Nursing necklaces, breastfeeding necklaces, mommy necklaces – call them whatever you like, I think they are pretty cool. After all, especially with a baby in her arms, every mom want to feel pretty. But she needs something that will survive the incessant pulling and tugging. That’s why textile necklaces are such a great option. And if the right colours and materials get combined, even the baby will be able to appreciate their visual appeal while letting her tiny fingers explore the different textures.
This simple pattern can be executed in either monochromatic tones or in a range of colours from contrasting brights to coordinating pastels to soothing neutrals. Beads are an optional addition – their weight adds substance to the piece but they are not necessary.
With a knot closure, the length of the necklace can be customized. This way, the necklace can be worn with many different shirts regardless of how deep their necklines are. And the mom doesn’t need to worry about the closure snapping!
I came across this crochet technique when browsing the Internet for nursing necklaces – child-safe pieces of jewelry that make the mama feel pretty while offering adequate entertainment and visual stimulation to the child she’s nursing.
In its pure form, oya lace is in fact a form of needle lace, and is most often found adorning edges of scarfs – along with a lot of tiny beads. But I found plenty of crochet versions – and they inspired me. This is my interpretation of Turkish oya lace and how it could work as part of a nursing necklace.
Almost all of the nursing necklaces I found contained either a plastic, metal, or wooden ring that was crocheted over. The idea of plastic or metal doesn’t really appeal much to me, and even though an unfinished wooden ring would be fine, the hassle of having to purchase some first got me thinking about alternatives.
Why not use thread only? This way, the necklace is safe, soft and pliable, and easily washable.
The individual flowers are quite small, but weigh just enough to keep the chain nice and taut.
Made in neutral tones, it could be a nice accessory for a woman who doesn’t even think about children!
I really like the initial results – and I already have ideas on where to take it next. More Turkish crochet necklaces are sure to come.