DIY: Woven Chain Collar Necklace

The best kind of crafts are crafts with friends, which is why today’s DIY is extra special… a little collaboration with my pals at Honestly WTF.   A few weeks ago, I flew out to San Francisco.  From there, we drove up to Nevada City for a weekend of crafting in the woods.  Our first project was a woven chain collar necklace.  What I love about it is that we both put such a different spin on the project.  I went with bright colors and chunky yarn, whereas Erica used a more delicate curb chain and embroidery floss.  I absolutely love how each necklace turned out… it was fun to see how we each put our own personal spin on the project.  Make sure you get over to Honestly WTF to see Erica’s version – it’s truly stunning!

I loved the way the gray, brown, and pink yarns look together.   It’s a great project to make for Fall, as it will look amazing paired with wool sweaters and chunky knits.

Materials  / Where to Buy:  Curb Chain in three different sizes // 6mm Rhinestone Chain – Ebay is an amazing resource for this! // Yarn in three different colors  (We used this one from Lion Brand) // 3 strand clasp // 6 5mm Jump Rings


Don’t forget to swing over to Honestly WTF to see Erica’s more delicate version, right this way!

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  1. hannah says 8.28.12

    Grace! I love this necklace! I cant wait to try it out

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      thank you, Hannah!

  2. Elizabeth Schneider says 8.28.12

    Both designs are gorgeous! I love that theirs can be a bit dressier but yours makes more of a statement. So fun.

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Exactly – it was so much fun to see how we each took similar supplies and came up with something so different. I love both, so much.

  3. Tierney says 8.28.12

    Cuteeeee.  I want to try this with red and navy! 

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Oh you must! Would be very you!! xx

    • Grace Atwood says 8.28.12

      I have to disagree with you, Alyssa.  While I absolutely love the necklace you link to, what differentiates the necklaces that Erica and I made is that our chain is woven together, resulting in our necklaces being one solid piece… whereas the necklace you link to leaves the chains loose!  Thanks for sharing… I wasn’t familiar with MISS until you linked to them!

  4. Deryl Jenkins says 8.28.12

    Luv it!

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      thanks, Deryl!

  5. Elizabeth says 8.28.12

    Will you just be my personal jewelry maker!?!? You are amazing!! I’ve got to go see Erica’s too! xoxo Elizabeth

    P.S. Swirl and The Now are hosting a  J. Crew Gift Card Giveaway make sure to enter!!

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Haha you are too sweet. Glad you liked it!

  6. Deana W. says 8.28.12

    This turned out so beautiful, I love it!

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Thanks, Deana!

  7. Fee_DP says 8.28.12

    Your little tip with that tape is amazing, I always find myself struggeling whenever I am using yarn! Thanks
    Fee xx

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      It really makes it so much easier!!!

  8. Erica & Lauren says 8.28.12

    can’t wait to have another DIY rendezvous with you again soon!! xoxo

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      ME TOO!!!

  9. Alyson says 8.28.12

    Absolutely love the final result and that last picture of you is so pretty. Your eyes are such a pretty hue of blue. 🙂 

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Aw, you are too sweet. xo

  10. Nice work lady! That last photo is so pretty : )

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Aw, thanks Erin! xo

  11. Emily Lunstroth says 8.28.12

    so so cute need to get on this asap! 

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      I hope you do it!! x

  12. tanya_caines says 8.28.12

    Love the necklace, you’re so beautiful too! wow x

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Aw, thank you!

  13. Fashion-isha says 8.29.12

    It’s gorgeous..I just pinned it! But it looks like a lot of work!

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      It’s a bit of work, but the end result is so worth it!!

  14. Sara B says 8.29.12

    So pretty! Both of you! Love it and thanks for the sources for your materials, I was surprised how much more affordable they were than I thought. Glad you had such a fun trip! xo

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Aw, thanks Sara! I know – the materials really weren’t too bad, cost-wise!

  15. inhonorofdesign says 8.29.12

    Completely fabulous! Great collab! That is a weekend that I need to try sometime -all DIY:D 

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Thanks, Anna! xoxo

  16. Chrissy says 8.29.12

    Absolutely love this! Such a great idea. xx 

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Thanks, Chrissy!

  17. you look GORGEOUS! love the necklace! 

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12

      Aw, thanks Jordan! Heart you!

  18. Prettybluerose says 8.30.12

    I’m lovin your sweater! cute!

    • graceatwood says 8.31.12


  19. and-mary says 9.17.12

    it is so beautiful!! I would love to make one myself. 
    The problem is, that I don’t quite understand the description on the curb chains. 
    Which size did you use? Could you maybe send an exact link to those you used? Or do you now which chain size honestlywtf used? 
    Hope you’ll answer. 

    xoxo Marie

    • graceatwood says 10.1.12

      Thank you! I used three different types of curb chain. I think the most important part is that you use three sizes… a small, medium, and large. We both linked to where to buy the chain in our posts… it’s from Meteliferous!

  20. barefoot duchess blog says 9.21.12

    amazing! you are so talented!! loved the photos =)

    • graceatwood says 10.1.12

      Aw, so happy you liked it!

  21. Willi says 1.28.13

    Love it and loves your friend’s necklace too!

  22. Willi says 1.28.13

    Love it and love your friend’s necklace too!

  23. cindy says 4.27.13

    I absolutely LOVE this! I assembled all my supplies last night and I’m anxious to get started.

  24. Clare says 5.2.13

    So I bought the .129 curb chain but it seems kinda small but it looked like that was the biggest kind on Meteliferous, but yours looks a lot thicker what kind did you use? also it seems redder then yours didn’t you use the brass one? please reply

    • Grace Atwood says 5.3.13

      Hi Clare, I bought my chain at NY Beads in Manhattan. I’m sorry – the Meteliferous was the closest match I could find online! You might want to try looking at your local bead store and showing them a pic? Hope that helps.

      • Clare says 5.3.13

        Okay thanks i think the chain I got will work, but It was just smaller than I imagined but it will work

  25. Susan says 7.10.13

    Just wondering how well the chain holds up – does it start to turn colors?

    • Grace Atwood says 7.10.13

      It depends what kind of chain you use – if you buy good quality brass curb chain it won’t!

  26. Cat says 7.23.13

    I loved this tutorial thank you so much for posting it!! I ordered the chains from metalliferous and the chains are nothing like the ones they show in the website, they are ridiculously small and the color is more copper than brass! Just thought I’d let you know so you could take it down before more people make the same mistake I did