Debbie Jackson upcycles t-shirts with striking ethnic polymer beads.

Debbie was wearing this version and she shows us how she turns her thrift store finds into fashionable, no-sew necklaces that can be wound around and worn long or short. She also makes a bracelet version with a toggle clasp.

Debbie and I both live in Ohio but we escaped the political intensity and headed to Kentucky last weekend. Thanks to Debbie for sharing her design and for rescuing the camera I left behind.

  • reply Ronna Sarvas Weltman ,

    Lovely — Debbie’s art always makes me grin. I bet she can’t walk two feet without someone stopping her to exclaim over this scarf. T-shirt scarves are dangerously addictive to make. You can also buy tube-knit cotton at the fabric store and embellish it with fabric paint before cutting. Or sometimes I just paint it with bleach and get a sort of tie dye effect (but if you paint it with bleach, wash the fabric before making a scarf, because it can get a strong smell from the bleach). Tutorials all over the web — here’s a simple one:

    • reply rmkdesign ,

      Debbie is just a delight–I was fortunate enough to meet her at the IPCA retreat, and her display was a joyful noise. She interprets traditional design into vivdly contemporary ways, and makes the most of the color explosion that is polymer. I love this combination–must go try!

      • reply Lorrene Baum-Davis ,

        Oh, Debbie… I truly miss you sistah of my heart. Have a blast at Synergy next year. This new work of yours is so awesome…. Rock on!

        • reply Christine Damm ,

          I love the way she turned the toggle into a focal. And it’s stretchy so you can customize the fit. Thanks for sharing this, Cynthia!

          • reply carissa ,

            i love the idea of fabrid necklaces for the fall and winter. it just adds a layer of warmth and color. awesome work debbie!

            • reply Jan Montarsi ,

              I’m always excited to see Debbie and her bright exciting work. I was lucky enough to end up with one of her Poker chips !! One of these days I hope she has a nearby workshop. ( Hint hint)

              Cynthia your camera was on the raffle table I’m glad it found its way home and not as first prize !! Ps I won the Simple Slicer

              • reply Francie Owens ,

                Way to go Debbie. I love, love, love your up-cycled necklaces. So, clever and beautiful.

                • reply Carol Lessans ,

                  Love this idea and Debbie’s beads are fab! Here is a video from Beads, Baubles and Jewels. My husband may soon be missing some t-shirts!

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