How to Make a Washer & Yarn Pendant

06 Sep 2007

I was rooting around in my "projects under consideration" box this morning, and found these pendants I made a while back. They use ordinary hardware store washers and leftover worsted-weight yarn, and they're easy to make. I think they'd look cute with cool-weather clothes.

You start with a washer -- I'm using a 7/16" one here, but you can use any size you like. And you also need some yarn - about a 36" strand. You can use really any fiber you like - I'm using some acrylic stuff here. This project could also be interesting with novelty yarns.

So you thread your yarn onto a blunt tapestry needle. Then you take the other end of the strand, and lay about 1/2" of it against the washer, like you see here.

Next, you bring the needle up through the center of the washer, and begin wrapping the yarn around. Start your wrapping so that you wrap over that end-bit. (This side of the washer is now officially the back side.)

You want to wrap the yarn very tightly around the washer. Tight as you can.

See how the yarn wraps are closer together near the center, and farther apart our at the edges? This is how you want the yarn to lay as you wrap. In a moment, you're going to wrap a second layer that covers up these spaces.

Here's the first layer, all wrapped.

Now, flip the washer over so you're looking at the front side. Begin wrapping the yarn around a second time. And this time, wrap the yarn around each of the spaces you left in your first layer. Again, keep that wrapping very tight!

At some point in this layer, you can add a jump-ring. Just string it onto your needle, and slide it along the yarn up to the washer.

Now, wrap the yarn around the washer tightly, and tweak the jump-ring into place so it's sitting on the edge of the washer. Make a second tight wrap through the jump-ring.

. . . And then continue wrapping until you've wrapped the rest of the washer.

Now you can flip the washer over to the back again. Pass your needle through a few of the wraps on the back. (And if you've been wrapping tightly, this won't be super-easy to do. And that's a good thing.)

Cut the end of the yarn close to the washer.

. . . And voila! This little guy is a blank canvas. The photo at the top of this post shows a number of ideas for embellishing your pendant. So embellish away, and have fun!

Comments

That would be pretty with embroidry (sp) floss too. Maybe the shiney ones or the metalic ones..... Hmmm mind is turning now. ;)


These are beautiful. I wonder if my teen art students could do it...
So much fun!


Ooh, that's a fun idea, mommastormy! Thanks so much for posting it here!


I am sharing your tutorial on our Stash busting blog. Please Check it out if you get a chance.


Great idea :D


I love how you call it a blank canvas! I see endless possibilities for this idea. Pipe cleaners anyone? :)


Look at that manicure! Nice hands. :)

I already whipped up my version ... of course I have washers laying around my stash. I hope I have time to post them tomorrow. Such a great, quick project!


Nice idea. think this could be incorporated into many uses.


I found this and have decided to make a few. I thought that with the holiday season coming you might appreciate a though I had....If you do the first and second wraps alternating between red and green it would make a lovely wreath. If you then cut out some felt holly leaves and tack on a trio od red sequins..... I hope you enjoy.


I did a couple of these about a year or so ago, then felted the yarn by dropping the whole thing in boiling water, then throwing it in the dryer with some towels.


wow ...very wonderful hand made. Then... thanks for inspiration.


Hi!

These look really cool, If I get a chance I'll try these!

:)


That is so cool. I have some very small washers and what a great idea for earrings and other types of jewelery. I can see them wire wrapped! Keep up the great postings.


This is so awesome! I make hemp jewelry and I bought some washers a while back hoping to do something with, and I never did. But after reading this I have a lot of ideas flowing in and out of my head right now..haha!
THANK YOU for this!

peace & love,
flowy87


I go to a women only Christmas party every year and all of the ladies are asked to bring handmade gifts to exchange. I think this is wonderful and what I will be making this year!! Thank you so so much for a fantastic idea!!!!!!! And thank you to all the wonderful follow up ideas!!!!!!
Hugs, Ashlyn


That would be pretty with embroidry (sp) floss too. Maybe the shiney ones or the metalic ones..... Hmmm mind is turning now. ;)


I am sharing your tutorial on our Stash busting blog. Please Check it out if you get a chance.


Great idea :D


I love how you call it a blank canvas! I see endless possibilities for this idea. Pipe cleaners anyone? :)


Look at that manicure! Nice hands. :)

I already whipped up my version ... of course I have washers laying around my stash. I hope I have time to post them tomorrow. Such a great, quick project!


These are beautiful. I wonder if my teen art students could do it...
So much fun!


I found this and have decided to make a few. I thought that with the holiday season coming you might appreciate a though I had....If you do the first and second wraps alternating between red and green it would make a lovely wreath. If you then cut out some felt holly leaves and tack on a trio od red sequins..... I hope you enjoy.


Ooh, that's a fun idea, mommastormy! Thanks so much for posting it here!


Nice idea. think this could be incorporated into many uses.


I did a couple of these about a year or so ago, then felted the yarn by dropping the whole thing in boiling water, then throwing it in the dryer with some towels.


wow ...very wonderful hand made. Then... thanks for inspiration.


Hi!

These look really cool, If I get a chance I'll try these!

:)


That is so cool. I have some very small washers and what a great idea for earrings and other types of jewelery. I can see them wire wrapped! Keep up the great postings.


This is so awesome! I make hemp jewelry and I bought some washers a while back hoping to do something with, and I never did. But after reading this I have a lot of ideas flowing in and out of my head right now..haha!
THANK YOU for this!

peace & love,
flowy87


I go to a women only Christmas party every year and all of the ladies are asked to bring handmade gifts to exchange. I think this is wonderful and what I will be making this year!! Thank you so so much for a fantastic idea!!!!!!! And thank you to all the wonderful follow up ideas!!!!!!
Hugs, Ashlyn


Yes, it is one from the olden days. :-) I love what you did with the washers! They look amazing in multiples like that. Thanks so much for sharing the link!


i've only just realised how old this post was! i found the picture on pinterest and used your instructions to make myself a necklace - thanks so much for posting :)
pictures here if you would like to see them http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/woolyarn-wrapped-washer-necklace....