Get The Look: A Handmade Lace Necklace

Today’s Get the Look blog post comes from Emma Milroy who organises for Judy Berger, the Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair. She recently made the cutest necklace and posted it on Facebook…we loved it so much we asked her to share how she did it with you all.

Over to Emma:

“The other weekend I went to a workshop to learn how to make an embellished lace collar at the “Make Do and Mend” in Chelmsford. It was run by Charlotte from Lotts and Lots who can be found here

After being shown a few examples and the basic techniques we would need to use, we were set free to select the stones, beads and chain. Next was the fun part of playing with where to place all the beads and stones.

Once I was happy with the layout it was time to start stitching everything into place. I chose a gold chain that had been sprayed neon yellow. Using pliers I attached the jump rings and lobster clasp to the chain which I cut to 50cm length. Once all the beads and stones were in place I stitched the chain to the lace collar. And voila  there was my final necklace!

It was great to end up with something unique to me and within a short space of time. I am looking forward to getting lots of wear out of it. I already have friends wanting me to make them one, so who knows – it’s a fairly therapeutic way to spend an hour or two.”


We love that it is simple to make with only few items yet can make a unique collar that is both fashionable and affordable. Why not use vintage lace and beads and sew them to a necklace for a more vintage look. It would be great in black…or dye the white lace a funky colour.

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  1. 7 November 2013 / 9:13 am

    We love the mend and make do era, especially when it comes to mending our favourite vintage dress! What a brilliant idea to make a unique necklace!

    • Your vintage life
      7 November 2013 / 12:13 pm

      It’s nice isn’t it…I want one!! 😉

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