Taught by her grandmother, Julie Blagojevich began crocheting when she was eight years old. She has crocheted everything from afghans to sweaters, but her favorite things to make are small items–necklaces and purses.
On a recent trip to Tampa, Florida, she visited a local yarn shop and purchased two skeins of Alchemy Silken Straw. Playing with those skeins gave her the idea for silk necklaces. They are corded strands with attached medallions that give the look of long, beaded necklaces.