pull thread ends gently to gather into a rosette.

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Step 11
Decorate with beads and sequins – as many as you like!

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Step 12
Turn the rosette over and secure the chain to the middle of the fabric with stitches.

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Step 13
Put a couple of small stitches at each side in the top of the rosette at 2 and 10 o’clock to keep it flat on the chain when worn.

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Step 14
Now your necklace is ready to wear – dress up jeans and a tee or add extra wow factor to your favourite dress.

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MMS36This project was originally featured in Mollie Makes 36.

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