I'm Amy Conway, editor-at-large for Martha Stewart Living Magazine. The Crafts Dept. asked me to share this bead dyeing project with you...
On any given day, you’ll find one or two MSLO staffers wearing long strands of wooden beads in muted shades of blues and greens. Silke came up with the idea for these boho-chic necklaces for a story in Living, and when she sold them at our holiday crafts fair, we all bought them!
My good friend Marni admired my beads and wanted some of her own, so we decided to spend a day making the necklaces with our daughters, Virginia (age 6, mine) and Ava (age 5, Marni’s). I ordered the beads—about a thousand of them!—from craftparts.com, and Marni bought leather cord and RIT Dye from Michaels. (By the way, if you love these beads but don’t have time to make them yourself, Silke sells the necklaces at her online store Eklis).
Our girls LOVE crafts, and despite the sophisticated results, the project was perfect to do with kids. It was a glorious sunny day, so we set up in my backyard, with cooled dye in beach pails. I had intended to follow Silke’s dye “recipes” exactly, but we ended up improvising, dipping the strands into one color, then another. It’s not an exact science, and that’s what makes it so much fun.
The necklaces are gorgeous. We made about twenty strands, for our mothers and as teacher’s gifts—and for ourselves, of course!