Sunday, March 11, 2012

handmade vintage button necklaces by ione

It's no secret that my mother, Ione has been my source of creative inspiration and resourcefulness.  Several months ago, she started a project of crocheting a bib necklace and embellishing it with beautiful, vintage buttons.  She made a couple more.  She sold a few to family and friends.  I offered a little design input and the project grew to include more than a dozen.  We are debuting her gorgeous work here!  The one-of-a-kind necklaces will be available for sale soon at ionesAttic website.

Ione prefers designing with the natural colors of stone, ash, metallics and mother of pearl.  But she has played with color.  The blue denim crocheted bib was achieved with many hand dips in bluing before adding the buttons.  Working with black crochet thread created a more elegant base for black, crystal and silver buttons.

      dare I say, she named this  Red Hat Lady

Martha of opendoorstudio took this photo of mom and me at a yard sale last autumn.

For those of you who are familiar with my etsy store, you will recognize my avitar in this picture.  This photo was taken at Ione's 90th birthday party, at the same site she had tended bar nearly fifty five years earlier.  We're adding this autographed photo with every necklace order.

In store March 15th!


Opendoor Studio said...

What a joy. Her necklaces are beautiful and you are both darling as can be. Thanks for sharing!

Nells Vintage House said...

Those necklaces are amazing!

Very avant garde bridal jewelry. I feel like they should be a show stopper piece in some trendy fashion forward magazine. So great!

Donna @ A Pained Journey said...

I absolutely LOVE the necklaces! They are gorgeous works of art! The photos, especially the last one at the bar, is just fantastic!! The necklaces will be a huge success!... Donna @ Stellabystar

Teresa of GloryBDesign said...

The necklaces are gorgeous! I especially love the metallic one on black! Tell Ione I think she is amazing! You're not too shabby yourself! LOL!

Teresa from

JD said...

The necklaces are such a beautiful work of art, and would make a wonderful heirloom piece! It is so great to see old buttons being recycled into something new (and yes, I recognize a few of the buttons ~:-D). I love the picture of you and your Mom, and that this is a project you can work together on - THAT is really precious! I have no doubt these beautiful necklaces will sell quickly!

NewToYouJewelryShoppe said...

What a fantastic work of art. I really have a fascination for vintage buttons. One might know that by peeking in my shop ;) But these are marvelous. Best of luck to you!

Terri B.
Touche' Vintage
New to You Jewelry Shoppe

Nadja said...


My name is Nadja, I'm brazilian.
Her necklaces are charming!
I absolutely love!
If I publish on my blog, give the credit to you blog, ok?