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August 7, 2009

Sewn Jewelry

Filed under: Accessories,Designer Inspirations,Embellishment,Georgene — georgene @ 1:35 am

L pearl grosgrain tassle necklace

l necklace detail Several high profile designers have some interesting jewelry in their collections right now. Both Albert Elbaz at Lanvin, and Oscar de la Renta have some statement pieces that rely on needle and thread as much as chains, pearls, and beads.

bead and tulle necklace
Here are some of my favorite pieces in this category of sewn jewelry.

O pearl chain necklace copy

I have recently discovered The Ribbonerie in San Francisco’s Laurel Heights. Oh my, there are ribbons and laces, antique and modern, beyond description. So no excuses! since there is no problem getting access to beads and different chains…

Let us know if you have seen any other examples of sewn jewelry online. It’s a fascinating category.

tulle pearl necklace


  1. Exquisite, really. I make something like this using elastic thread for wearing like a crown. A woman has to earn her crown and it is designed to show somnething of what she is queen of. They look very celebratory and fortunately don’t look too young even on women old enough to have earned a crown.

    Comment by Judith in Umbria — August 7, 2009 @ 6:14 am

    • Judith-do you have a photo you could share? Your design sounds lovely. I was thinking it might be a fun thing to give to ladies in retirement homes or nursing homes. Most of them have certainly earned their crowns for navigating through life and sharing what they have learned so far. Thanks, Starla

      Georgine – Thanks so much for sharing this with us. These pieces are gorgeous and inspiring! There are so many ways to use our needles to express our creativity. Thanks again, Starla

      Comment by Starla — August 7, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  2. Ahh, illustrations have loaded and I can see what the excitement is about! those are lovely pieces.

    I’ll have to check out the Ribbonerie next time I go to SF. It was near my hotel the last couple of times I was there, but I didn’t have a lot of time for shopping the neighborhood due to the Sewing Workshop. It looks lovely.

    Comment by Nancy (nanflan) — August 7, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  3. Very beautiful designs!! excellent creations. i simply loved all of the designs.

    Comment by meenu @ rare coin jewelry — August 7, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  4. I love this stuff too, and I’ve been looking for the right materials to make some. I think that a trip into the city is in order

    Comment by Nancy K — August 7, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  5. It’s worth looking at Glennis’ work. She dyes and pleats silk (bias cut) strips – calling them silk shibori ribbons. You can see what she does at: including viewing her you-tube demos. She sells online (Etsy) and through retailers. She also teaches online and IRL. So far I’ve only purchased two of her dyed ribbons but I’m happy with the quality of the silk and the richness of the color. The pleating makes it fun to play with
    Thanks for showing these inspiring images, Georgene!

    Comment by Miriam — August 7, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

  6. The latest Burda has an example of pearls and ribbon trim made into a really neat necklace. It is the only craft in the magazine that has a new look to it. Everything else has been so done before.

    Comment by Bunny — August 7, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

  7. I love the shot of Paulette’s SF shop! Thanks Miriam for recommending a visit to my blog to view my shibori ribbon. You can see how Melanie Doerman uses it in the current issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry and see more of my other work in next month’s issue of Belle Armoire.

    I love adornments that make use of ribbon & fiber in combination with traditional jewelry materials.

    See all my other events on my facebook fan page Shibori Girl Studios.

    Comment by shiborigirl — August 7, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

  8. If I might add another amazing and inspiring ribbon shop:

    Nancy’s Sewing Basket in Seattle.
    The ribbon and trim selection is awesome, and the adorable shop space is set up like a vintage French millinery boutique.
    As for fabric! This is one of the last true fabric stores (sigh).
    It is a destination for any travel to that city.

    (this is my review —

    Comment by Jen — August 8, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  9. Oh I’m super jealous of this ribbon wall! My ribbons are always such a MESS!

    Comment by Lynds — August 19, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  10. Nice post. These necklaces are creative and feminine.

    Comment by I love exotic accessories — September 2, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

  11. get overstatement necklaces for a reasonable price


    Comment by Cheny — January 12, 2010 @ 4:19 am

  12. did you make the first one? or is it from lanvin?

    Comment by Cheny — January 12, 2010 @ 4:25 am

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