I'm not a frequent DIYer but these chokers I made are so crude and simple and awesome, I love them. Originally I wanted to make an all-black one, but there wasn't any black lace, or cream lace - only white.
First I made a navy on white choker, with white satin ribbon ties. Next was a burgundy on beige one, with cream gauze ribbon ties, which I purchased to go with the tea-dyed lace. I didn't sew the gauze ribbon on securely enough so had to fold and resew them on in an ugly way, but I took more care with this next emerald and cream one.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 30cm velvet ribbon
- 30cm galloon lace (with symmetrical edges, i.e. double-edged)
- 2 x 30cm gauze ribbon
- needle and thread
Buying white lace instead of cream lace opens up more colour combinations, because you can leave the lace white, or dye it with tea.
DYING THE LACE
If you can't find any cream-coloured lace, you can very easily dye some blinding white lace using a teabag. Pour some hot (but not boiling) water into a small bowl or yoghurt pot. (If it's a yoghurt pot, try not to melt it.) Pop in a teabag and give it a good squeeze. Leave in for a couple of minutes.
Submerge the length of lace into the tea, and leave for five minutes or longer, depending on how dark you want it. Once, when you fish it out, it's a shade you're satisfied with, leave it to dry on the windowsill.
SEALING THE RIBBON ENDS
Light the candle and run the ends of the lengths of gauze ribbons near the flame. Watch the ribbon melt and recede from the flame, to stop the ends fraying. If you're paranoid, have a jug of fire-extinguishing liquid (like, water) nearby, for peace of mind.
SEWING EVERYTHING TOGETHER
Here's what we've got so far.
Fold the end of the gauze ribbon over a few times, and stitch the folds to the underside of the end of the velvet ribbon. Because the gauze is thin and weak, folding it will hopefully secure it from being pulled out. Repeat with the second length of gauze ribbon, on the other end of the velvet ribbon. Now you have the ties.
|Sewing on the ties|
INSPIRATION AND REFERENCES
- Lace-dying tutorial using tea from Cation Designs
- Choker by AmeliaLune
- Katherine Glendenning from BBC period drama The Paradise
|Katherine Glendenning from BBC's The Paradise|