Embroidered jewelry is very unique and attention-grabbing, while at the same time stylish and easy to personalize. It's great to wear casually, or even at formal occassions. Using threads of different colors and different embellishments you can achieve absolutely stunning results and make earrings for different outfits and styles.
The finished size of each earring is about 1" x 2".
Stabilizers: We recommend to use water-soluble mesh, such as Vilene. Vilene D0102 is a non woven dissolvable stabilizer which is imported into the US, is sold in large rolls and is sometimes repackaged under different brand names. Two of these brand names are Wash-Away and Aqua Magic.
Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy, are not suitable for Free-Standing Lace embroidery.
Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why we recommend that at least one of the threads, either in the bobbin or in the needle, should be cotton, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made. Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine web-like lace.
Embroidery rayon thread is too soft, it does not keep its shape and very often its color fades under the influence of chemicals from the water-soluble mesh.
If you are using 50- or 60-weight cotton, you can use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use regular polyester bobbin thread.
We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
For the earrings, cotton thread is the best choice.
Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them after every project.
Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of the design and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Besides watersoluble mesh and embroidery threads you will need earring wire and all kinds of small embellishments - beads, crystals, ribbon flowers, etc.
Step One: Hoop 2 layers of watersoluble mesh. Embroider each file of the set.
Step Two: Cut away the excess stabilizer. Rinse the remainder. Neatly spread on a towel and leave to air dry. Press with steam.
Step Three: Now unleash your creativity and make a one-of-a-kind pair of earrings! Embellish your stitch-outs with pearls, seed beads, crystals, etc.