I decided last winter that I wanted one of these beaded bib necklaces, and I put a little effort in at the tail end of Christmas break. This is how far backed up I am on projects: I just finished it today. Finally. whew. It's big, but it's simple; I might add some more frills to it later, but I kind of like the clean graphic quality it has right now. And it's fairly large for my frame, I should add: from tip to tip, the bib is about 4 1/2 inches wide, so I'm not sure I need to overwhelm myself with my jewelry.
The beads in the main body are tri-cuts my partner's mom gave me; she bought them decades ago and they probably actually date from the 40s or 50s. They're this beautiful purpley-grey-brown colour, and sparkle from the cuts. Nice! The edging is in peyote, simple black 12-ought seed beads. I worked it on calico leftover from a skirt I altered, backed with fusible web leftover from a home project. The strap is leftover leather thong strung with stone and pewter beads my partner's mother bought in Mexico. All in all, I paid about $5 for the fusible faux-suede that I used to back this thing, that's it.
Much better than dropping $230+ at a store for a new one. I think I might try wearing this layered with some chains; any thoughts?