Of course, there are situations where the lanyard cord must be uniform--but if you can stray, I say make your own artistic piece!
Recently I was sorting through some vintage sewing supplies I inherited in my family and came across a well worn and well loved sewing measuring tape. This old thing even had stitches on it! (I presume to hold it together) I put it aside, and then found it again the other day, and decided to make something with it. I put it around my neck and realized, it wanted to become a lanyard!
It's actually pretty handy to use while working on a project because although you can stitch and add your mixed-media fabric art to one side, you still have a measuring tape on the other side, and I made this one in particular to hold my stork scissors when I'm working on embroidery--as I tend to carry it around the house and gardens with me sometimes.
|The old measuring tape|
|Once I unraveled the old tape, this is what it was wrapped around!|
|Upcycling some good plastic packaging into a new lanyard!|
|You'll find plenty in your stash to create a mixed-media lanyard.|
I also found some old lanyards in my stash, that were kind of boring, and because they were specifically for a place of business where I once worked, I would never wear them--so, as soon as I finished the first lanyard, I started with a second, which would be more of an upcycling project with the same mixed-media principles of adding strips of fabric, embroidery, sequins, buttons, and a charm.
I even added a big charm to the plastic protector part--very cute! I think you could add some beads here too.
The next time I teach a workshop, whether it's art journaling, embroidery, or just a crafty afternoon with pals--I'm making lanyards for everyone!
It would also be fun, in the event of a crop or a crafty day to have everyone bring their own wearable art to show off!
Eat, Write, Dream, and Stitch some wearable art.