Saturday, April 2, 2011

mission: DIY missoni necklace

Missoni crochet-knit necklace








Fact: Missoni is, hands down, a great designer.  
The maison's garments are a perfect blend of colors, textures and intricate patterns. All of the above could be a taki taki mixture if you just screw up one or the other.
So, bravo Missoni, indeed.

I was browsing the net-a-porter website and stumble on this necklace. Pretty, uh? Yes, so the 280$ price tag...











--> Supplies :

* my little toy, the spool knitter and its tapestry needle (Caron Embellish-Knit! Machine Kit)
* masking tape
* a short piece of chain
* the glue gun 

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--> the Missoni necklace how-to / tutorial:

* knit 4 cords of about 18" each (let's say each one 3/4" longer than the other) 
* with the tapestry needle, bind off the 4 stitches of the cords and weave the tail in.
* also weave the other side of the tail in.


* grab your masking tape and stick it around the cords making stripes about 1/4" smaller than the size of your masking tape
* get your blue paint (I decided to go more on navy blue than this kind of indigo-purple-ish color) and start painting the cord by dabbing the paintbrush into the knit
* let it dry... don't be in a hurry, it's not worth to mess it up!






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* remove the masking tape
* and start making some other stripes with the masking tape, sticking the tape over the blue lines and giving about 1/8" on each side of extra coverage.
* mix some white and blue until you get to the shade of lighter color of your choice.
* paint the new set of stripes
* LET IT DRY!!!






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* remove the masking tape

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* plug your glue gun 
* glue the tip of your cords and put them into the end caps
*... yes let it dry (and cool off)
* slide the four cords into the splitrings on both sides
* slide in one side the big clasp
* and in the other a piece of chain


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Mission Missoni accomplished!

xox, d.
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29 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job. Your attention to detail is flawless.

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  2. This is SO gorgeous! You are very talented! WOW! I'm visiting from Debbies'! ♥

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  3. What a great necklace inspired by a great necklace.

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  4. Really neat looking! Visiting from Debbies.

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  5. very creative i love diy Hi my name is Monzie,...please feel free to check out my blog.. and if you like my blog id love you to follow.

    xoxo

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  6. hiya , what a great job hard to tell the difference other than the price ! tfs
    xmaggiex

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  7. wooo! thanks girls! what a treat to get up in the morning and find so many wonderful comments... thanks!!

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  8. That looks great! As good as the "real deal".
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  9. wow..do you have patience!! Came out great!

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  10. thanks! patience or ocd? dilemma dilemma....

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  11. Very clever - I bet it's a very soft necklace, too. Well done!

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  12. Thank you! it's soft, I'm thinking to make a "winter version" which will double as a neck warmer! :)

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  13. What a great idea... I wouldn't have ever thought to do that... not in a million years.
    I'm following you from Tutorial Tuesday.
    Please follow me at:
    www.daughterbydesign.blogspot.com

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  14. I don't have the jewelry hardware to make this, but I could just make a really, really long cord, tie the ends together and just drape and twist until I have several layers on. Very cool!

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  15. You can definitely make it this way!

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  16. I saw this on I Spy DiY.
    This is absolutely amazing! LOVE it.
    xx
    maya

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  17. WOWza seriously this is impressive!! I am a little obsessed with diy jewelry.

    -Following

    Delighted Momma

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  18. I just found your gorgeous necklace with excellent how-to directions. Question--does the necklace "bleed" with the fabric paint onto your skin or garment? any experience with the fabric paint on this? thanks for any info on this.

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