Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Folkloric embroidered earrings



I have made something lovely and tiny.  These were unexpectedly difficult—not even the improvised cross-stitch pattern on microscopic 30-count fabric, but the affixing of the stitched fabric to the gold filigree jewelry finding in a non-messy way.  I settled on hot glue and wrapping the fabric around teensy circles of card stock.  That was tricky, with glue strings and burned fingers abundant, and my eventual success was somewhat marred by frustration, but so worth it in the end.  Oh, but they’re so pretty!  And I think my old eyes have mostly recovered—those stitches are nothing but specks, and the finished size is hardly larger than the eraser on a pencil.  If I were going to attempt this again, I’d find a way to use a magnifying glass.  Inspiration came from this artist.  My goodness, go and have a look.  So beautiful.  

The filigree findings are from snapcrafty, the gold earring wires are from my local bead shop, and the cross-stitch fabric was gifted to me by a very generous and anonymous soul—thank you out there, whoever you are.  When I wore these today, I got a lot of comments that went along the lines of “Did you make those?  What the heeeeck...”