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Thursday
Mar142013

DIY Embroidery Thread Wrapped Earrings

This is a special guest post was created by Anne Weil of Flax & Twine. Find more handmade lovelies, simple design and beautiful inspiration on her inspiring blog.

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Hi everyone!  I’m so happy and honored to be a guest poster on Creature Comforts today. I’ve been following along with excitement as Ez has shared her big move with us. Having just moved across the country myself, I am empathetic to the anxiety and discombobulation that comes along with the thrill of a moving adventure. To pack up all your stuff and leave your known environment, only to arrive in a place that needs a lot of settling can overwhelm anyone! Ez has handled this transition seamlessly and gracefully on the blog. She makes it all look so easy. Nonetheless, I am hoping this post eases her blog burden ever so slightly in the transition. I adore this fun jewelry tutorial. I hope you do, too!

I originally made a neon green version of these hoops for an 80's Halloween party­–perfect under the black lights. When I went to pick colors for this tutorial, however, I pulled this more gentle color palette with a punch of black. I think it's so lovely. These hoops are simple to make, yet such a fun splash of hand made in your wardrobe. Add the ability to customize every pair and you might just not be able to stop making them. I adore these little black and white ones.

These hoops make for a fabulous last minute, personalized gifts, too!  Here's the tutorial:

Supplies needed:

  • Embroidery thread (I suggest DMC 6-strand floss for a smooth finish)
  • Inexpensive hoop earrings (I found these at Target)
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Cut 40” of chosen embroidery thread colors for a large hoop, less for smaller hoops. If you place the hoops in your ear before you start, it will help you decide where to change colors and place the majority of your design color work (remove hoop from ear before next step).

Start by placing a small bit of craft glue at the end of the hoop.  

Take desired embroidery thread colors and line them up parallel to the hoop, placing the end of the thread in the bit of glue. Choose the thread color you want to start with and begin wrapping it around the hoop...the other colors you aren’t using they go along for the ride (make sure they are being hidden by the thread color that you want to have showing). Keep wrapped thread snugly side-by-side so you can’t see the hoop or other colors underneath.

When you want to change colors, drop the first color parallel to the hoop and start wrapping with the next color you’d like. Repeat to change colors again. Change as many times as you'd like.  

When you get to the end, place another small bit of glue. Wrap thread directly over that glue, using your finger to wipe away any excess. Trim the embroidery thread colors that you are not using first as close to the hoop as possible. Then place a little extra glue to secure the remaining thread over the ends of the other colors, and trim excess. Repeat the finishing process on the other side of the wrapped hoop. Repeat full process for your other earring. Voila!

To create the striped earrings, simply wrap the embroidery threads together at the same time, as if they were one. Keep them in the same alignment as you wrap, and finish with the same process as used above.
 

So fast, easy and fun! Happy Hooping!

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Don't forget to visit Flax & Twine for more DIY projects and inspiration.

Reader Comments (14)

I love these!! Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

What a cute project. I love big earrings, but I have such a hard time finding hoops I like. This will have to get added to my To Do list!

Love the color scheme for these, especially the big hoops.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittni

Wooow, these look great! I'm not a big earring type of girl, and I rarely wear earrings, but these look so cool that I think I'll just have to go to a local art supply store and try and make these! Thanks for sharing :)

I definitely have to check the contributor's blog now.

xx
Alice

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlice K

These look awesome! What a great idea, lovely way to spruce up your jewellery! :)

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlana

great idea! i've been wrapping everything in yarn for a year, i will totally have to do this project next! xo

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane Rhodes

Oh, I haven't seen a Tacky Glue bottle in ages -- it brought me right back to my childhood! These are gorgeous. I was just admiring the bright embroidery floss at the craft store yesterday, and now I have an excuse to buy some. xo

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Oh my, they are so pretty! What a fun idea! Gonna add this to my neverending diy-to-do list :)
xo Zoe

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

Love these! I think they will make great gifts for all my best friends!

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

DIY done!! Just finished my first pair, tailored to match tomorrow's outfit. It was so fun and they came out great. Thanks.

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChandra

I love your blog! Thank you so much for sharing this cool diy :D

la vie de taylor blog

March 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

These are so cute and look like earrings you would find in a fancy boutique. I am going to have to give them a try myself. I love your blog BTW!

- Jaime
www.southonbroadway.blogspot.com

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaime Lopez

Can I buy these somewhere?

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

One of the most famous jewelry stores is known for wrapping its items in the little box. myvintagespirit.com, and amethyst engagement rings white gold the jeweler at vintage spirit Buy a love script necklace jewelry , 6mm earrings, or white topaz wedding sets from this famous store and wait for an audible gasp when your partner sees the immediately recognizable gift wrapping.

February 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermy vintage

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