When Joan Shay, Marilyn Brandt and Fran Prouty met at their local water aerobics class, they instantly bonded over their love of crafting.

They talked about how accessories these days were too heavy to wear in the Florida heat. While admiring a scarf that Brandt was wearing, they got an inspiration for Necks Best Things.

“We all put our talents together and came up with a great line of fashionable, beautiful and lightweight accessories,” Shay said. “We each bring something different to the table, but most of all we have a good time and share lots of laughs.”

Shay has been teaching three-dimensional quilting all over the world for many years and is one of the last people who uses the 3D technique. She now uses this art in her accessories, sewing flowers and geometrical designs while making necklaces, earrings, pins and scarfs. Brandt said she is the bolder one of the group, always coming up with out-of-the box designs and ideas, and Prouty heads up the financial aspect while maintaining their website and Facebook page.

“We use only fabrics and yarns to make all of our products,” Shay said. “So far we’ve sold them at local markets, and a few stores have picked them up to sell in their shops. We can customize anything with school colors or even match colors for a prom or wedding. The possibilities are truly endless.”

They began making scarves out of yarn but soon upgraded to ribbon. Each scarf uses upwards of 20 different strands to create a colorful accent piece to compliment many different outfits. Each scarf is a one-of-a-kind design and runs $22 to $35.

Their fabric necklaces highlight the three-dimensional quilting technique. The whole necklace is woven together and secured with a magnetic clasp. These have become their most popular products at an average of $32 each.

“We are always coming up with new designs and color ideas,” Brandt said. “We like things that are different and something you won’t find anywhere else. Our motto is ‘Accessories are like friends; you can never have too many.’”

Necks Best Things products are sold at Leaping Lizard in Summerfield and the ladies will be setting up booths on Jan. 21 at Art in the Park at Log Cabin Park in Lady Lake and on Feb. 11 at Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair at the Polo Grounds in The Villages. For more information, go to www.necksbestthings.weebly.com.