Wardrobe Style Board: Oversized Cardigans & Sweater Jackets

Wardrobe Style Board: Oversized Cardigans & Sweater Jackets | Grey Wool, Drape Cardigan, Belted Sweater, Plaid, Black & White, Cocoon Cardigans | PepperDesignBlog.com

plaid coatigan | belted merino wool cardigan | long grey sweater | cocoon sweater
dark grey drape cardigan | b&w cocoon cardigan | mottled grey loose sweatermason wool plaid

There’s nothing quite like a great layering piece on a crisp day. Perfect for throwing over a tee + leggings + boots or even under a larger winter coat as it starts to get really cold. I love the cut of cocoon sweaters and think that they’re especially amazing right now :).

More fall! and more wardrobe fall finds: red plaid + cognac leather and hunter green + soft suede.

Handmade Gifts: DIY Giant Beaded Necklaces

Handmade Gifts: DIY Giant Beaded Necklaces | PepperDesignBlog.com

I shared earlier this season about my new love of oversized beaded necklaces. They so easily serve as that one statement piece (throw it on and you’re ready to go!) and pair perfectly with classic, everyday jewelry. I invested in two that I adore, but then while at Jo-Anns recently to pick up a few craft supplies, realized that they would be pretty easy to make (even sans jewelry tools – which always feels like more of a daunting project).

Handmade Gifts: DIY Giant Beaded Necklaces | PepperDesignBlog.com

Supplies:

1mm leather cording
Oversized beads (mine are from Jo-Anns, Etsy is a great place to search, too)

It’s that easy! I’m a fan of threading in odd numbers (3, 5, 7, etc) and I always add a basic double slipknot (or an ‘adjustable set of knots’) to the back of the necklace so that I can shorten or lengthen the necklace depending on what I’m wearing. Sometimes it’s fun to wear these much closer to the collar, sometimes hanging very low (such as when layered with multiple necklaces).

Here’s a quick overview of a slipknot:

Handmade Gifts: DIY Giant Beaded Necklaces | PepperDesignBlog.com

1. Cross over the two ends of your necklace, one tail should be 4-5 inches because it will become the second slipknot. 2. Tuck the smaller tail underneath the longer tail to create a ‘P’. 3. Wrap the tail of the P up and over the first tail to create a circle. 4. Wrap the end of the smaller tail around the two cords, looping them OVER and on top of the circle 2-3 times. 5-6. Push the end of the tail back through the new loops. 7. Pull tight (you can trim the extra bit of tail now, too). 8. Repeat using that longer 4-5 inch tail to that you’ve reserved to create a second slip knot so that the knots are side by side. Now you should be able to adjust the space between the two to create a sliding cord! (if I failed miserably at explaining the above, here’s another tutorial for a basic adjustable slipknot).

PS The gradient pink necklace in the above example is coming up as a featured post soon.

Handmade Gifts: DIY Giant Beaded Necklaces | PepperDesignBlog.com

Thanks to friends Cassie and Diana for modeling the new natural woven beaded necklace and turquoise green ceramic necklace that I made using these basic steps. Cost came out to about $4 each (used those great 50% off coupons from Jo-Anns ;)) and I adore them. Happy beading!

This is the first in the 2014 handmade gift series (checkout some favorites from 2012/2013) and you can find all posts chronologically listed here. I can’t believe we are six short weeks from Christmas! 

A New Site Design

Welcome back! You might notice that things are looking just a bit different around here. I’m still playing around with elements of the new design and I’ll be back shortly to share about the new theme (and the great plugin that the design is built around), the installation of the theme (Codeable!) as well as give a little tour and walk through the redesign process for updating this WordPress site.

Have a beautiful Tuesday and see you very soon :).

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