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Ribbon Rose Necklace

Ribbon Rose Necklace

Erin here, today I bring you a special project, created by my talented jewelry maker friend Kathy Frey.  I wanted to created something unique, so I called up Kathy and asked her if we could do something with some of her wire jewelry pieces and ribbon, and I have to be honest, she ran with the idea, I was just an innocent bystander, but I’m in awe of the final result.

Ribbon Rose Necklace

To start with cut out the background with felt, using a pattern created on cardstock.  Once you’ve got the pattern sorted, sew the ribbon to the back of the felt.    When you sew the ribbon to the felt they should also cut the chain so it hangs in a tiered formation & hand-stitch it to the felt backing as well. Next you’re going to want to take a nice length of both the chevron twill ribbon and the satin pleats and stitch them together.

Ribbon Rose Necklace

Next up you’re going to start with the wire and insert it through the end of the ribbon and then shape the wire into a ball, creating the individual pieces.

Ribbon Rose Necklace

To roll the ribbon rose, pass a threaded needle through it after each turn to hold in place. If you create a slightly domed rosette as shown, place a piece of felt in the hollow before stitching the rosette to felt backing. In the end, you will want to stitch the rosettes to each other for added support.  And finally take the pieces and wrap the ribbon around and around till you create the right sized piece and hand stitch the ends to the felt and then add a clasp to a piece of the solid wrinkled ribbon.

Ribbon Rose Necklace

Blog post by: Erin Thiem

May Arts Ribbon Used:

May Arts Ribbon Chevron Striped TWill

May Arts Wrinkled Ribbon

May Arts Satin Pleat Ribbon

Other Supplies Used:

  • Flat felt, approximately 6″ square
  • Wire = 20 guage wire, approximately 5′ to form wire balls
  • Jewelry Tools = wire cutters, chain nose pliers
  • Chain= approximately 2′ length
  • 2 fold-over ribbon crimps + clasp for finishing
  •  To learn more about Kathy’s amazing wire jewelry making skills check out her book Elegant Wire Jewelry.
  1. Sue D

    Wow–gorgeous necklace.


    Super neat necklace

  3. Carla Hundley

    Really interesting necklace.

    Thanks for the ideas.

    Carla from Utah

  4. TracyM #6773

    WOW – this is FABULOUS!!!

  5. Valerie

    Beautiful!  I want one!

  6. Charlene

    So pretty!  Love the cool wire centers and the elegant ribbon flowers.


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